Twitter unearths your first tweet - CNNIn the early going, founders were using the vowel-free "Twttr" because they were focused on mobile and hoped to get the SMS shortcode 89887 (TWTTR). Unfortunately, according to co-founder Jack Dorsey, that was already owned by Teen People. This was his first tweet.
Twitter unearths your first tweet - CNNTwitter was still a digital infant in March 2007, when the world's technorati descended on Austin, Texas, for the South by Southwest Interactive festival. According to its founders, Twitter traffic more than tripled that week. All those influencers went home and shared the glories of a service even some tech-savvy folks didn't quite understand at the time.
Twitter unearths your first tweet - CNNWith one word, U.S. graduate student James Buck set in motion the process that would eventually get him freed from prison in Egypt. He was arrested April 10, 2008, while reporting on protests in the city of Mahalla. His one-word tweet spread quickly to friends and new supporters, who shined a spotlight on his situation.
Twitter unearths your first tweet - CNNDorsey calls January 15, 2009, the day Capt. Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger landed a failing U.S. Airways airliner on the Hudson River, a major turning point for Twitter. "It just changed everything," he said. "Suddenly the world turned its attention (to us), because we (Twitter users) were the source of news."
Twitter unearths your first tweet - CNNActor Ashton Kutcher became the first Twitter user to reach 1 million followers in April 2009, after a race with CNN's breaking news feed. Predictably, some Twitter purists bemoaned a celebrity takeover of their digital hangout.
Twitter unearths your first tweet - CNN"Twitter celebrity" isn't exactly a career path most guidance counselors would suggest. But it happens. Justin Halpern created his "Sh*t My Dad Says" feed on August 3, 2009, to share quotes he'd collected for years. The account spawned a book deal and a TV show starring William Shatner.
Twitter unearths your first tweet - CNNThe so-called "Arab Spring," which began in 2010, was fueled in part on social media like Twitter and Facebook. Young activists used the platforms to communicate among themselves and get their message out to others, even when governments sought to shut down Internet access.
Twitter unearths your first tweet - CNNU.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner made "my Twitter was hacked" the new "dog ate my homework" in June 2011, after his account was used to send salacious selfies to a woman who was not his wife. The unfolding scandal made him the first congressman to resign over a tweet.
Twitter unearths your first tweet - CNNPerhaps it's natural that Twitter, a place first adopted by techies, would be particularly affected by the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. On October 25, 2011, the day Jobs died, Twitter feeds filled with memorials, including the resurfacing of many of his quotes.
Twitter unearths your first tweet - CNNThis tweet by President Obama's account, shortly after his re-election on November 5, 2012, became the most retweeted post of all time until it was topped by Ellen DeGeneres's group selfie at the Oscars.
Twitter unearths your first tweet - CNNShort messages were joined by short videos in January of this year when Twitter rolled out Vine, a mobile tool that lets users create and share looping, six-second videos. Five months later, Facebook-owned Instagram would add a similar video feature.
Twitter unearths your first tweet - CNNBig events like awards shows and major sporting events are when Twitter is at its communal, snarky best. At its peak during the February 3 Super Bowl, thanks to a halftime performance by Beyonce and a power outage, there were 268,000 tweets being sent every minute.
Twitter unearths your first tweet - CNN " border="0" height="360" id="articleGalleryPhoto0013" class="c6" width="640"/>On April 13, 2013, hackers from the Syrian Electronic Army briefly took over the Associated Press Twitter account and posted "Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured." The Dow Jones plummeted briefly based on the fake "news."

Twitter unearths your first tweet - CNNposted March 2 from the Oscars by host Ellen DeGeneres, collected 3.4 million retweets to become the most popular Twitter message ever. " border="0" height="360" id="articleGalleryPhoto0014" class="c6" width="640"/>This star-studded selfie, posted March 2 from the Oscars by host Ellen DeGeneres, collected 3.4 million retweets to become the most popular Twitter message ever.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Twitter has introduced a tool that lets users see their first-ever tweets
  • People can also look up the first tweet of any other Twitter user
  • Friday marks the eighth anniversary of the first Twitter message


(CNN) -- Unless you have a photographic memory or just joined Twitter last week, you probably don't recall your first tweet.
That's OK. Twitter would like to show it to you.
To commemorate Friday's eighth anniversary of the first Twitter message, Twitter has introduced a tool that lets users relive their Twitter debuts. Type your Twitter handle into the search field and it spits out your first-ever tweet in its full, date-stamped glory -- typos, clever witticisms, clumsy hashtags and all.
You can also look up the first tweet of any other user, from NBA star Kobe Bryant ("The antisocial has become social #mambatweets") to billionaire Warren Buffett ("Warren is in the house").
Previously, if you wanted to find someone's old messages on Twitter you had to scour Google (if they're famous), do a cumbersome Twitter search, try a social-search tool such as Topsy or -- heaven forbid -- scroll back through hundreds, even thousands, of tweets.
Based on a quick review of notable #FirstTweets (yes, it's a trending topic now), many people seemed a little unsure in the beginning about this newfangled Twitter thing. Take Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, whose first tweet in 2009 said, "Just started this tweety bird thing... We'll see how it goes. Still skeptical."
Vonn has since tweeted 1,850 more times. Guess she got the hang of it.
On March 21, 2006, the first Twitter message was published by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, who wrote, "just setting up my twttr." Twitter didn't launch to the public until July of that year, but grew steadily as it became recognized as a speedy source for news.
In recent years,Twitter has become arguably the leading platform for real-time chatter around breaking news and live TV events such as the Oscars and the Super Bowl. The service how has more than 241 million monthly active users.
Read on for some other notable first tweets:
Greetings Tweetarians!I have just landed on your Planet.This could be my last Tweet.
— Jerry Seinfeld (@JerrySeinfeld) July 15, 2011
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Check out my single "ONE TIME" on my myspace and spread the word for me. Thanks www.myspace.com/justinbieber
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) May 12, 2009
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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
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testing
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) January 2, 2007
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Today I interviewed a squirrel in my backyard and then threw to commercial. Somebody help me.
— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) February 24, 2010
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Testing... testing... Is this thing on??
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) January 11, 2010
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