Tomorrow is the eighth anniversary of the first tweet.
That first tweet was “just setting up my twttr,” sent by Twitter co-founder Jack 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:
Ready to tell it like it is? Welcome to the official Chicago for Rahm twitterfeed!— Rahm Emanuel (@RahmEmanuel) October 6, 2010
Wait for it....getting the house in order...— Mayor Rahm Emanuel (@ChicagosMayor) June 3, 2011
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:
Thinking we're only one signature away from ending the war in Iraq.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 29, 2007
Learn more at http://www.barackobama.com
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:
Excited to launch twitter to better communicate w/ people of IL. Looking forward to getting your feedback and ideas! My tweets will end –GOV— Governor Pat Quinn (@GovernorQuinn) June 29, 2011
And a humblebrag from his Republican opponent for governor, Bruce Rauner:
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle also took the straightforward approach:
The campaign is happy to join the twitter community. Join for regular updates and insight in the fight for real change.— Toni Preckwinkle (@ToniPreckwinkle) August 19, 2009
Cook County Clerk David Orr gave the Chicago Sun-Times a shoutout in his first tweet:
Clerk Orr's office is now on Twitter. Look to us for election updates and news, such as this Sun-Times' editorial: http://bit.ly/11HxFJ— Karen A. Yarbrough (@cookcountyclerk) September 28, 2009
First tweets from our U.S. senators, Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk:
Just joined Twitter, looking forward to talking with and hearing from Illinoisans.— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) March 8, 2011
Over 200 federal health regulators working on complicated insurance rules have taken over 3 floors on the DC outskirts http://nyti.ms/hz36Wi— Mark Kirk (@SenatorKirk) December 9, 2010
Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s first tweet from what appears to be her personal account shows she’s all technology all the time:
loading Mom's new ipod— tammyduckworth (@tammyduckworth) December 30, 2008
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:
went to my first City Council meeting today!— Ameya Pawar (@Ameya_Pawar_IL) May 18, 2011
The first tweet!— Alderman Jason Ervin (@AldermanErvin) January 24, 2011
Alderman Danny Solis’ first tweet involves a karaoke bar, so we can’t fault him there:
Re-Election Campaign Fundraiser March 22, 2011@ Chinatown's newest Karaoke Bar! @453 West 24th Place, Chicago, IL : Support Please!— Alderman Danny Solis (@AldermanSolis) March 4, 2011
Alderman Matt O’Shea’s first tweet proves he has terrible taste in beer:
Shop Local - Holiday Deal of the Day for 11/30, is at Town Liquor - buy a case of Heineken, Heineken Light or Amstel for $20— Matthew J. O'Shea (@mattoshea19) November 30, 2011
Alderman Tom Tunney pretty much invented hipsters:
Think I will ride my bike around the ward looking for things to improve. If you see me please say hi!— Tom Tunney (@AldTomTunney) May 2, 2010
Alderman Deb Mell, FTW:
Relaxing— Deb Mell (@debmell) November 17, 2008
U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland proudly upheld the time-honored tradition of tweeting about one’s lunch in her first post:
Hi all just had a heartsmart lunch— Barbara Mikulski (@SenatorBarb) April 22, 2010
Oh, come on, you guys. Twitter isn’t that hard.
Entering the brave new world of Twitter. What the heck is this anyway?— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) February 4, 2009
@— Wendy Davis (@wendydavis) August 16, 2011
And in international politics, there was this gem, in happier days:
Spot some other great first tweets by politicians? Tweet at @CSTearlyoften and let us know!