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Find Your Old Tweets: How to Find Your First (Worst?) Tweet

By Elisa Gabbert | Small Business

Can’t remember what your first tweet was? It was probably “Hello world!” or “Is this thing on?” or “I finally joined Twitter, am I doing it right” or “Twitter sucks,” but if you want to know for sure, you’ll need to dig back into your archives.

Unfortunately, Twitter only displays your last 3200 tweets in your timeline, so if you’re anything like me (I’ve been on Twitter since May 2009 and have well over 40,000 tweets), that won’t cut it.

Here are the two easiest ways to find your oldest tweets, including your first tweet. (I promise these work – a lot of the methods and tools you’ll find in the Google results don’t.)

How to Find Your Old Tweets Using Twitter Search

Open up Twitter.com and go to the search bar:

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Type in the following string but with your username and the date range you want to look at:

from:username since:yyyy-mm-dd until:yyyy-mm-dd

So, for example, if I want to see all my tweets from my first month on Twitter, I’d insert:

from:egabbert since:2009-05-12 until:2009-06-12

This will show you your earliest tweets – but note that the default view is of your “Top” tweets; click “All” to see every tweet from this time period.

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Scroll to the bottom and ta-da: There’s my first tweet!

Losing my Twitter virginity

— Elisa Gabbert (@egabbert) May 12, 2009

Not my “best work,” I admit.

How to Find Your Old Tweets Using Topsy

This method is even easier, it’s super-fast, and you don’t need to know when you joined Twitter. Go to Topsy.com, and click the “Tweets” tab, then enter from:username.

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Select “All Time” for the date range in the left-hand sidebar, and select “Oldest” from the “Sort by” dropdown menu:

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There it is again!

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It’s almost time to go see how dumb your first tweet was, but first, let’s look at the first tweets of some of Twitter’s most followed.

Best and Worst First Tweets: Celebrity Edition

I looked at the first tweets from everyone on the Top 100 most followed list, and let me tell you, the rich and famous can be pretty boring. Here are the first tweets that made me smile/laugh/cry:

First up, Lady Gaga – she starts off great, but …

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

She didn’t quite grasp the 140-character limit yet, bless her heart. But at least Gaga typed that tweet in herself. Britney’s team didn’t get the memo that celebrity tweets are supposed to be in the first person:

Welcome to Britney Spears’ Twitter! Follow the latest in Britney news and get updates straight from Britney and her entourage.

— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) October 10, 2008

I expected better from Ellen DeGeneres, but at least she didn’t say “Is this thing on”:

Tis my first twitt-er. Or tweet? Twit? Or tweet? “Twit or tweet everybody.” Is this anything?

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 10, 2009

Pink’s first tweet was actually funny! And only got 42 favorites, for shame.

i have officially entered the 20th century. i mean the 21st.

— P!nk (@Pink) April 4, 2009

Nicki Minaj’s first tweet was pretty generic …

I was FINALLY convinced to get on Twitter! Follow me guys!

— IG: @NickiMinaj (@NICKIMINAJ) April 27, 2009

But the second one was good:

A picture icon will come when I get to a computer!

— IG: @NickiMinaj (@NICKIMINAJ) April 27, 2009

Eminem’s first tweets are creeping me out:

We Made You

— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) March 21, 2009

We’re the ones that made you… Tuesday.

— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) April 2, 2009

Lil Wayne’s first tweet was a little bit NSFW:

im super new to this twitter shit but wudup tho !……….follow me biot¢h……….wudup mak……happy bday LO……8 days of freedom..ym

— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) February 22, 2010

Paris Hilton’s first tweet was definitely “on brand” … but only got 2 favorites and 4 retweets?! Where were the fans?

in Vegas at the Hard Rock with my Prince…

— Paris Hilton (@ParisHilton) March 17, 2009

Oh Tyra! Tellin’ it like it is, just like on ANTM (y’all KNOW I watch that show):

been sitting here for 30 minutes trying to figure out a clever first tweet. still thinking…

— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) July 17, 2009

Love ya Kanye but that’s not how you spell Silicon Valley (unless he’s making a witty pun about somebody’s cleavage?):

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He appears to have seen the error of his ways and deleted this tweet.

Best and Worst First Tweets: Search Marketing Edition

Just for fun, I checked out first tweets from a few of the most followed accounts in search marketing.

Here’s Matt Cutts’ first tweet:

fed the cats. they were hungry!

— Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) April 1, 2007

Here’s a man who knows that all the Internet really cares about is cats.

Rand Fishkin’s first tweet was about writing a presentation for SMX (snooze), but props for working a Goonies reference into the second:

Geraldine & I are in Astoria – following the Goonies trail & skipping Gnomedex. I wish I could say I felt guilty about it…

— Rand Fishkin (@randfish) August 11, 2007

Danny Sullivan was very busy his first week on Twitter – or just sleeping a lot, it’s unclear:

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Seth Godin has only ever used his Twitter account to tweet links to his blog, so this should come as no surprise:

Seth’s Blog: How to answer the phone http://tinyurl.com/6pamxs

— Seth Godin (@ThisIsSethsBlog) December 3, 2008

Todd Malicoat pretty much nails it, huh?

Just what we need – something to waste MORE time online. Yippee.

— Todd Malicoat (@stuntdubl) March 17, 2007

Meanwhile all Aaron Wall could think about was rankings!

yippy. we got our twitter username seobook. I wonder if this will rank as well for seo book as our other one ranks for aaron wall

— SEO Book (@seobook) June 23, 2009

That’s so SEO.

And finally, the first tweets from our own Larry Kim! CLASSIC:

i am trying to figure out how to use twitter

— Larry Kim (@larrykim) December 3, 2008

i am amazed by the awesome power of twitter

— Larry Kim (@larrykim) December 4, 2008

Ha! And Larry taught me how to use Twitter!

The first tweet ever, by the way, was this one from Twitter founder Evan Williams:

just setting up my twttr

— Evan Williams (@ev) March 21, 2006

Did you search for your first tweet? What did you post?

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