A roundup of some of our favourite celebs losing their Twitter virginity...
10 years ago Twitter was launched, giving users a chance to share their thoughts and insights (condensed into 140 characters) with people across the globe. It was a brand new era of social networking, of communicating with countless people on an international level – an opportunity to connect with people we would never otherwise have the opportunity to meet. Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone and Noah Glass came up with the concept after a ‘daylong brainstorming session’, but struggled to put a label on it. Was it microblogging? Was it just Facebook status updates without the rest of the profile? Ultimately it didn’t matter, because it was a new way of communicating that people were very excited about.
And who better to make the most of this platform, to rinse it of all it’s influential potential? Celebs, of course. These harbingers of social change, the weather vanes of popular opinion, were ready to jump on anything that would give them another virtual megaphone. So how did they launch themselves into the Twittersphere? And what does it say about them?
Some of them did it with understated apprehension. Some did it with customary flare. All probably did it with a PR breathing down their neck, muttering about ‘social relevance’. Here is a round up of some of our favourite celebrities taking their first shaky steps out onto the Twitter ice rink- and in some cases, a snapshot of the moment before they went on to become some of the most influential people on social media. We hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane as much as we did.
Co-founder Jack Dorsey was one of the first to sign up in 2006 – we wonder if he knew he was onto something with this first tweet?