OldTweets Reveals Twitter Founders‚Äô First Tweets, And Yours Too. (Wow, They Were Boring!)
This week,¬†Kellan Elliott-McCrea¬†launched a new Twitter search engine called “oldtweets” to a bit of¬†buzz. As the name implies, this tool¬†finally¬†lets you pull up tweets from Twitter’s early days, specifically its first year up-and-running. That means tweet IDs 1 to 20,000,000, to be exact, which occurred during parts of 2006 and 2007. And you guys, this is the most fun I’ve had on the Internet all week.
Now, we¬†all know¬†the infamous¬†first tweet¬†from co-founder now CEO¬†Jack Dorsey: “just setting up my twttr,” but with oldtweets, you can actually pull up a history of Twitter’s early adopters’ first communications. And so, for the heck of it, that’s just what we did, starting with the Twitter co-founders themselves.
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What does oldtweets tell us? Well, mainly that we were super-dull people on Twitter at first. (Maybe we still are, but have lost our sense of self-awareness?). Yes, we were tweeting the mundane details of our lives back then. As TechCrunch blogger-turned-VC¬†MG Siegler notes¬†of the early tweets,¬†”my god they were boring.” (One of his first, appropriately: “writing a blog post.”)
Meanwhile, Dorsey first tweeted out fascinating tidbits like “lunch,” “sleep,” and oddly, “drawing naked people.” OK.
As for co-founder Evan Williams, he¬†also tweeted out¬†”just setting up my twttr,” at 4:02 PM on March 21st, 2006, just twelve minutes after Dorsey had¬†done¬†the same. I guess this was what all the cool kids were tweeting back then -¬†Biz Stone did it, too. But Williams proceeded to use Twitter for posting thoughts about the¬†technicalities¬†of the service, and other ideas he was having at the time, e.g., “wishing that this form field got focus() onload,” “thinking: what if Odeo was a web-based media player?,” “wondering if the status web page should auto-refresh (ajax! ; ).”
Co-founder¬†Biz Stone¬†also used Twitter more for status updates from his daily life – “wishing I had another sammich,” “feeling pains in my back,” and “going out to do an errand,” for example – but a little excitement could be found back in the first days, too: “getting my odeo folks on this deal.”
Looking for some more early Twitter users to stalk? Try¬†Listorious. Or just try entering in usernames you know, like¬†Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley¬†(@dens), who once¬†tweeted¬†”about to die from this hangover,” and¬†later, “not dead yet.”
But seriously, oldtweets. I could do this all day.