Twitter launched in July of 2006 and I joined on Oct 4th, 2010. I have to admit that before I joined, I had my reservations about twitter. I didn’t really understand what it was all about and thought it was just about following celebrities and tweeting about the minutia of every day life. I had no idea what an amazing tool it was and how much it would shrink the world for me and connect me with so many different people. I am currently approaching 600 followers and 3000 tweets on my Twitter account, fairly modest numbers I would wager, but I thought I would take a trip down Twitter-y lane and check out my early Twitter feed! So I actually scrolled back to the beginning to see how I, and Twitter, have evolved in the 3 years I have been on.
Here is my first tweet! (Kind of funny I think.)
As I read through my early tweets I noticed a few things. First of all, I used to tweet a lot more than I do now. I attribute this to the fact that at the time, Twitter and Facebook were my only social media sites, and I had way more time to tweet. Now my time is split between so many more social media sites and apps on my phone, (not to mention a 4 year old daughter and a girlfriend). I also noticed that my earlier tweets were much more whimsical and a lot less edited than they are now. I was tweeting to be funny and was not too concerned about the content. My tweets were not crude or anything, but I was a lot more free back then. At the time I was still learning how to post photo’s and video’s. I was talking about songs to listen to instead of posting the song or YouTube video. I was having a lot of fun contributing to different trending hashtags, which I rarely do anymore. I really dove in at the beginning and instantly loved Twitter. I loved connecting with people I didn’t know from all over the world.
The funny thing about reading through my tweets was that I remembered all of them, and some of them seemed like I just tweeted them yesterday. In many cases it didn’t seem like 3 years ago. It was also very cool to see the tweets of some of the milestones in my life over the past 3 years. In some ways it was like a little diary. I really enjoyed that aspect of looking back. A lot changes in 3 years and Twitter is a daily record of the things happening in our personal lives and in the world. Pretty amazing.
For all of you on Twitter, I encourage you to take a trip down Twitter-y lane. Do you remember what your very first tweet was? I would love to hear it. Feel free to share!