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richardhenry's avatar

Where's the first ever tweet on Twitter?

Asked by richardhenry (12623 points ) January 26th, 2009

Can you link me? Which of the Twitter staff posted it?

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benseven's avatar

The answer could lie here.

willbrawn's avatar

Ah the beginnging of a social site

benseven's avatar

Beginnging? Yegess!

tonedef's avatar

I believe it was some dude asking what was so special about salt and pepper.

richardhenry's avatar

Biz’s tweet is #21: http://twitter.com/biz/status/21

Ev’s tweet is #28: http://twitter.com/ev/status/28

Hrm. I wonder if there’s earlier ones.

richardhenry's avatar

To put those into perspective, my latest tweet is 1,149,158,223rd (one billionth, one hundred and forty nine millionth, one hundred and fifty eight thousandth, two hundred and twenty third).

dynamicduo's avatar

I’ve channeled all my google-fu into finding an answer, or leads on an answer. The first clue is this page which is trying to find the first Twitter user. It seems user numbers 1–11 are not currently active, so I’ll assume they were used for testing, and thus the first ever post made on the service we now know as Twitter was likely done using those testing accounts, which would have been deleted with the now-inactive 1–11 user accounts. (That’s how I test my web applications – get everything running smoothly, do some test posts, wipe the database and use that same wiped database for the live site, so the primary keys may still be saved in memory and thus the first row added in gets a primary key of 12 in the case for the user accounts).

That page also shows the same post which is seen in both of your links about setting up twittr (note the spelling). Because all three messages are identical, and because the timestamps on your two links are minutes apart, I conclude it is an automated post made by the server when the user account was created for the first time.

So my final conclusion is that the first Twitter post is likely a tie between the ones you’ve posted and any similar one that may be in the twitter account “jack” which is the oldest account on Twitter and logically the founder’s account. Very likely, the true first post on Twitter has been deleted during the testing phase.

OH! Check it! I’ve found it! http://twitter.com/jack/status/20 is, as I predicted, the same message you found, but dated one minute in the past.

So if you count that post as the server posting, the first true Twitter post is likely this one from Jack, as the only other accounts in existence at that time were (presumably, but not with any proof here) biz and ev, and neither of those accounts have a post at the URL between 20 and 29.

What a mystery! That was fun to unravel :)

richardhenry's avatar

@dynamicduo Figured, thanks for doing the digging! Part of me wants there to be a secret #1 tweet, though. :)

dynamicduo's avatar

Yeah, now my mind is not happy with the answer I’ve come up with, because I KNOW there were Tweets under 20 that were deleted! What is Tweet #1?! Only Jack would know. Maybe we should email him and ask! :D

richardhenry's avatar

@dynamicduo I spoke to Greg Pass via email while optimising Cursebird. I’m tempted to get back in touch with him and bug him about it. Heh.

dynamicduo's avatar

Cute app by the way! I was surprised to find out I only swear on Twitter like a primary school teacher. Gotta build up my rank!

MrMontpetit's avatar

MacMontpetit swears like an Enthusiastic Porn Star apparently.

I’ve seen this before, but didn’t realize you built it @richardhenry, nice one!

tonedef's avatar

@richardhenry! I love cursebird! I didn’t know you were behind it.

Vincentt's avatar

Heh, now I started wondering what Fluther’s first question was… Lurve for @tonedef :)

I also already knew Cursebird, but I think I found it through Fluther. You’re not planning to support Identi.ca coincidentally? ;)

This question makes me think of Ubuntu bug #1

tonedef's avatar

@vincentt, excellent Ubuntu link! That’s so cute. :)

tonedef's avatar

This came up again on The Colbert Report last night! Link.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

“Watson, pics or it didn’t happen.” Sadly, we’ll never know what “it” was. We don’t have the pics.

abtd82's avatar

congress has officially released the first ever tweet

http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/4938/tweet2.jpg

thecaretaker's avatar

Im going to take a wild guess and say it was Ashton Kutcher asking Demi Moore something sexual, wasnt he the guy that was promoting the tweet

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