Twitter has come a long way in its eight years. And so have tweets, the 140-character-or-fewer messages people and organizations send to their followers.
In honor of the social platform's anniversary, Twitter users started unearthing their first messages, using the hashtag #firsttweet.
We rounded up a selection of the best ones from companies, individuals and organizations. If there is a theme here it's, "We're on Twitter. Can anybody hear us?"
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey published the very first tweet on March 21, 2006.
just setting up my twttr— Jack Dorsey (@jack) March 21, 2006
Twitter's first official company tweet came on July 11, 2007. The message wasn't exactly Neil Armstrong-esque.
working on iphones via 'hahlo' and 'pocket tweets' - fun!— Twitter (@twitter) July 11, 2007
July 6, 2007, was a hot one, according to the first tweet from Yahoo News.
Heat wave could continue into next week (AP) http://tinyurl.com/2hpv5q— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) July 7, 2007
How about President Obama? His first tweet came in 2007, well before he was president.
Thinking we're only one signature away from ending the war in Iraq. Learn more at http://www.barackobama.com— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 29, 2007
Sarah Palin? She tweeted a promo for her "Going Rogue" book tour.
Michigan-thx 4 Going Rogue! Perfect tour kickoff w/Kid Rock tune praising Northern MI humming in backgrnd @ Barnes/Noble. Above expectations— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) November 19, 2009
CNN's first tweet was something you might expect from TMZ.
Reality TV star Anna Nicole Smith dies at 39 http://tinyurl.com/3dm4p5— CNN (@CNN) February 9, 2007
Speaking of TMZ...
A judge has awarded sole custody of Sharon Stone's adopted child Roan to her ex-husband, Phil Bronstein.— TMZ (@TMZ) September 23, 2008
Here's the Biebs' deep thoughts, circa 2009. MySpace(!)
Check out my single "ONE TIME" on my myspace and spread the word for me. Thanks www.myspace.com/justinbieber— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) May 12, 2009
Bill Gates tweeted for the first time in January 2010. Note the quotation marks. Was the hello sarcastic?
"Hello World." Hard at work on my foundation letter - publishing on 1/25.— Bill Gates (@BillGates) January 19, 2010
Perpetual Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio was all business from the start.
Ocean animals are being hard hit by the Gulf. Take the Save My Oceans pledge: http://bit.ly/alrquT— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) May 15, 2010
Kate Upton's first tweet must have had plenty of people clutching their pearls in horror.
I am trying to figure out how to make the background a picture of my boobs— Kate Upton (@KateUpton) October 21, 2010
Bill Clinton didn't join Twitter until 2013, but he made a splash with his first message.
Just spent amazing time with Colbert!Is he sane? He is cool! #cgiu— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) April 6, 2013
The White House didn't get on Twitter until 2009. The first tweet was polite if not memorable.
Welcome to the official Twitter page for the White House!— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 1, 2009
God (or at least someone on Twitter purporting to be God), started off with a bang.
In the beginning, the blue rectangle was formless and empty. And I said, “Let there be text,” and there was text; and I saw that it was gd.— God (@TheTweetOfGod) October 21, 2010
Tweet or do not tweet. There is no try.
3-2-1 Starwars.com Twitter blast off!— Star Wars (@starwars) February 4, 2009
The first tweet from The New York Times.
Without Health Benefits, a Good Life Turns Fragile http://shurl.org/bVmbZ— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 5, 2007
"The Daily Show" didn't get on Twitter until 2010; rather hard to believe.
It's been a long two weeks, but we're back with all-new episodes! Don't miss Jon's interview with author William Rosen tonight at 11pm/10c.— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) July 26, 2010
Finally, if The Onion had its way, there would be no social networks.
The Onion reluctantly expands its Inter-net presence via Face-book. Damn the lot of you! http://urltea.com/2u7n— The Onion (@TheOnion) March 4, 2008
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