Friday, March 18, 2016

Twitter Turns 10 On March 21st! What Was YOUR #FirstTweet !?

While watching the Today Show yesterday morning I learned that Twitter is turning 10!!!!!!  (on March 21st).

Back in  2009, I was encouraged by many to join Twitter which I fought tooth and nail! (I normally embrace change, but I am often slow to jump on the bandwagon pertaining to certain issues, it often takes much prodding for me to try a new social media platform.  I fought Instagram tooth and nail too until I finally gave in. I still have issues with it lol.)

I finally relented.  I remember for MONTHS feeling as if  I would never have any followers. I thought Twitter was ridiculous, now 6577 followers later on Cody's Twitter handle, and almost 3000 on Dakota's, (Dakota didn't join Twitter until 2011),  I am singing tweeting a different tune.



While many sing the praises of Facebook, I have made many of my most lucrative, important, (and more importantly, ENDURING), connections/relationships, on Twitter. (I find Facebook to be more of a "look at me, like me" forum which I often view with disdain.)

Wonder What Your First Tweet Was?

I did!! Contrary to what Cher says, you CAN "turn back time", you can see YOUR first tweet!!  I am sooo embarrassed that my first Tweet was to Ellen DeGeneres (whom I never tagged because I had no clue as to how!) And here it is!!




Is that hilarious or what?

What struck me as strange though, was I could have sworn I didn't join Twitter until AFTER I began blogging. I began blogging in October of 2009, and the date of my first tweet is March 2009. If I didn't have a blog, I am thinking my first user name had to have been different (I can't remember), because "Cat Chat" didn't exist. Regardless, I cracked up laughing when I found out my first tweet was to Ellen. I must have been watching her show that day, and she probably encouraged people to join Twitter and follow her. I am betting that is what it was.

Back in the "old" days, I was "live" on Twitter much more than I am now. I share my posts and the posts of others, I am big on tweeting quotes, photos of food and other things that strike my fancy. I tend to not do what others preach that we do, "just tweeting pet information" since my handle is pet related. I function the same with Pinterest, and have had success NOT doing things the way we are "supposed"  to.

I enjoy tweeting things that are a reflection of my diverse interests, I'm not one-dimensional, and just tweeting about pets or just pinning pets would pigeon-hole me. I love having followers that aren't necessarily actively involved in the pet world. By tweeting/pinning things that reflect all of my interests, I have found that many who end up following me, might have been interested by a tweet or a pin that wasn't pet related, and they end up having a cat or a dog (or whatever). It turns out being a "win-win."  When I follow people on Twitter I am intrigued by those who tweet a variety of topics,  and I think that many feel the same when deciding whom to follow.

It is mind-boggling to me that ten years have passed so quickly, will Twitter enjoy another ten years? It remains to be seen.  I do know that I myself and many others owe Twitter a world of THANKS!! Keep on Tweetin' on!!!!!


ARE YOU ON TWITTER? List your Twitter name in the comments so myself and others can be sure we are following you!










38 comments:

  1. Sparkle joined Twitter on her birthday in 2008! So Twitter was only a little over two years old. My human joined on the same day... but Sparkle's tweet was 26 minutes sooner than her first one.

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  2. I joined as myself back in 2009 to connect with other writers and promote my books. I wasn't a pet blogger then. After starting Athena's blog in 2012 I made a twitter account for her too. I also have another twitter account I started last year to focus more on animal rights issues, which is linked to my Purrs Full of Love blog.

    @MarieSymeou
    @AthenaWiseKitty
    @PurrsFullofLove

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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    1. ouch! Glad you posted the "Purrs Full of Love" handle because somehow I had missed that one! I am following it now xoxo

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  3. My first tweet: "I have no followers. I am Norma No Mates."
    Glad to say I have a few more followers now! I have two Twitter accounts @patkeenor and @thatspurrfect

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    1. OMC your first tweet is hilarious!!!! I am following both of your accounts, YIPPEE!!!

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  4. HA HA HA - Love this! My first tweet was to Jen Lancaster about cleaning cat pee out of carpet!

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  5. I joined in 2012 and still am not a big fan. Here is my first tweet: Chris Takes Over http://wp.me/p2u5dd-V
    I also joined Instagram but never use it because Facebook is almost the same thing and more.

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    1. I just love Twitter, wish I loved Facebook as much as you do.....I don't. Too much drama for me all over the place. I do like Instagram much more than I did before, but mostly for photos of food lol. I could stare at food all day......I was seriously considering starting a food blog because of it.

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  6. Something I haven't done and to be honest Its hard to keep up with what I already have,xx Rachel

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  7. I think the P.A. signed me up in 2010 as @BionicBasil - I can't remember the furst effur tweet we sent. The P.A.'s account is @CathrineGarnell, we joined to promote books and connect with other writers, which it has been great for. Purrs Basil & Co xox

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    1. You can check above to see your first tweet and so happy I am following BOTH of your accounts! xoxo

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  8. We can't remember when we joined Twitter. We think it may have been before we joined Facebook. The mom was a real hold out on FB at first.

