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The Long-Lost Tweets Of The Media Elite

How did the media’s most influential accounts tweet when they first started out? Let’s take another little trip into Twitter’s memory hole.

1. New York Times, 2007:


“Word up!” It is I, the Gray Lady, with a “shoutout” to all my hip young friends. Just wanted you to know I’ve added new specialized feeds.— The New York Times

2. Washington Post, 2009:


Hello new followers! Ready for #inaug09? On Jan. 20, tell us about traffic/Metro/walking problems using hashtag #dcalert (please retweet)— The Washington Post


OH: Man: “Let’s ask (the Nat’l Guardsman) how far the Mall is.” Woman: “…We don’t want the mall. We want to go to that big grassy field.”— The Washington Post

4. Slate, 2008:


Who would’ve thought that a Communist nation would excel at synchronized drumming?— Slate


China in 1978 apparently looked like a Microsoft Windows screen saver— Slate

Butterfly is just hard. It's breaststroke that's weird.

— Slate (@Slate)

Butterfly is just hard. It’s breaststroke that’s weird.— Slate

Phelps is cupping his boob again.

— Slate (@Slate)

Phelps is cupping his boob again.— Slate

8. Newsweek, 2008:

Q: Any early voters out there?

— Newsweek (@Newsweek)

Q: Any early voters out there?— Newsweek

Q: Prediction time: Who wins the presidency? By what margin? What's the deciding factor? And how about House, Senate races?

— Newsweek (@Newsweek)

Q: Prediction time: Who wins the presidency? By what margin? What’s the deciding factor? And how about House, Senate races?— Newsweek

OK, journalists, come on. Our economy is crumbling; we're still in two wars, and you're asking Obama about getting a shelter dog?

— Newsweek (@Newsweek)

OK, journalists, come on. Our economy is crumbling; we’re still in two wars, and you’re asking Obama about getting a shelter dog?— Newsweek

11. CNN, 2007:

Voters reject Chavez's referendum

— CNN (@CNN)

Voters reject Chavez’s referendum— CNN

Indian girl has extra limbs removed

— CNN (@CNN)

Indian girl has extra limbs removed— CNN

13. New Yorker, 2008:

Rahm Emanuel, undecided superdelegate, said that Obama is the “presumptive nominee” during a conversation at The New Yorker Conference.

— NewYorker (@The New Yorker)

Rahm Emanuel, undecided superdelegate, said that Obama is the “presumptive nominee” during a conversation at The New Yorker Conference.— The New Yorker

14. Breaking News, 2007:

JUST IN: US Secretary Rice says no new Cold War in Russian-US relations

— BreakingNews (@Breaking News)

JUST IN: US Secretary Rice says no new Cold War in Russian-US relations— Breaking News

BREAKING: Roadside bomb explodes in Iraq; casaulties reported

— BreakingNews (@Breaking News)

BREAKING: Roadside bomb explodes in Iraq; casaulties reported— Breaking News

16. BBC, 2008:

18. Rupert Murdoch, 2011:

Have just. Read The Rational Optimist. Great book.

— rupertmurdoch (@Rupert Murdoch)

Have just. Read The Rational Optimist. Great book.— Rupert Murdoch

Great time in sea with young daughters, uboating.

— rupertmurdoch (@Rupert Murdoch)

Great time in sea with young daughters, uboating.— Rupert Murdoch

Great oped inWSJ today on Ron Paul. Huge appeal of libertarian message.

— rupertmurdoch (@Rupert Murdoch)

Great oped inWSJ today on Ron Paul. Huge appeal of libertarian message.— Rupert Murdoch

Steve Jobs biog interesting but unfair. Family must hate.

— rupertmurdoch (@Rupert Murdoch)

Steve Jobs biog interesting but unfair. Family must hate.— Rupert Murdoch

22. Steve Forbes, 2010:

One unambiguous piece of great news—youngest daughter graduated from college!

— SteveForbesCEO (@Steve Forbes)

One unambiguous piece of great news—youngest daughter graduated from college!— Steve Forbes

Baseball commissioner should reverse self and restore that perfect game!

— SteveForbesCEO (@Steve Forbes)

Baseball commissioner should reverse self and restore that perfect game!— Steve Forbes

24. Arianna Huffington, 2009:

Many thanks for the warm welcome! I look forward to tweeting for years to come.

— ariannahuff (@Arianna Huffington)

Many thanks for the warm welcome! I look forward to tweeting for years to come.— Arianna Huffington

Writing about credit unions on Monday. Have you read anything interesting about them lately?

— ariannahuff (@Arianna Huffington)

Writing about credit unions on Monday. Have you read anything interesting about them lately?— Arianna Huffington

Had fun at the Webbies. Acceptance speech: I didn't kill newspapers, okay?

