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Find Your Old Tweets: How to See Your First (Worst?) Tweet

By Elisa Gabbert October 10, 2013 Posted In: Social Media Comments: 22

Can’t remember what your first tweet was? It was probably “Hello world!” or “Is this thing on?” or “I finally joined Twitter, am I doing it right” or “Twitter sucks,” but if you want to know for sure, you’ll need to dig back into your archives.

Unfortunately, Twitter only displays your last 3200 tweets in your timeline, so if you’re anything like me (I’ve been on Twitter since May 2009 and have well over 40,000 tweets), that won’t cut it.

Here are the two easiest ways to find your oldest tweets, including your first tweet. (I promise these work – a lot of the methods and tools you’ll find in the Google results don’t.)

How to Find Your Old Tweets Using Twitter Search

Open up Twitter.com and go to the search bar:

how to find old tweets

Type in the following string but with your username and the date range you want to look at:

from:username since:yyyy-mm-dd until:yyyy-mm-dd

So, for example, if I want to see all my tweets from my first month on Twitter, I’d insert:

from:egabbert since:2009-05-12 until:2009-06-12

This will show you your earliest tweets – but note that the default view is of your “Top” tweets; click “All” to see every tweet from this time period.

Oldest Tweets

Scroll to the bottom and ta-da: There’s my first tweet!

Not my “best work,” I admit.

How to Find Your Old Tweets Using Topsy

This method is even easier, it’s super-fast, and you don’t need to know when you joined Twitter. Go to Topsy.com, and click the “Tweets” tab, then enter from:username.

Find First Tweet with Topsy

Select “All Time” for the date range in the left-hand sidebar, and select “Oldest” from the “Sort by” dropdown menu:

use topsy to search old tweets

There it is again!

My Oldest Tweets

It’s almost time to go see how dumb your first tweet was, but first, let’s look at the first tweets of some of Twitter’s most followed.

Best and Worst First Tweets: Celebrity Edition

I looked at the first tweets from everyone on the Top 100 most followed list, and let me tell you, the rich and famous can be pretty boring. Here are the first tweets that made me smile/laugh/cry:

First up, Lady Gaga – she starts off great, but …

She didn’t quite grasp the 140-character limit yet, bless her heart. But at least Gaga typed that tweet in herself. Britney’s team didn’t get the memo that celebrity tweets are supposed to be in the first person:

I expected better from Ellen DeGeneres, but at least she didn’t say “Is this thing on”:

Pink’s first tweet was actually funny! And only got 42 favorites, for shame.

Nicki Minaj’s first tweet was pretty generic …

But the second one was good:

Eminem’s first tweets are creeping me out:

Lil Wayne’s first tweet was a little bit NSFW:

Paris Hilton’s first tweet was definitely “on brand” … but only got 2 favorites and 4 retweets?! Where were the fans?

Oh Tyra! Tellin’ it like it is, just like on ANTM (y'all KNOW I watch that show):

Love ya Kanye but that’s not how you spell Silicon Valley (unless he’s making a witty pun about somebody’s cleavage?):

Kanye West's First Tweet

He appears to have seen the error of his ways and deleted this tweet.

Best and Worst First Tweets: Search Marketing Edition

Just for fun, I checked out first tweets from a few of the most followed accounts in search marketing.

Here’s Matt Cutts’ first tweet:

Here’s a man who knows that all the Internet really cares about is cats. UPDATE: Matt Cutts informs me that his first few tweets were part of an April Fools joke; Danny Sullivan set up a fake Twitter account for him. His real first tweet was:

 

Rand Fishkin’s first tweet was about writing a presentation for SMX (snooze), but props for working a Goonies reference into the second:

Danny Sullivan was very busy his first week on Twitter – or just sleeping a lot, it’s unclear:

Find Your First Tweet

Seth Godin has only ever used his Twitter account to tweet links to his blog, so this should come as no surprise:

Todd Malicoat pretty much nails it, huh?

Meanwhile all Aaron Wall could think about was rankings!

That’s so SEO.

And finally, the first tweets from our own Larry Kim! CLASSIC:

Ha! And Larry taught me how to use Twitter!

The first tweet ever, by the way, was this one from Twitter founder Evan Williams:

Did you search for your first tweet? What did you post?

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Comments

Thursday October 10, 2013

Victor Pan Said:

"Victor has lost a monopoly game =/" - Well that was surprising...

I could've sworn my first tweet was "Hello World!"

Thursday October 10, 2013

Elisa Gabbert Said:

Did you tweet that yourself, or was that your handlers?

