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A website has archived every tweet, ever

Twitter aficionados, history buffs and internet creepers are rejoicing over the news that has made public their archive of every public tweet since 2006. Its leaps ahead of the Library of Congress’ own Twitter archive, which reportedly takes days to search.

It was certainly a different time back then, a digital Wild West without hashtags or convenient replies, an era where you could post whatever you wanted, caution to the wind!, and automated headline postings seemed like an okay thing to do. How far we’ve come!

Pro-tip: to find an account’s earliest tweets, toss in a simple “from:@” then click ‘All Time,’ like so:

Here is a quick look at some of the earliest tweets from different Chicago personalities.