— ariannahuff (@Arianna Huffington)

Had fun at the Webbies. Acceptance speech: I didn’t kill newspapers, okay?— Arianna Huffington

27. Tina Brown, 2010:

Count down to our women in the world summit and I'm tweeting my first tweet.

— TheTinaBeast (@Tina Brown)

Count down to our women in the world summit and I’m tweeting my first tweet.— Tina Brown

Ever since the tampon in the car park, my interest in the Tiger story finally died.

— TheTinaBeast (@Tina Brown)

Ever since the tampon in the car park, my interest in the Tiger story finally died.— Tina Brown

Woah! Newsweek.com's superb content will live on under its own banner & in URLs on the new site. Not shutting down, combining.

— TheTinaBeast (@Tina Brown)

Woah! Newsweek.com’s superb content will live on under its own banner & in URLs on the new site. Not shutting down, combining.— Tina Brown

30. David Carr, 2009:

old man stumbles onto social media platform. hits interthing trip wire. mayhem and tears ensue.

— carr2n (@david carr)

old man stumbles onto social media platform. hits interthing trip wire. mayhem and tears ensue.— david carr

I'd do anything to have that just-written feeling except actually write something. 1,400 words = 14 tweets. no biggie, right?

— carr2n (@david carr)

I’d do anything to have that just-written feeling except actually write something. 1,400 words = 14 tweets. no biggie, right?— david carr

Does time and space expand to fill twitter or is it the other way around? I always forget. On pier in nola eating mufeletta. Def. Expanding

— carr2n (@david carr)

Does time and space expand to fill twitter or is it the other way around? I always forget. On pier in nola eating mufeletta. Def. Expanding— david carr

when winter finally ends, we become dawgs hanging our heads out the car window of life. having a moment. please ignore the tongue-slobber.

— carr2n (@david carr)

when winter finally ends, we become dawgs hanging our heads out the car window of life. having a moment. please ignore the tongue-slobber.— david carr

34. Henry Blodget, 2008:

And now MSFT is talking to News Corp about going after Yahoo together! MySpace, MSN, Yahoo

— hblodget (@Henry Blodget)

And now MSFT is talking to News Corp about going after Yahoo together! MySpace, MSN, Yahoo— Henry Blodget

Ballmer: Google Apps blow, no one actually uses them: http://bit.ly/3n5lt

— hblodget (@Henry Blodget)

Ballmer: Google Apps blow, no one actually uses them: http://bit.ly/3n5lt— Henry Blodget

36. Matt Drudge, 2011:

@HowardStern ok if howard's finally going for tweets, I better, too. Always hated the name 'twitter', so bitter.

— DRUDGE (@MATT DRUDGE)

@HowardStern ok if howard’s finally going for tweets, I better, too. Always hated the name ‘twitter’, so bitter.— MATT DRUDGE

Why must Internet terms always be so flakey and such kitch? Blogger Cyber Netizen?! Get it over with, insert the stuxnet in my android!

— DRUDGE (@MATT DRUDGE)

Why must Internet terms always be so flakey and such kitch? Blogger Cyber Netizen?! Get it over with, insert the stuxnet in my android!— MATT DRUDGE

38. Mike Allen, 2009:

We just got Siamese fortune cookies --two in one bag--"The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice you give to others"--SO TRUE!

— mikeallen (@Mike Allen)

We just got Siamese fortune cookies —two in one bag—“The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice you give to others”—SO TRUE!— Mike Allen

TV gonna eat up TIME cover tease: "Boomerangers: Bunking In with Mom and Dad"--opposite of recent trend story saying more taking care of M&D

— mikeallen (@Mike Allen)

TV gonna eat up TIME cover tease: “Boomerangers: Bunking In with Mom and Dad”—opposite of recent trend story saying more taking care of M&D— Mike Allen

40. Ezra Klein, 2009:

Earlier tonight, I was in a latin-asian fusion restaurant playing a techno remix of hava nagila. THis melting pot thing has gone too far.

— ezraklein (@Ezra Klein)

Earlier tonight, I was in a latin-asian fusion restaurant playing a techno remix of hava nagila. THis melting pot thing has gone too far.— Ezra Klein

Bobby flay stole my jacket.

— ezraklein (@Ezra Klein)

Bobby flay stole my jacket.— Ezra Klein

How could there have been a Ryan Reynolds/Rachel Weisz romantic comedy with political overtones and no one told me?

— ezraklein (@Ezra Klein)

How could there have been a Ryan Reynolds/Rachel Weisz romantic comedy with political overtones and no one told me?— Ezra Klein

43. Joan Walsh, 2009:

My daughter Nora had to hold the door to the MSNBC trailer shut to keep out David Shuster and Pat Buchanan while KO taped his promo JW

— joanwalsh (@Joan Walsh)

My daughter Nora had to hold the door to the MSNBC trailer shut to keep out David Shuster and Pat Buchanan while KO taped his promo JW— Joan Walsh

i haven't gotten over this whole black president thing, I gotta say. I could watch this all night...

