New Twitter search unveils moments in Internet history

Turns out tweetstorms are not a new thing, guys. Sorry.


Taylor Hatmaker


Published Nov 21, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 4:03 am CDT

Searching Twitter has never been easy, but now you can peer all the way back into the #darkages of Twitter circa 2006

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In the past day, Twitter users have shared the tweets under the hashtag #twitterfirsts, so we thought we’d dredge up old, weird moments in tech and see what happened way back when. 

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The guy who coined the hashtag was also two years early to naming the iPad. Conspiracy? Definitely.

Wearables haven’t actually come very far, all told. 

Facebook alternatives weren’t called Ello back then… and options were even more grim. 

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Snapchats were some kind of godforsaken sounding tech event instead of the self-destructing messages we know today. 

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Facebook sounds about the same. 

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The first mention of Mark Zuckerberg’s nickname is a joke that withstands the test of time. 

On Twittering: 

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In 2006, the startup bro look was already growing into the iconic style we know and loathe today in this early mention of one of tech’s most loathsome beyond overused buzzwords. 

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The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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Illustration by Max Fleishman 

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*First Published: Nov 21, 2014, 7:00 am CST