It’s been nearly eight years since Twitter became a thing that exists on the Internet. Most of us regular folk began our tweeting with a predictable “I don’t know what I’m doing“-like message of shaky confidence and confusion; and, as it turns out, cable news hosts weren’t much more self-assured in the beginning either.
just setting up my twttr
— Jack Dorsey (@jack) March 21, 2006
We were all so young back then! Eventually, as the kinks got worked out, celebrities began to join:
Hello my filthy , fabulous, dirty rich, fame lovers. I'm in Miami right now, just had a crazy week/ day preparing for winter music confe …
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) March 27, 2008
And, of course, opinionated cable news personalities began to take their brand to the Twitters, engaging in the usual awkward self-promotion:
Greetings friends — finally made the leap to Twitter. Hope you join me at 1pm EST for our new show America Live!
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) February 3, 2010
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) September 15, 2010
keith olbermann congratulating me about my new show http://msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) September 4, 2008
Start following me on Twitter @seanhannity to get the latest show news, guest info, and more!
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) November 18, 2009
For the record, in retrospect, Hannity’s second tweet foreshadows future Fox hirings:
watching the view and yes, @ehasselbeck is on with me tonight on tv. lining up the rest of the show.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) November 19, 2009
Among others, there were those who either had someone else tweeting for them or just really, really loved to talk about themselves (would you be surprised?) in the third person:
Joe Scarborough is watching Alan Keyes call the President a communist and wonders when conservatives will ever learn.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) February 23, 2009
Todd is heading out to an Obama rally — it's raining, it's frigid and it's going to be outdoors!
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) October 28, 2008
Michelle is humming "Baby, It's Cold Outside" on her drive home from Fox News.
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) December 5, 2008
Be sure to tune in and watch Donald Trump on Late Night with David Letterman as he presents the Top Ten List tonight!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 4, 2009
There were the mundane link-outs:
On Bush legacy (by Bob Herbert, NYT) http://icanhaz.com/herbertaddupdamage
— morningmika (@morningmika) December 30, 2008
Fill in the blank…..: polls – Take Our Poll Share http://tinyurl.com/6ebc3x
— Greta Van Susteren (@gretawire) August 28, 2008
Useful references to ongoing feuds:
This is my first 'tweet'. I'll try to keep the lying about train travel to a minimum.
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) May 21, 2009
And crow-eating on the part of a certain anchor who had previously named Twitter “the worst person in the world”:
I give up. I was wrong. Young and foolish. Now my twitter-cot belongs to the ages. Behold: I tweet.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) April 9, 2010
The Red Eye gang entered with self-deprecating humor:
I AM PLAYFULLY TUGGING AT A PIMPLE ON MY NECK, WHILE IT HELPS ME FIND AFFORDABLE AUTO INSURANCE ON THE WEB.
— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) April 21, 2009
trying to figure out why anyone would give a damn what i'm doing
— Andy Levy (@andylevy) December 24, 2008
Some sought job applicants:
This is my first tweet. Why now? Because we want the best team on earth for our new CNN show. Email email@example.com with resumes.
— Erin Burnett (@ErinBurnett) June 23, 2011
Others had some kinks to work out:
Just in from Hurricane. Up at 4:30am. Drove from n.o. to Gulfport. Flew to Atlanta. Anchoring show at 1p. can't get mom in B.R, La. yikes!
— Don Lemon (@DonLemonCNN) September 3, 2008
unprotected them.. my updates should be all set.. sorry for that.. thanks for following me!!!
— Don Lemon (@DonLemonCNN) September 3, 2008
Some engaged with their celebrity friends:
@PerezHilton hey p- did u change personal email, can u resend to me privately?
— Thomas Roberts (@ThomasARoberts) January 14, 2010
And, of course, Piers Morgan made his grand entrance with a little British humor:
BREAKING NEWS: I'm now a Twit. Official.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 30, 2010
BONUS: Glenn Beck’s third tweet:
I like fish
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) May 22, 2009
If you’re curious to find the first tweets of you or any other user, check out the search function at Topsy.com.
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