— joanwalsh (@Joan Walsh)

i haven’t gotten over this whole black president thing, I gotta say. I could watch this all night…— Joan Walsh

Long day. But despite what you've been hearing, and hoping, I'm not going to marry Dick Armey!

— joanwalsh (@Joan Walsh)

Long day. But despite what you’ve been hearing, and hoping, I’m not going to marry Dick Armey!— Joan Walsh

46. Nick Denton, 2009:

The confusing name and amateurish design of theawl.com could be a deliberate antidote to the pro web. Or just be confusing and amateurish.

— nicknotned (@Nick Denton)

The confusing name and amateurish design of theawl.com could be a deliberate antidote to the pro web. Or just be confusing and amateurish.— Nick Denton

Now I know why I don't go to benefits.

— nicknotned (@Nick Denton)

Now I know why I don’t go to benefits.— Nick Denton

To quote the great Marty Singer -- Eric Dane's lawyer -- if you don't want a sex tape on the internet, "don't make one!"

— nicknotned (@Nick Denton)

To quote the great Marty Singer — Eric Dane’s lawyer — if you don’t want a sex tape on the internet, “don’t make one!”— Nick Denton

49. Anthony de Rosa, 2008-9:

Oof, first order of business, unfollow Julia Allison's twitter.

— AntDeRosa (@Anthony De Rosa)

Oof, first order of business, unfollow Julia Allison’s twitter.— Anthony De Rosa

The Super Bowl is opening for The Boss today.

— AntDeRosa (@Anthony De Rosa)

The Super Bowl is opening for The Boss today.— Anthony De Rosa

51. Nick Kristof, 2008:

@sashak and @myoung Thanks for the welcome. I'm trying to avoid going extinct. Help teach me how to do this....--ndk

— NickKristof (@Nicholas Kristof)

@sashak and @myoung Thanks for the welcome. I’m trying to avoid going extinct. Help teach me how to do this….—ndk— Nicholas Kristof

52. Jack Shafer, 2009:

Mark Morford hammers the critique of newspapers by "geek gurus" Shirky, Winer, and Johnson. I sense a building backlash. http://bit.ly/Ez86d

— jackshafer (@Jack Shafer)

Mark Morford hammers the critique of newspapers by “geek gurus” Shirky, Winer, and Johnson. I sense a building backlash. http://bit.ly/Ez86d— Jack Shafer

53. David Gregory, 2009:

Hey, just jumping into the conversation on twitter, thanks to Sacca. I know this is going to be better than the banking comm hearing on now.

— davidgregory (@David Gregory)

Hey, just jumping into the conversation on twitter, thanks to Sacca. I know this is going to be better than the banking comm hearing on now.— David Gregory

54. Dan Abrams, 2009:

I took a long walk with my dad tonight. There is nothing better than quality time with your personal idol.

— danabrams (@Dan Abrams)

I took a long walk with my dad tonight. There is nothing better than quality time with your personal idol.— Dan Abrams

55. Jeff Jarvis, 2007:

I wish we could tag tweets with 140-character reviews: The nano Entertainment Weekly

— jeffjarvis (@Jeff Jarvis)

I wish we could tag tweets with 140-character reviews: The nano Entertainment Weekly— Jeff Jarvis

Jut heard Good Morning America says "you can Twitter on your phone, it's like MySpace on your phone." Close but no iPhone.

— jeffjarvis (@Jeff Jarvis)

Jut heard Good Morning America says “you can Twitter on your phone, it’s like MySpace on your phone.” Close but no iPhone.— Jeff Jarvis

I'm showing my daughter Twitter. Another one corrupted.

— jeffjarvis (@Jeff Jarvis)

I’m showing my daughter Twitter. Another one corrupted.— Jeff Jarvis

She says she's not doing this.

— jeffjarvis (@Jeff Jarvis)

She says she’s not doing this.— Jeff Jarvis

59. Clay Shirky, 2008:

It's funner to curse the darkness than to light a single candle.

— cshirky (@Clay Shirky)

It’s funner to curse the darkness than to light a single candle.— Clay Shirky

Werd!

— cshirky (@Clay Shirky)

Werd!— Clay Shirky

61. Jonah Peretti, my boss, 2010:

Old media is about control, new media is about manipulation

— peretti (@Jonah Peretti)

Old media is about control, new media is about manipulation— Jonah Peretti

This tweet copyright 2010 all rights reserved. No retweeting, copy-pasting, or other duplication allowed without expressed written consent.

— peretti (@Jonah Peretti)

This tweet copyright 2010 all rights reserved. No retweeting, copy-pasting, or other duplication allowed without expressed written consent.— Jonah Peretti

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