Twitter celebrated its 8th birthday this past week, and in honor of the occasion, it rolled out a feature that allows users to see the first thing that they ever tweeted.
As the saying goes, curiosity is the mother of invention (or something like that), so we here at the Sunday Morning Shootaround went back into the archives to check out the very first tweets from ourselves as well as a few key members of the Sixers' family.
(Editor's note: I tried to find the first tweets for both @Liberty_Ballers and @BrandonGowton, but came up empty for reasons unknown. Pretty sure there are some shamrocks and shenanigans going on with those Twitter servers...)
Philadelphia 76ers center Jason Smith will undergo surgery on his left knee on Wed, September 17, 2008. Visit SIXERS.COM for more info.— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) September 16, 2008
Last month, Smith was ruled out for the season with an injury to his right knee. And just last Wednesday, the Sixers Twitter account continued its pattern of thrilling updates with the following:
This is Byron Mullens' world right now and we're all just living in it!— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) March 20, 2014
Time is a flat circle.
This was also their last tweet (thank you, Mike Levin).
Hi Philadelphia. I am Adam Aron, new CEO of the NBA's 76ers. Am working 100 mph to transform the fan experience at the Wells Fargo Center.— Adam Aron (@CEOAdam) October 27, 2011
In unrelated news, check out this video of a car hurtling down a track at 100 MPH before crashing into a cement wall.
About to determine a use for this: practical/work-related, social-networking/keeping in touch, or other. Oh, the possibilities of Twitter...— Christopher A. Vito (@ChrisVito) October 1, 2009
Pretty sure 'other' meant "Tweeting out ridiculous quotes from Evan Turner."
Hawesovic on twitter— Spencer Hawes (@spencerhawes00) February 2, 2011
I don't even know what this means.
@RUBasketball That was scary quick. I have no idea what Im doing. I feel like its the first time I put on a tampon. I mean condom. What?— Michael Levin (@Michael_Levin) March 10, 2010
Tampon and condom references right out of the gate? That's the Mike Levin we all know and love... except for the fact that he went by LBMikeBourn back then. It's a good thing Twitter wasn't around 15 years ago, or else I'd be stuck with the handle @AIDaYoungGawd.
first tweet whaddup— Jake Pavorsky (@JakePavorsky) March 3, 2011
Three years later, this man has more sources than the rest of the Liberty Ballers' staff put together.
wat is twitter?— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) June 7, 2009
Apparently, young Jake Fischer thought that Twitter had a 15-character limit - that's the only logical explanation as to why he couldn't be bothered to put the 'h' in "what".
Just making sure this works— Sean O'ColdestWinter (@soconnor76) March 19, 2010
Just in case you weren't aware, Sean O'Connor is an accountant.
1st time on Twitter, it feels like facebook all over again, just for old people.— Rich Hofmann (@rich_hofmann) March 12, 2010
I think you got it backwards, Rich: Facebook is for old people, while Twitter is for the children. Like Wu-Tang.
Just watched Game 5 Den v. LA.... Odom finally showed up— Tanner Steidel (@tsteidel) May 28, 2009
After scoring a total of 30 points in the first four games of the series, Lamar Odom went off for 19 and 14 in Game 5 of the 2009 Western Conference Finals. Meanwhile, Tanner's been scoring with the ladies ever since.
WIBR has joined Twitter. For my next trick, I will purchase a cell phone.— WIBR (@wheresbenrivera) February 28, 2010
Rumor has it that Dave still uses that cell phone to this day. In fact, he and Andrew Luck are the last two people in America with a working flip phone.
Getting my Twitter on... Trying to be the next Charlie Villanueva...— Roy Burton (@runhitwonder) March 25, 2009
Well... this is slightly embarrassing.
And by "the next Charlie Villanueva", I meant "person who gets paid millions of dollars a year by only being tangentially connected to the game of basketball."
Hakim Warrick signs with Bucks over Sixers, Cavs and others. Being told this is primarily based off the chance for more PT.— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) July 31, 2009
Hakim Warrick spent all of six months with Milwaukee before he was traded (with Joe Alexander!) to Chicago for John Salmons and draft picks that later became Larry Sanders, Isaiah Thomas and Robert Sacre. Using that as a frame of reference, the Eagles should be able to get 11 first-round picks for DeSean Jackson.
Waiting for Victorino to be the next NL All star.— Justin (@JustinF_LB) July 9, 2009
Well... thanks to the All-Star Final Vote campaign, that actually happened. And in 2011, it happened again. BTW, Justin has already predicted that the Sixers will wind up with Jabari Parker this June. Shirseys on sale now at the Sixers' Fan Shop.
GIve me a little bit to get on my feet with this Twitter thing. Welcome to the R-rated side of the Phrontiersman.— Michael Baumann (@MJ_Baumann) November 12, 2009
It's appropriate that Mr. Baumann referred to himself as the R-rated Twitter superstar: There are pictures out there on the Interwebs where he bears more than a passing resemblance to former WWE wrestler Edge. I tried to find them, but I got sidetracked when I came across swimsuit photos of Eva Longoria.
@MirMir56 me either!!! Minus the bad word of course.— Malik Rose (@MalikRose) April 26, 2011
Never change, Malik.
Bullshitting in studyhall— Lavoy Allen (@chefVOYardee) April 1, 2009
Missing you, Lavoy.