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Who Tweeted About It First? A Peek At Twitter’s Early Archives

Who tweeted about twerking first? A new Twitter archive search opens up the site’s earliest history. Here are a few of the most interesting firsts.

1. The creation of “Follow Fridays”:


Micah Baldwin

@micah

I am starting Follow Fridays. Every Friday, suggest a person to follow, and everyone follow him/her. Today its @fancyjeffrey & @w1redone.

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Micah Baldwin

@micah

Follow Fridays - suggest someone to follow / everyone follow / use the hastag #followfriday (thanks @myklroventine for the hashtag idea)

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3. The birth of #tcot:

4. And the genesis of terrible terms like “tweeps”:


Robert Sinclaire

@RobertSinclaire

goodnight….twitters? Tweeps? Twits? Goodnight.

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5. And Glocal:


Antonio Tombolini

@TomBolini

Business-planning about Glocal Food

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6. And crowdfunding:

7. “The future of news”:

Amused how I keep hearing about SF earthquakes via Twitter. Is this the future of news?

— fimoculous (@Rex Sorgatz)

Rex Sorgatz

@fimoculous

Amused how I keep hearing about SF earthquakes via Twitter. Is this the future of news?

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8. First mention of Black Twitter:

9. The first LOL:

did the church thing now doin the family thing happy easter heathens lol

— krissy (@Krissy Bush)

Krissy Bush

@krissy

did the church thing now doin the family thing happy easter heathens lol

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10. And the first selfie:

11. First sext:

having sext break

— ppojawa (@Pawel Pojawa)

Pawel Pojawa

@ppojawa

having sext break

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12. The first (and saddest) meme:

13. Mad Men:

14. The iPhone:

Had a dream last night that Steve Jobs gave me a demo of the iPhone and the ringtones were all hyphy. Hrm.

— jack (@Jack Dorsey)

Jack Dorsey

@jack

Had a dream last night that Steve Jobs gave me a demo of the iPhone and the ringtones were all hyphy. Hrm.

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holding out for the iPhone

— michellzappa (@Michell Zappa)

Michell Zappa

@michellzappa

holding out for the iPhone

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16. The iPad’s first mention came nearly three years before its arrival in stores.

17. The cronut is far older than we thought…

Getting a crossaint and a donut....A Cronut baha

— DarnelGiovani (@Darnel Giovani)

Darnel Giovani

@DarnelGiovani

Getting a crossaint and a donut….A Cronut baha

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18. Same with twerking.

19. And the earlier “twurking.”

I whistle while i twurk

— FROG_BIRD (@Burger Meat)

Burger Meat

@FROG_BIRD

I whistle while i twurk

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20. Barack Obama, before becoming a household name.

21. Mark Zuckerberg has come a long way since his first mention on Twitter…

Mark Zuckerberg: good at running Facebook, awkward at panels.

— toomuchnick (@Nick Douglas)

Nick Douglas

@toomuchnick

Mark Zuckerberg: good at running Facebook, awkward at panels.

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22. And so has Justin Bieber.

@asherroth man... that Justin Bieber kid is fire...

— BDray (@Brandon D)

Brandon D

@BDray

@asherroth man… that Justin Bieber kid is fire…

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Which is linked to an amazing 2008 blog post. “Remember where you heard it from first; Justin Bieber is going to be MAJOR!”

24. Donald Trump…not so much.

Donald Trump needs to die.

— so_n_so (@Danileeta)

Danileeta

@so_n_so

Donald Trump needs to die.

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26. And a few things that remind us nothing has changed since 2006:

27. Cat videos:

watching cat videos on youtube

— craigcook (@Craig)

Craig

@craigcook

watching cat videos on youtube

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28. Facebook:

i fell into facebook and i can't get out

— Adam (@Adam Rugel)

Adam Rugel

@Adam

i fell into facebook and i can’t get out

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If the current Facebook user backlash tells us one thing, it's that Facebook users don't really understand what's private and what's public online.

— Hybernaut (@Brian ⊕ Del Vecchio)

Brian ⊕ Del Vecchio

@Hybernaut

If the current Facebook user backlash tells us one thing, it’s that Facebook users don’t really understand what’s private and what’s public online.

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30. And, for posterity, the first mention of BuzzFeed:

Twitter on Buzzfeed.http://buzzfeed.com/buzz/Twitter -- now, to submit this post to Buzzfeed to go for another loop...

— moth (@tim shey)

tim shey

@moth

Twitter on Buzzfeed.http://buzzfeed.com/buzz/Twitter — now, to submit this post to Buzzfeed to go for another loop…

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Charlie Warzel is a senior writer for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Warzel reports on and writes about the intersection of tech and culture.
Contact Charlie Warzel at charlie.warzel@buzzfeed.com
 
 
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