Twitter Tips: 4 Ways to Revisit Your Twitter "Firsts"
Ever wonder what your first tweet was? Or who your first followers were? Check out these tools to take a Twitter trip down memory lane -- or search for old tweets.
Tue, October 05, 2010
CIO — Remember when you were a Twitter newbie and didn't know your @ Mentions from your Direct Messages? Or, (cringe) when you chronicled for a week precisely what you had for breakfast, lunch and dinner because that's what you thought Twitter was all about?
Everyone enjoys a trip down memory lane, whether you joined Twitter six months ago or three years ago. And although Twitter announced a number of new upgrades in the last month, none of the new features let you drill down deeply into those first statistics—your first tweet, your first followers and more.
Take a look at these four free sites for nostalgics and sleuths.
[Want more Twitter tips, tricks and analysis? Check out CIO.com's Twitter Bible.]
If you visit Twitter.com and click on Followers, you can scroll through the long list of people following you, which is displayed chronologically. If you've amassed hundreds or thousands of followers since you joined Twitter, clicking until you reach your first followers could take hours.
First Five Followers is a site that crawls the usernames of the people who are following you and generates a list of—you guessed it—the first five people that followed you. Visit the site, allow it access to your Twitter account and within seconds you'll know your first five faithful followers, along with their stats such as how many followers and tweets they have and whether or not you're following them.
Much like discovering your first follower, clicking through all your tweets to reach your first one could be tedious. My First Tweetmakes it easy.
Visit the site, enter your username and click Submit. The site will search your tweets and return your very first tweet. Another cool feature: Click the link at the top that says "earliest tweets." Here you can browse the first tweets ever sent. (Jack Dorsey set his up 90 seconds before Cofounder Biz Stone.) Note that there is a warning on the homepage that says the site is working intermittently, but I didn't see any glitches in any of the queries I did.
You probably have a general idea of when you joined Twitter, but if you're interested in exactly when your Twitter anniversary is, give this tool a try.
Visit the site and enter in your username. Click "Find out!" and the site will give you the date you joined Twitter and how many days ago that was. Another cool feature: This site gives you access to a bookmarklet that you can drag to your toolbar. Click the bookmarklet when you're viewing someone's profile, or select text with an @username and you can find out how long they've been using the service, too.