I don’t know exactly when I joined Twitter. The account that I’m using nowwas opened in January of 2009, but there were others before that as I was playing around with the service and not really getting it.
Trudging back through my history of tweets is like moving slowly back through learning to speak. There’s so much from the early days that is either obligatory or robotically self-promotional that it actually pains me to look at it. I am not kidding you, my first tweet was about getting lunch.
But we should all take some small solace in the fact that when Twitter launched, the way most people used it wasn’t much better. They tweeted about food, about bodily functions and about mundanity. But somewhere along the way, Twitter transformed into something else. The simple, compelling stream of real-time information became not only interesting, but indispensable.
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