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Friday 22 August 2014

Twitter marks birthday with celebs' first tweet search

Joanna Kiernan

Published 21/03/2014 | 02:30

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SOCIAL media giant Twitter has marked its eighth birthday by launching a tool to enable users to look up the first tweet of any of the social media site's users.

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Judging by some of the first tweets sent out by high- profile Irish Twitter users we took cautious baby steps on to the social media platform. Initially, only a few braved the new frontier of social networking, with the majority joining up in 2010 or even later.

And, a new tool called first-tweets.com, allows users to type in the name of any Twitter account holder to discover what their first ever Twitter update was.

"Finally, I send my first tweet. Never was one for being a guinea pig. More to follow soon," said rugby hero Brian O'Driscoll in his first foray into the twittersphere in January 2010.

His wife Amy Huberman, however, left her tweeting a little longer until October the same year, with her first update: "Brand new feathery fledgling!"

Others like broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan were a little more to the point. "Hi, I've just started on Twitter. Looking forward to using it to tell you all about what I'm doing with Prime Time and lots of other things."

Former Miss Ireland Rosanna Davison announced that she was bowing to peer pressure in hers, with the following: "Finally my rubber arm was twisted and I joined Twitter!!" posted on January 18 2010.

Others such as Graham Norton were a little more detailed. "Playing the piano with Sir David Jason and June Brown. Sort of wish I wasn't wearing a Christmas jumper – oh and that I could actually play!" he first tweeted on October 17, 2011.

Since going live in 2006, Twitter has attracted more than 240 million users, using over 35 different languages.

A number of leading international politicians, religious figures and celebrities, including Pope Francis, British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama are prominent members of the social networking site.

The most popular Twitter account is that of pop queen Katy Perry, who has amassed more than 50 million followers since 2009.

Irish Independent

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