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New Twitter search unveils moments in Internet history
Turns out tweetstorms are not a new thing, guys. Sorry.
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.
The guy who coined the hashtag was also two years early to naming the iPad. Conspiracy? Definitely.
Ok, blogged my iPad Touch concept: http://tinyurl.com/25xrhm
— ❄︎ Chris Messina ❄︎ (@chrismessina) November 5, 2007
Thought @pmarca invented the tweetstorm? Think again. We’ve been talking about tweetstorms since way back in 2007, though people didn’t seem to obnoxiously break them up into numbered items like they do now.
Current tweetstorm = procrastination – was up way too late last night and focus is less than perfect now 🙂
— Jeff Weinberger (@jweinberger) July 21, 2007
Apologies for the tweetstorm, but it’s so exciting! The gap is back down to 2% at 50% reporting.
— Laurie Voss (@seldo) January 9, 2008
People also seemed to use “tweetstorm” to describe the general phenomenon of tweets rushing past. Apparently Robert Scoble was in on the early days of tweetstorming.
HP had a major spying scandal way back in 2006 that’s slightly reminiscent of another massive tech company that invaded the lives of tech reporters…
Sitting in a dark car across the street from my neighbors. They probably thing I’m a stalker… Or an HP executive.
— Kevin Fox (@kfury) October 3, 2006
Before Apple’s watch was even a glimmer in the company’s eye, there were iWatch jokes.
Twitter canoes have come a long way.
Wearables haven’t actually come very far, all told.
I want an iPhone strapped to the inside of my left arm as a wearable computer
— Les Craven [¬º-°]¬ (@lmorchard) January 10, 2007
Facebook alternatives weren’t called Ello back then… and options were even more grim.
With imminent lauch of YahooBook (Facebook alternative) my Yahoo assetts are now MORE important than my Google 1’s! Wotta Turn Around!
— MyStoryTeller (@MyStoryTeller) September 8, 2007
Snapchats were some kind of godforsaken sounding tech event instead of the self-destructing messages we know today.
Heading to Pivotal Labs at 3rd & Folsom for Mobile SnapChat at 7. Hope to see you there!
— Carol Tran (@caroltran) May 2, 2008
Facebook sounds about the same.
i fell into facebook and i can’t get out
— Adam Rugel (@Adam) May 10, 2006
The first mention of Mark Zuckerberg’s nickname is a joke that withstands the test of time.
Dan comments re: the Zune and the Zen – “They both zuck”
— Ryan Freitas (@ryanchris) May 14, 2007
loves the term, ‘tweet’. Finally, a decent noun for “something that was twittered”
— Lachlan Hardy (@lachlanhardy) January 12, 2007
“tweet-o-sphere” sounds better than “twit-o-sphere”
— Dom Sagolla (@dom) May 10, 2006
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.
Threadless shirt with sport coat and jeans. Im ready to create innovative disruptive technology with rounded corners and post videos on YouTube
— Nic (@Nic) December 19, 2006
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Illustration by Max Fleishman
Taylor Hatmaker has reported on the tech industry for nearly a decade, covering privacy and government. Most recently, she was the Debug editor of the Daily Dot. Prior to that, she was a staff writer and deputy editor at ReadWrite, a tech and business reporter for Yahoo News, and the senior editor of Tecca. Her editorial interests include censorship, digital activism, LGBTQ issues, and futurist consumer tech.