The first tweet was sent by co-founder Jack Dorsey 5 years ago today:
Whilst the idea was conceived years before, the first tweet symbolised Twitter’s first breath in the world wide web. Initially Twitter was limited to friends and family of the founders and colleagues, but since then it has exploded in popularity. Today, Twitter is employed by wide ranging authors and consumed by an even more immense audience, ranging from journalists to world leaders, big companies to revolutionaries, celebrities to plebians alike.
My journey with Twitter has been a slow one. I held off signing up for my first Twitter account until January 2009, unable to find a practical use for it. I had a handful of friends who were on Twitter at the time, but none of their tweets were interesting enough to lure me into a full account. And because I worked in financial institutions up until recently, where banking firewalls are notorious at vigorously fighting off access to any social networking sites from within the bank, I had even less reasons to use it.
I finally succumbed to the pressure and had to find out what the fuss was all about. I learned that you can tweet via SMS, which made tweeting through the day more viable. Now I had a reason to post a first tweet as well:
My first post via SMS - test!
Soon after, I tried to put in comments about life that I would have made if someone I knew was standing next to me. Then I discovered Twitpic. And I started following some people and publications that interested me. I finally settled on using Twitter as a reminder service for myself, retweeting interesting news so I can read it again at some later date (which inevitably never happened). I didn’t find the true use of Twitter and all in all I posted 152 tweets.
Then I took a turn at the crossroad and left banking to follow my passion for technology. Even though I never learned to take advantage of Twitter successfully, I knew it is a defining technology, and that alone excited me.
I am slowly giving the Twitterverse another go, although this time around there’s a whole lot more for me to learn. But now that it is also part of my job to read and write about technology and technology trends, I have a feeling I might actually embrace its use. And if you want to give me a few pointers on how to best use Twitter, I’m reachable at @cecilialiao.