Twitter is officially ten years old today!
Life before the social platform launched to the public on July 15, 2006, is a distant memory, but thanks to Discover Twitter it’s possible to wade back through time and discover anyone’s fist tweet.
Naturally celebrities make some of the most interesting subjects for this experiment, and as reported by the Daily Star, many of their first efforts are hilariously cringey.
Harry Styles took to it like a 40-year-old man yearning for his pipe and slippers…
Enjoying my day at home :)
— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) August 22, 2010
Zayn, meanwhile, opted to use his first tweet to explain that it was him.
hi guys zayn malik here :)
— zayn (@zaynmalik) August 9, 2010
Louis Tomlinson surprisingly wasn’t tweeting about the mighty Doncaster Rovers.
Although he did revert to being a horny teen trying to flirt…
@luciejones1 you are an absolute babe ha . Fantastic voice my favourite from last year x
— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) May 8, 2010
Katy Perry is the most followed person on the bird site with 90.5 million drawn to her feed.
People just can’t get enough of her cold symtpom updates…
Just got into Berlin… feeling better thank you, have my vicks inhaler by my bedside… and P.S. I TWITTTTER! GAH. Such a follower!
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) February 21, 2009
Kim Kardashian is now an award winner for her use of online media, but even she had to clarify who was really behind the account.
Hey guys it's Kim Kardashian! I finally signed up for Twitter! There are a few fakes so just know this is the real me!!!
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 21, 2009
Hmmmm, that’s precisely what an imposter would say…
Younger sibling Kylie Jenner just couldn’t contain her excitement!
Hi Twitter!!! I finally Tweet!!
— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) January 11, 2011
Typical Biebs, of course his first tweet was a plug…
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
Conor McGregor is a master of using Twitter to create his own hype.
He had the good sense to avoid an awkward first tweet by just having someone else take responsibility – very clever.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 7, 2011
Taylor Swift confessed to being a cat lady…
apologizing to a very needy cat for being gone so long.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) December 6, 2008
Disappointingly Ed Balls’ first effort was not just ‘Ed Balls’.
I'm pleased all the expenses are finally up on the Parliamentary website. See mine at www.parliament.uk or www.edballs.com
— Ed Balls (@edballs) June 18, 2009
Fair play to Calvin Harris for nailing the honest approach though!
In Perth Airport, Australia, in a stinking t-shirt and sweaty jeans trying to start Ting Tings remix and drinking apple juice
— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) January 5, 2009
Most of these guys have improved greatly online since then, apart from Azealia Banks and Hulk Hogan, their use of social media is still mind-bogglingly awful…
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.