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Thu March 20, 2014
On Twitter's birthday, everyone is retweeting their first tweets
Today is Twitter's 8th birthday.
Naturally, everyone is celebrating by participating in self-indulgent retweets of the first thing they ever said.
Here's ours from early 2009.
Thanks for following us already! We're still setting things, so sorry if you get tests. What kinds of things should we tweet. - Tamar
— Michigan Radio (@MichiganRadio) February 23, 2009
We were about three years late to the game. Since then, we've managed to find over 17,100 things to tell you on Twitter.
According to The Detroit Free Press, the first tweet was published on March 21, 2006. Jack Dorsey, Twitter's co-founder, poetically wrote, "Just setting up my twtr."
Other famous people had some funny things to say too.
HI TWITTERS . THANK YOU FOR A WARM WELCOME. FEELING REALLY 21st CENTURY .
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) April 17, 2009
Then-Senator Barack Obama tweeted seriously (and perhaps prematurely):
Thinking we're only one signature away from ending the war in Iraq. Learn more at http://www.barackobama.com
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 29, 2007
Governor Snyder just wanted to tell you about sports:
going to the U of M game tonight with Mayor Bing.
— Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) February 23, 2011
Neil Patrick Harris struggled (as we all do) with the 140-character limit:
My first tweet, peeps. I apologize in advance for my slow learning curve. Nice to (sort of) meet you. It's amazing how quickly 140 charac
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) November 16, 2009
Until next year, Twitter.
-- Lucy Perkins, Michigan Radio Newsroom