Tomorrow is the eighth anniversary of the first tweet.
That first tweet was “just setting up my twttr,” sent by Twitter co-founder J Dorsey.
It sort of lacks the punch of the first telegraph message by Samuel Morse: “What hath God wrought?” But it’s occasion enough for Twitter to roll out a new feature today allowing users to see their #FirstTweets, or anybody else’s.
Here’s a look back at some of our politicians’ first tweets — for the most part, too “on message” to be very amusing — and the best of the rest.
Here are the first tweets from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago mayor’s office:
And here’s the first tweet from Dan Sinker’s more colorful (read: NSFW) fake Mayor Emanuel.
Barack Obama sent his first tweet before he was president:
And First Lady Michelle Obama’s was recent enough, you probably still remember it:
Like President Obama, Valerie Jarrett took advantage of her first tweet to support a cause:
A fairly straightforward first tweet from Gov. Pat Quinn:
And a humblebrag from his Republican opponent for governor, Bruce Rauner:
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle also took the straightforward approach:
Cook County Clerk David Orr gave the Chicago Sun-Times a shoutout in his first tweet:
First tweets from our U.S. senators, Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk:
Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s first tweet from what appears to be her personal account shows she’s all technology all the time:
Alderman Nick Sposato’s first action on Twitter was to retweet a post from Mary Ann Ahern of NBC that somehow combines the Blackhawks and the Biebs. INTERNET GOLD.
Aldermen Ameya Pawar, Jason Ervin and Ariel Reboyras win points for enthusiasm:
Alderman Danny Solis’ first tweet involves a karaoke bar, so we can’t fault him there:
Alderman Matt O’Shea’s first tweet proves he has terrible taste in beer:
Alderman Tom Tunney pretty much invented hipsters:
Alderman Deb Mell, FTW:
U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland proudly upheld the time-honored tradition of tweeting about one’s lunch in her first post:
Oh, come on, you guys. Twitter isn’t that hard.
And in international politics, there was this gem, in happier days:
Congratulations to US President-elect Barack Obama http://t.co/wi0upVQB
— Vladimir Putin (@PutinRF_Eng) November 8, 2012
Spot some other great first tweets by politicians? Tweet at @CSTearlyoften and let us know!