Eight years ago today, Twitter brought us a whole new way of communicating on the Internet. When Twitter launched in 2006, the iPhone wasn’t on the market yet and tablets were still a few years away. Since then, the social media platform that limits our thoughts to 140 characters has changed the way news breaks and is a measure for the success of television shows. Some could argue that while we’re all tapping away on our mobile devices, tweeting at the world from our couches, cars, and cubicles, we’re also more connected as a result.
Just one day after the social media platform launched, Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and co-creator of Twitter was the first person to ever tweet.
just setting up my twttr
— Jack Dorsey (@jack) March 21, 2006
After that, it didn’t take long for people to catch on the tool. Check out first tweets from your favorite celebrities and share your first tweet in the comments. Can’t remember yours? Twitter created a page where you can enter your handle and see your first 140-character message to the world.
Tis my first twitt-er. Or tweet? Twit? Or tweet? "Twit or tweet everybody." Is this anything?
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 10, 2009
HI TWITTERS . THANK YOU FOR A WARM WELCOME. FEELING REALLY 21st CENTURY .
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) April 17, 2009
And Shaquille O’Neal‘s funny response:
@oprah ur caps r on, btw
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) April 17, 2009
i have officially entered the 20th century. i mean the 21st.
— P!nk (@Pink) April 4, 2009
now that I'm tweeting…that twit, Lauer, can't be far behind!
— Meredith Vieira (@meredithvieira) March 8, 2011
been sitting here for 30 minutes trying to figure out a clever first tweet. still thinking…
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) July 17, 2009
Wow. My first solo tweet. It feels so lonely.
— Adam Levine (@adamlevine) July 21, 2009
Neil Patrick Harris
My first tweet, peeps. I apologize in advance for my slow learning curve. Nice to (sort of) meet you. It's amazing how quickly 140 charac
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) November 16, 2009
— Cher (@cher) May 5, 2010
Testing… testing… Is this thing on??
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) January 11, 2010
Firing up my thumbs… Thanks all for the welcome. Looking forward to live tweeting w you during #JayceeABC special. Sun 9-11p/E.
— Diane Sawyer (@DianeSawyer) July 8, 2011
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 10, 2013
Warren is in the house.
— Warren Buffett (@WarrenBuffett) May 2, 2013
I JUST got a super cool new app called Twitter. Twelloooo!!!
— Cameron (@CameronDiaz) November 8, 2013
My first tweet. No longer a virgin. Be gentle!
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) December 6, 2013