Re-Experience the First Tweets of Drake, Lorde, Katy Perry & Blake Shelton
By Shannon Carlin
When Twitter first launched on March 21, 2006, no one really thought about their first tweet and what it would mean, historically speaking. Least of all musicians, who mostly used their first message to promote their new album or just announce to the world that they, in fact, just joined Twitter.
But, there were those select few who seemed to understand the cultural significance of sending a 140-character message out into the world. How one day there would be an online time machine that would allow us to go back, way back, and read that very first tweet. They realized they wanted it to be good. Or at least not completely embarrassing.
Many showed their resistance to joining Twitter with their first tweet , including Drake, who in 2009 used his first tweet to announce his defeat. He now has 14.5 million followers.
Some early Twitter adopters like Sara Bareilles, who joined in June of 2007, and Smashing Pumpkins‘ Billy Corgan, who joined in 2009 and was somehow able to acquire the handle @billy, were still figuring out the best way to economize their characters. While other Twitter neophytes realized it was a place where only the quick witted would survive, or more accurately, earn followers. Blink182’s Mark Hoppus, with your 2.61 million followers, we’re talking about you.
There is one thing we unfortunately can’t do, which is accurately rediscover those first tweets from artists who deleted their accounts for good like John Mayer or in the case of someone like Kanye West, those who over the years have made it a habit to delete their feed and start anew.
When you look ‘Ye up now, his first tweet is an all-caps announcement that a visual for his new song would be projected onto 66 buildings. Though it did hold a special purpose–officially announcing the birth of Yeezus–in our hearts, Kanye’s first message is something more like this:
While we try not to mourn our inability to know Kanye’s first real tweet, check out 15 other artists who made their 140-characters something to remember.
1. Blake Shelton
I used to think rice was a form of pasta.—
Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) June 09, 2009
Fine...you got me.—
Drizzy (@Drake) March 28, 2009
i think my fingernails are too short to be a member of the twittersphere—
Lorde (@lordemusic) November 22, 2012
I'm not a prophet, but I'm here to profit.—
FUN. (@OurNameIsFun) April 06, 2009
5. Kelly Clarkson
I promised a few people I would try this twitter thing out. I make no promises, however, that I will say anything worth reading :)—
Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) January 04, 2010
6. Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins
GOD IS GREAT!—
Billy Corgan (@Billy) April 15, 2009
7. Katy Perry
Just got into Berlin... feeling better thank you, have my vicks inhaler by my bedside... and P.S. I TWITTTTER! GAH. Such a follower!—
Katy Perry (@katyperry) February 21, 2009
8. Mark Hoppus of Blink182
For my first post I want to talk about blood orange cake. Delicious. That is all. Welcome to the Twitter.—
Mark Hoppus (@markhoppus) February 27, 2009
9. Sara Bareilles
I'm sitting with Chad in my friend Connor's apartment in NY. It's effing hot here. Just sang at Barnes and Noble.com. I love books.—
Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) June 05, 2007
10. Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips
Hey.. I got rid of that old fake Wayne account... Yes it is really me...sorry it took so long....—
Wayne Coyne (@waynecoyne) August 02, 2010
11. Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) October 25, 2008
12. Best Coast
who r u ppl—
(@bestycoastyy) May 14, 2012
My first Twit.—
Questlove Jenkins (@questlove) August 21, 2008
We Made You—
Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) March 21, 2009
15. Lily Allen
is with justin and alan, learning to be a lady—
Lily Allen (@lilyallen) January 30, 2009