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21 First Tweets Sent By Politicians

Britain’s politicians are now addicted to Twitter. This is how they stumbled onto the service, thanks to the First Tweet website.

1. John Prescott began life on Twitter by talking in the third person and being baffled by technology.

2. While Ed Miliband began with some #drainage #chat.

Not that everyone believed it was actually him.

3. His brother felt the need to use his first tweet to tell the world it was REALLY HIM.

4. Boris Johnson felt thrilled by the potential of social marketing.

Setting up social marketing accounts!

— MayorofLondon (@Boris Johnson)

5. While Eric Pickles sent the most Eric Pickles first tweet ever.

Greeting chums welcome to my first twitter entry. I was due to start during the Conference but my Observer chum Gaby Hinsliff told you 1st

— EricPickles (@Eric Pickles)

6. Nigel Farage was somewhere in Europe, preparing to talk to Europeans about Europe.

In Prague, booked into hotel, before heading of to the Senate for talks on the Lisbon Treaty

— Nigel_Farage (@Nigel Farage)

7. Tom Watson was just a bit ominous.

getting ready for a day of digging

— tom_watson (@tom_watson)

Digging what? A shallow grave?

8. The future Welsh secretary didn’t really know what to call tweeting:

Blogging at home

— DavidJonesMP (@David Jones)

9. While early adopter Labour MP Kerry McCarthy was worried about Ronnie. Watching the snooker?

a bit worried that Ronnie is going to lose it

— KerryMP (@Kerry McCarthy MP)

10. Serious stuff from Louise Mensch:

wonders if Iain Murray saw Obama's "endorsement" of Dawn Butler MP

— LouiseMensch (@Louise Mensch)

11. And William Hague.

Enjoyed the first interviews of the campaign. Off to Channel 4 news next. The choice is change or ruin - 5 more years of Brown would be ruin

— WilliamJHague (@William Hague)

12. While Grant Shapps used his first tweet to bemoan an unsuccessful shopping expedition.

Today I've been relaxing with the family and during the afternoon we popped over to the Howard Centre but didn't buy anything.

— grantshapps (@Grant Shapps MP)

13. Years before Twitter turned “Ed Balls” into a household name, the Labour politician began with this.

I'm pleased all the expenses are finally up on the Parliamentary website. See mine at www.parliament.uk or www.edballs.com

— edballsmp (@Ed Balls)

14. Lib Dems were relatively early adopters.

OK already! Been nagged into tweeting by my friends at CaSE, sci bloggers and all the free speechers, and goaded into it by @RogerHighfield!

— DrEvanHarris (@Dr Evan Harris)

15. And we saw the first of millions of tweets from MPs claiming to have had a “good response” from weekend campaigning.

is discovering that canvassing as a candidate is rather different! Getting a good response though!

— julianhuppert (@Julian Huppert)

Which probably means that only one dog bit you and a couple of people let you talk at them for five minutes because they were lonely.

16. Chuka Umunna hit the jackpot, the genesis tweet, the beginning of everything on Twitter.

learning how to use twitter for the first time

— ChukaUmunna (@Chuka Umunna)

17. Former Labour minister and future jailbird Denis MacShane asked the obvious question.

New to Twitter and still learning the ropes. Any tips?

— DenisMacShane (@Denis MacShane)

18. While Labour’s Chris Bryant didn’t see the point of it.

wondering whether this is a complete waste of time and energy - yet more sitting at a keyboard

— ChrisBryantMP (@Chris Bryant)

He’s since made 24,000 tweets.

19. But that doesn’t compare to the 45,000 tweets sent by Labour’s Stella Creasy. Hopefully she has now answered this question.

is exploring whether Twitter is self indulgent or useful

— stellacreasy (@stellacreasy)

20. It’s always dangerous if you’re late to the party. David Cameron began with a reference to his comment that “too many tweets make a twat”.

I'm starting Conference with this new Twitter feed about my role as Conservative Leader. I promise there won't be "too many tweets..."

— David_Cameron (@David Cameron)

21. As George Osborne discovered when he belatedly posted this first tweet.

Today I'll present a Budget that tackles the economy's problems head on helping those who want to work hard & get on

— George_Osborne (@George Osborne)

And Osborne quickly learned that UK politicians on Twitter have one thing in common: they face an endless stream of highly inventive abuse.

@George_Osborne briefcase wanker

— adamadzharris (@Guly's Apprentice)

@George_Osborne twat. Twat. Twat. Twat. Twat. Twat. Twat.

— 88BenM (@Ben Mason)

George Osborne: Twat hard and twat on.

— eivlion (@David Mitchell)

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