By Shannon Carlin
When Twitter first launched on March 21, 2006, no one really thought about their first tweet and what it would mean, historically speaking. Least of all musicians, who mostly used their first message to promote their new album or just announce to the world that they, in fact, just joined Twitter.
But, there were those select few who seemed to understand the cultural significance of sending a 140-character message out into the world. How one day there would be an online time machine that would allow us to go back, way back, and read that very first tweet. They realized they wanted it to be good. Or at least not completely embarrassing.
Many showed their resistance to joining Twitter with their first tweet , including Drake, who in 2009 used his first tweet to announce his defeat. He now has 14.5 million followers.
Some early Twitter adopters like Sara Bareilles, who joined in June of 2007, and Smashing Pumpkins‘ Billy Corgan, who joined in 2009 and was somehow able to acquire the handle @billy, were still figuring out the best way to economize their characters. While other Twitter neophytes realized it was a place where only the quick witted would survive, or more accurately, earn followers.
There is one thing we unfortunately can’t do, which is accurately rediscover those first tweets from artists who deleted their accounts for good like John Mayer or in the case of someone like Kanye West, those who over the years have made it a habit to delete their feed and start anew.
Check out a selection of artists who made their 140-characters something to remember.
I used to think rice was a form of pasta.—
Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) June 09, 2009
Fine...you got me.—
Drizzy (@Drake) March 28, 2009
i think my fingernails are too short to be a member of the twittersphere—
Lorde (@lordemusic) November 22, 2012
I promised a few people I would try this twitter thing out. I make no promises, however, that I will say anything worth reading—
Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) January 04, 2010
is eating ice cream:)—
Jana Kramer (@kramergirl) March 14, 2009
Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) October 25, 2008
My first Twit.—
Questlove Jenkins (@questlove) August 21, 2008
Hello Twitter. #FirstTweet—
Merle Haggard (@merlehaggard) April 10, 2012