[View the story "Tapping the Twitter Archive: Tweetstones " on Storify]Tapping the Twitter Archive: Tweetstones Storified by Mandy Jenkins· Tue, Feb 26 2013 11:34:49Twitter recently opened up the ability for every user to download and access his or her Twitter archive going all the way back to their first tweet. I highly recommend taking the time to do an retrospective on your or your brands' accounts. Looking back over my archive, it was interesting to see how I developed my use of Twitter from an introspective anger machine to being part of a community.I had an account for reading long before I used it to send tweets. The first was actually a pretty good indicator of future tweets. I'm incredibly tired. Too much time spent prepping for New Year's Eve, which comes after work. May be too sleepy to enjoy it.Mandy JenkinsA lot of my earliest tweets were extremely random and useless - like a lot of current Twitter usage, some might say. Lots of talk about food, TV and generally how angry I was about certain aspects of my work life. It was a dark time - and before I decided to make the rule that I won't use the F-word on social media. Eventually, I got around to doing some interaction. Here's my first reply, to my friend Grace. @graciesparkles She is a hippie....but apparently not a very good one.Mandy JenkinsThe first time I tweeted from an event with a hashtag, the lightbulbs really went off for me. It was the first ROFLCon at MIT - a perfect early adopter crowd for a Twitter discovery. I met a lot of people via Twitter using #ROFLCon - and it changed the way I used the tool from there on out. Just saw BBC Radio talking to Anonymous outside the pwning panel at #roflcon. This thing is huge.Mandy JenkinsBut it was also interesting to see the milestones of my life in those years coming together via social media. Looking at wedding rings today. I need to feel like I'm getting something done on this wedding thing.Mandy JenkinsSo I'm married. And I hope everyone had fun at our totally awesome reception.Mandy JenkinsDude, Jay Rosen just slammed me, I think. (Awesome)Mandy Jenkins(OK, so it isn't really a milestone, but I thought it was funny)The tweet I've been dying to send... RT @TBD: TBD is go.Mandy JenkinsI quit my job & moved 500+ miles for an experiment I was pretty excited about. Now I'm looking for work again. Oh journalism, you slay me.mjenkinsI won't subject you to more laughs, tears and cringes of my personal Twitter archive, but I encourage you to search yours. What was your first tweet?
Storified by Mandy Jenkins· Tue, Feb 26 2013 11:34:49
Ivan Lajara has started collecting the first tweets of Digital First folks, it’s been a fun exercise.
What a blast from the past! I would love to see what other journos do with their ghosts of tweets past. For my part, I’ll say- don’t make promises in 2008 you can’t back up in 2013: https://twitter.com/stevesaldivar/statuses/1063953307
That’s a great first tweet!
This is Zombie Journalism at it’s finest: Find something that’s dead, maybe a story, then bring it back to life.
Nothing if not truth in advertising.
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