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Twitter marks eighth birthday with 'first tweet' tool

A chance to remember when you were younger in 140 characters
Thu Mar 20 2014, 15:27
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SOCIAL NETWORK Twitter is celebrating its eighth birthday with a look back at some people's first tweets.

It has published a blog post in lieu of a giant cake, and that sees the firm reflecting on its past.

"Eight years later, you have transformed the platform into a place to discover new ideas, connect with other people, and express yourselves. And to mark our eighth birthday tomorrow, we're excited to share a brand new tool,," it said.

"Since 2006, millions of prolific tweeters across the UK and beyond have made Twitter an exciting, fun and powerful place to connect with others. More than 500 million tweets are now being sent every day and more than 240 million of you are active on Twitter across the globe."

The blog includes the first Twitter tweet, a short missive from Jack Dorsey that shows Twitter was once called Twttr.

Other messages apparently are designed to appeal to us Brits, and we are shown the first tweets from television luminaries like Holly Willoughby and Russell Brand, as well as some chap named Dave Cameron.

The blog reminds us that not just celebrities, politicians, sports people and movie stars use Twitter, but run of the mill punters too.

Those in the unverified cheapseats can see their first messages on the First Tweets website, or search for those by others.

"Using this tool, you can look back to find your very first tweet - or for that matter, anyone else's," Twitter added. "Just type in the @username, be it yours or your best pal, favourite comedian, footballer or TV idol. It's easy to get searching." µ


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