slides: First Tweets from Rhode Island’s Most Influential People
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Last week, in honor of their eighth birthday, Twitter launched a website that allows users to go back in time and see their--or their favorite personalities'--first tweets.
Since its inception in March of 2006, Twitter has amassed more than 500 million users, allowing members to share their thoughts--500 million daily--with the world. Even the President of the United States is an active user, and made social media history when his 2012 tweet was retweeted 779,565 times--more than any other in history.
The site has become one of the most popular social media sites in the world, and members have discovered unique and interesting ways to represent themselves.
Some use Twitter to reach out to the community:
Others to connect with fans, or each other:
And others as parody:
How Twitter works
Each Twitter user is assigned a Twitter handle, which is the @ symbol followed by an account name of the users choosing. Twitter users micro blog by tweeting, which is a post limited to 140 characters. Twitter users are also allowed to post photographs and video, as well as retweet and favorite other users posts.
While some used their first tweet to offer a witty or interesting comment, others chose to forgo the comedy for something more serious.
Check out the slideshow below to see what the famous and prominent members of Rhode Island had to say in their first tweets.
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Former RI Speaker of the House of Representatives
First Tweet: As I go door-to-door, many people want to hear about the school funding formula and other goals we've accomplished: http://gordonfox.com/gordonfox.com/accomplishments.html - October 22, 2012
Actress, best knoen for Will and Grace, raised in East Greenwich
Followers: 187 K
First Tweet: HELLO!! My very FIRST tweet! Any others you've seen were FAkES! So i thought I'd enter the 21st cent., but bear with me! I'm a newbie! - February 23, 2012
Model on Deal or No Deal and appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice, born in Providence
Tweets: 79.4 K
Followers: 90.8 K
First Tweet: "debating if i want to go out to Hyde and see the same folks I always see, or stay in and watch another movie...damn I need a boyfriend! Lol" - March 14, 2009
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