The First Tweets on @Twitter





Little known fact.


Twitter will turn 6…SIX!…on March 21st. That’s right. Before long, the service will be picking up a Trapper Keeper and starting the first grade. As of this posting, Twitter users have sent over 158 quadrillion tweets.


Twitter’s origins lie in a “daylong brainstorming session” held by board members of the podcasting company Odeo. Dorsey introduced the idea of an individual using an SMS service to communicate with a small group.[11] The original project code name for the service was twttr, an idea that Williams later ascribed toNoah Glass,[12] inspired by Flickr and the five-character length of American SMS short codes. The developers initially considered “10958″ as a short code, but later changed it to “40404″ for “ease of use and memorability.”[13] – Wikipedia.


Twitter users sent less than 100 tweets on Day 1. Here is a look at all of them.


Jack Dorsey’s account (@jack) posted The First-Ever Tweet though it was automated. Dorsey created Twitter and is currently Executive Chairman. He has sent just over 10,500 tweets.


Work on the project started on March 21, 2006, when Dorsey published the first Twitter message at 9:50 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST): “just setting up my twttr”.[14] – Wikipedia.



The next string of tweets were all automated as well. The second tweet came from Biz Stone’s account. Stone is one of the Co-Founders of Twitter but is no longer with the company. He is currently Chief Creative Officer at Obvious. Stone has yet to send 5,000 tweets.



The third tweet came from Noah Glass. Glass is a Twitter Co-Founder but the so-called “forgotten one.” Glass was fired early on in the Twitter days. In an interview with Business Insider he said, “I felt betrayed by my friends, by my company, by these people around me I trusted and that I had worked hard to create something with.” He is no longer active on the service having sent only 1,175 tweets and is not a verified user. He has virtually disappeared from the public’s consciousness.



A number of automated tweets followed this including this one from Evan Williams. Williams is another Twitter Co-Founder that is no longer with the company. He is a Partner at Obvious. He has sent nearly 6,400 tweets.



And the First-Ever Human Tweet.


And the next ones.

The First-Ever Expletive.

Sagolla was the service’s first prolific tweeter though he slowed down after the first day. He still hasn’t sent out 5,000 tweets.

The First-Ever @Mention. To a User that didn’t exist…

No, Biz. Just. No.

And finally,


Since that first day, Twitter has grown immensely. Twitter reports there being over 100 million active users.

And the number of tweets is staggering.

Over 1.5 million tweets alone mentioned @TimTebow the week after the Broncos upset the Steelers in the NFL Playoffs.

Last week more than 1.5 million Tweets mentioned @TimTebow during the Denver Broncos’ overtime win against the Pittsburgh Steelers—and, reacting to Tebow’s game-winning touchdown pass to @DemaryriusT, fans set a new Twitter sports record of 9,420 Tweets per second. That’s more than double the Tweets per second peak from last year’s Super Bowl game (4,064). – Twitter blog


While Tebow Mania has probably peaked, Twitter Mania probably hasn’t.

Looking forward to another year of tweets in 2012…