this is the first ever PRNewser tweet!
— PRNewser (@PRNewser) October 23, 2008
To celebrate its eighth birthday today, Twitter introduced a “discover” service that allows you to rewind and check out the first tweets (or, as The New York Times still calls them, “Twitter posts”) shared by existing accounts.
We decided to review some firsties by top tweeters to see how the service has changed over the past eight years, because no other blog on earth thought of that angle.
Here are some of your favorite news orgs*:
KO: Here we go.
— PRWeek US (@PRWeekUS) July 24, 2008
PR Industry Advocacy Campaign Unveiled: “It’s the PR” at www.itsthepr.com
— PR News (@PRNews) March 27, 2009
Without Health Benefits, a Good Life Turns Fragile http://shurl.org/bVmbZ
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 5, 2007
Hello Twitterati, The Washington Post is listening.
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 18, 2008
NATIONAL: Confederate Flag Hanging From Noose Stays on Display http://tinyurl.com/257kuo
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 18, 2007
Did Fox censor Sally Field? http://tinyurl.com/27k75l
— Gawker (@Gawker) September 17, 2007
Your favorite tech companies:
[Facebook Blog] Make Your Voice Heard: Vote!: Technology is giving more and more people a.. http://tinyurl.com/44fr5z
— Facebook (@facebook) September 26, 2008
working on iphones via ‘hahlo’ and ‘pocket tweets’ – fun!
— Twitter (@twitter) July 11, 2007
I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010
— A Googler (@google) February 26, 2009
Your favorite public figures:
Thinking we’re only one signature away from ending the war in Iraq. Learn more at http://www.barackobama.com
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 29, 2007
BLOGGED: Today’s Reads (7/8) http://bit.ly/10TSAd
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) July 8, 2009
Dear friends, I thank you from my heart and I ask you to continue to pray for me. Pope Francis.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) March 17, 2013
OK then. Now what about your favorite agencies?
— Edelman PR (@EdelmanPR) August 19, 2011
After helping so many of our clients engage their audiences on Twitter, APCO is finally taking the plunge ourselves!
— APCO Worldwide (@apcoworldwide) October 14, 2010
— Waggener Edstrom (@WaggenerEdstrom) May 16, 2008
An Insider’s Look at Barack Obama’s Groundbreaking Digital Campaign: Join members of Fleishman-Hilla.. http://tinyurl.com/auntuu
— FleishmanHillard (@Fleishman) February 4, 2009
WOMMA releases great, comprehensive WOMM study. The numbers are big, detail is revealing http://bit.ly/gMrJe @jbell99
— Ogilvy PR (@ogilvypr) July 30, 2009
New blog post: LOTD: 12/1/08 http://tinyurl.com/6s7n25
— MWW (@MWWGroup) December 2, 2008
Our work with Alvin Ailey won Honorable Mention last night at the #prweek awards
— Finn Partners (@FinnPartners) March 6, 2009
Kicking things off with a great post on what a social media expert should be, thanks to @designriffs http://tr.im/kKn2
— LEWIS PR (@lewisprus) May 7, 2009
RT @JuliaAngwin Harvard Twitter study: men follow men, and men have more followers: http://tr.im/nq4N
— 5WPR / 5W PR (@5W_PR) June 4, 2009
Our new Web site is live at www.allisonpr.com. Please check it out and feel free to share feedback.
— Allison+Partners (@AllisonPR) February 24, 2009
HGTV Star John Gidding Taps French/West/Vaughan as Agency of Record http://bit.ly/1hPUYC
— French/West/Vaughan (@FWV_US) October 19, 2009
An interesting article on how consumers don’t trust corporate blogs – Forrester Research: http://tinyurl.com/6cgdze
— coynepr (@coynepr) December 18, 2008
Nothing too unpredictable here; just sharing news and research as we do. Apologies to all we left out as we’re on a deadline.
Now, in the interest of full transparency, here are the PRNewser staff’s first tweets:
Irene = lamest super-storm ever. It’s not even raining.
— Patrick Coffee (@PatrickCoffee) August 28, 2011
…Eating crow, seasoning it with salt and realizing what it means to become a Twit?! Welcome to the Twitterverse.
— Shawn Paul Wood (@ShawnPaulWood) October 27, 2009
Has given in and now has a Twitter account. All subsequent lost time spent following others can be credited to @thePRfectWorld
— Elizabeth S Mitchell (@LizzySMitchell) February 22, 2011
How long has it been the holidays? I think I’m ready for the next thing.
— Tonya Garcia (@tgarcianyc) December 22, 2009
Late adopters all.
The point is that we’ve progressed since 2008 and that Twitter has become more valuable as we’ve all figured out how to use it, for better or worse. Like all tools, it has evolved over time and will continue to do so.
Now how, exactly, have our Twitter strategies changed over the past eight years?
*Disclaimer: many may not actually consider these “favorites” to be favorites. Sorry to all we’ve offended.