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Many of us would find it hard to imagine life without it. But how did we all get started again?
"The secret to twitter is to tweet mate..."
In just eight years, Twitter has provided millions with a means to reach out, engage and post pictures of their breakfast.
It now has upwards of 500m users, posting hundreds of millions of tweets a day. Its name means a short burst of inconsequential information. One survey characterises 40pc of messages as “pointless babble”.
Amid the clamour of hashtags and nostalgia amid the Twitterati over the service’s 8th birthday, an interesting app has emerged.
It enables you to delve deep into a tweeter’s timeline and find their first-ever tweet.
“I’ve just started doing this to see what it’s like,” I told the world, on January 9, 2009.
Many were a little uncertain to start with back in the early days. What was this new internet thing - what would it bring to our lives..?
“Hello Twitterers,” tweeted Stephen Fry a few months earlier, on October 9, 2008. “I’m about to fly to Africa for a new project and will be tweeting whilst I’m filming.”
Fry took to it like the proverbial duck to the wet stuff. And Twitter took to him. For some 18,000-odd tweets later, the actor, broadcaster and racconteur has 6.9m followers.
Former Norfolk resident Amanda Holden has racked up 1.5m since may 2009, when she tweeted: “The Real Amanda Holden Twitter.”
South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss, who has 11,700 followers, gave an insight into the political high-life with her first missive.
“Speaking at Downham Market Supper Club tonight on the economy,” she said.
Lunch, not supper was on the mind of Norfolk chap and bon viveur Blowers - aka cricket commentator Henry Blofeld - when he first bared his soul in 140 characters, on July 15, 2009.
“I am just about to go and have lunch at Le Colombier in Dovehouse Street SW3 the best French restaurant in town. The escargots are to die for.”
Chef and Norwich City shareholder Delia used her first tweet to promore her new website.
“Planning lots of exciting new content and loving the new design,” she tweeted in May 2009.
Norwich North MP Chloe Smith announced her arrival in the social media world in November 2011 with: “Here goes... My first tweet..!”
In January 2009, Darkness singer Justin Hawkins was thrilled to find one of his own songs on a US game show.
Just accidentally switched over to “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” and they were doing, “I Believe in a Thing Called Love.”
In June 2009, fellow Lowestoft tunester Chris Hardman mused: “Sat in my living room listening to my little brother go crazy at robot wars on ps2, Its actually scary :S crazy young chap.”
Norwich City manager Chris Hughton tanks among few people involved with the beautiful game not to routinely air their views on Twitter.
Robert Snodgrass, who describes himself as ‘a professional footballer for Norwich FC on a rollercoaster ride’, is a relative newcomer.
But the former Leeds United player has built up 76,000 followers - enough to fill Carrow Carrow Road almost three times over.
“Great result unbeaten run still going,” he tweeted, back in November 2012 - when city were on something of an unbeaten run.
Fellow Canary Ryan Bennett admits to a hit and miss relationship with the medium.
“One last shot at twitter see if it inspires me this time,” he tweeted in February 2012.
EDP photographer Ian Burt owned up to a few teething problems when he gave it a try, in February 2011.
“I need to have a twitter debrief,” he told colleague Matthew Usher, who famously responded: “The secret to twitter is to tweet mate.”
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