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  9. I am brand new to Twitter and joined because of my blog. My first tweet was just 10 days ago for my first BlogPawsChat! :-) It was quite overwhelming keeping up, but definitely worth it.

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  10. Well you made me go over there. I rarely go to Twitter. I don't get it at all. Anyway my user name is comedyplus@mycomedyplus.

    Have a fabulous day honey. Scritches to the babies. ♥♥♥

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    1. just sent you a follow request! Hope you are having a great weekend!! xoxo

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  11. I just joined Twitter back in August (2015). Although I do sometimes find it fun, I also sometimes forget all about it and and thereby fail to make regular tweets. (Your post here actually reminded me to head over there, where I realized I hadn't tweeted anything in 10 days. Woops.) I honestly have my most online fun and accomplishments on my blog.

    My first tweet was this nightmare: I came, I saw, I conquered. And apparently now I'm supposed to tweet about it. #myfirsttweet

    Purrs!

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    1. I happen to LOVE that first tweet! It's a heck of a lot better than mine was! Don't feel bad, as I had mentioned, I am rarely there "live"....mostly sharing things from other sites. I rarely sit there talking "live"

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  12. We don't tweet - but we love to blog!!

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  13. Wow, 10 years old already? Mom is not on tweeter, neither are we, but she reads tweets.

    Emma and Buster

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  14. LOL! This is fun and funny! I forgot I was a naughty girl when I was younger! Mine was: My #cat and I #stole a #sandwich off the counter today!
    6:09 PM - 13 Dec 2011

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  15. dood....we R knot on twitter, facebook, instagram, ore pinterest....we live in de dark ages huh ☺☺☺....we only have a blog account !! heerz two a temperate ocean bass kinda week oh end ♥♥♥♥

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  16. I have not joined up to Twitter... I am so stick in the mudish...LOL!

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  17. Oh, I wonder what mine was, that's been a long time ago!

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  18. Yes, I've been on Twitter since 2012--looks like I joined in April of that year. I used to be on Twitter more than I am now. I need to pick back up. I found Twitter to be more valuable to me in some ways than FB in learning new stuff. I haven't joined Instagram, at least not yet. I can't seem to get much out of Pinterest. But I feel like I'm missing something there. :-) My Twitter handle is @TinaFBarbour

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    1. I agree with you about Twitter being more valuable, I found it to be the same. OMG I LOVE Pinterest! I just have so many boards and it is so much fun. I don't use it for business that much the way you are supposed to, but I think that is why I do well with followers there. I don't care about the business aspect of it lol. I am bad at Instagram and need to get better with it. Just followed you on Twitter, thank you for including your handle there!

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  19. Gosh time flies. Can't believe it's been around that long. Tweet tweet
    Snorts,
    Lily & Edward

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  20. 10 years already ? Mum has a super boring account where she follows news, teacher or tech stuff but is herself not very active. We try to be more regularly active on Twitter, and we're sad not to be able to take part in BlogPaws Chat because of the schedule (2AM for us). Purrs

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  21. No Twitter for me either, but 10 years already? Wow!

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  22. I have no idea what my first tweet was. I joined way before I started blogging, but it must have been about cats.

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    1. you can find out, I linked to it above ;)

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  23. Whoa! You were on Twitter before me! My first tweet sounds just like I do now. Sassy. Too bad you didn’t hook up with the anipal community and join the #Pawpawties. We had so much fun and raised lots for cat charity too.

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    1. Guess what? In the early days, I did. I was completely shunned because I was "Cat Chat Caren" and wasn't tweeting as my cat in those days....soooo....I left!!! I was involved big time in the beginning.

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  24. What a fun post. My first tweet was stupid. I think mom hit enter before she actually wrote one and tweeted the default sample tweet! I started on twitter on 10/15/14 and I'm still trying to figure it out. Most tweets don't make any sense to me!! I'm @christypawschat, mom is @savvypetcare and @gccowgirl.

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  25. Thank you!!!! lmao about hitting the default sample tweet!!!! Don't overthink Twitter, just have fun and say what you want! I am following all 3 of your handles...just signed up to follow your savvypetcare blog.....I don't know how you have time for all of it! I am blown away!

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  26. I don't remember my first tweet anymore...maybe it's "hi I'm on twitter" ;)

    One thing for sure I don't use twitter that much anymore now

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  27. We aren't on twitter. Maybe we should get our mom to make us an account!

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  28. Me's @DezizWorld. And me wuld hate to see me's furst tweet. It was purrobly sumfin' havin' to do with da limited letter count. Everypawdy knows me's a chatty cat, so limitin' me is really furustratin'. MOL

    Fanks fur all yous luv and support.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi

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