Friday February 14, 2014

Jochem (not verified) Said:

Thank you! I've googled this feature time and time over the past few years, but all the time it was impossible to do such detailed search. Finally they implemented it and you gave a perfect description on how to use it.

Saturday January 18, 2014

THANKS (not verified) Said:

Thank youuu SOOO much! This really helped me a lot, I was trying to do this long time ago, searching in pages but they didn't work :/. This is the best way, THANK YOU!
 

Sunday January 05, 2014

paige (not verified) Said:

I tried this and the latest it would go back was 2 months ago. I was sure to push [all time] as well as [sort by oldest]

Monday March 31, 2014

1389AD (not verified) Said:

Each member's very first tweet is shown at first-tweets.com.

 

Thursday March 20, 2014

Ray Beckerman (not verified) Said:

Wow thank you Elisa. The twitter search didn't work for me, but the Topsy site turned up what I was looking for immediately!

Thursday October 10, 2013

Kate Gramlich Roumbos (not verified) Said:

Now I really wish I could remember what my original personal twitter handle was :( 

Thursday October 10, 2013

Elisa Gabbert Said:

Ah, you changed your handle! Maybe search your email for early emails from Twitter?

Thursday October 10, 2013

Brett Dixon (not verified) Said:

Great Blog!

My first tweet...

 

Trying to work out what this twatter thing does

 

 

Not as good as my 6th tweet (Nappy is British speak for Diaper ;-) ):

 

ARRGGGHHH!!! the kid just laid a nugget in her nappy, if that isnt bad enough, i dropped it on the rug! EEEWWWWW

 

 

Friday October 11, 2013

Elisa Gabbert Said:

Hahahahaha! Thank you for the lingo lesson. :)

Thursday October 10, 2013

Joanne (not verified) Said:

LOL! Awesome post, Elisa!

I enjoyed reading this. The Best and Worst First Tweets: Celebrity and Search Marketing Editions were hilarious. LOL! I must agree with Todd Malicoat on his first ever tweet. Sarcastically stated but I'm sure he finds Twitter beneficial now. :)

Great methods, Elisa. Surely Twitter users will try your suggestions. It'll be a great throwback and flashback.

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Thursday October 10, 2013

sunday (not verified) Said:

hi Elisa,

Funny tweet ideas I must say. I was taken back  by your first tweet "losing my twitter virginity". It showed some kind of creativity ;).  

On how to find first tweets, I am impressed on how Topsy makes it all simple. I am going  test the tool. Thanks for sharing this post!

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Sunday 

Sunday October 13, 2013

Don Sturgill (not verified) Said:

What fun, Elisa! Good work.

I can't pull up my first Twitter handle, and I'm having a heck of a time making it work with the second. The oldest I've found so far refers to a post (no longer available) about organic foods maybe not being organic and ends up with a solemn oath to start growing my own. I have yet to follow up on that ... but I'm still headed that way.

Tuesday October 15, 2013

Elisa Gabbert Said:

Hi Don! Which method did you try? I think the Topsy tool is more reliable than Twitter's own search function. Also faster.

Wednesday October 16, 2013

Scott (not verified) Said:

I didn't know you could do this.  How cool.  I am going to check on my first tweets.  I don't think I will publish it here.  I might be too embarassed.

Thursday October 24, 2013

Orenj Technology (not verified) Said:

Haha. I find my old tweets funny too and it is obvious that before I am using harsh words that can offend someone but now I already done with it and exercise social media etiquette.

Wednesday November 06, 2013

Anonymous (not verified) Said:

The first suggesstion doesn't work 

Wednesday November 06, 2013

@MattChance (not verified) Said:

Concerning the "from:username since:yyyy-mm-dd until:yyyy-mm-dd" part of this article - how did you know what your first month of Twitter was before you entered your search string?

 

I skipped to the Topsy method - it seems to work OK.  My first tweet doesn't even sound like something I would ever say: "Retiring for the night..." - Jan 22nd, 2009. 

Wednesday November 06, 2013

Elisa Gabbert Said:

Matt, I had a vague idea when I joined Twitter because it coincided with starting a job (this one in fact). But if you don't know, the method doesn't work. Topsy is faster, easier anyway.

You can also download your full tweet history from Twitter, but that could be a LOT of tweets.

Sunday November 17, 2013

Anonymous (not verified) Said:

I followed the staps for the Twitter search and when I clicked on all, it just ignores the dates I entered and gives me the most recent!

Monday November 18, 2013

Elisa Gabbert Said:

Sorry Anon! I'd check to make sure you used the right date format (kind of tricky) and if it still doesn't work, probably a twitter bug. Try Topsy!

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