Eight years ago Twitter launched pubically. First-tweets.com is a tool that enables users to look up their very first post to the site.
The service also allows you to type in the name of any Twitter account, and find out what their first tweet was. Since co-founder Jack Dorsey's maiden quote in March 2006, the site has grown to over 241 million users, spanning 35 different languages.
The most followed account on Twitter is that of singer Katy Perry, who currently has more than 50 million followers, having joined the site in February 2009. The current top ten most followed accounts are all accessible via the new tool.
Top ten most followed Twitter accounts and their first tweets.
1. Katy Perry - @KatyPerry - 54.4 million followers
Just got into Berlin... feeling better thank you, have my vicks inhaler by my bedside... and P.S. I TWITTTTER! GAH. Such a follower!— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) February 21, 2009
2. Justin Bieber - @JustinBieber - 52.9 million followers
Check out my single "ONE TIME" on my myspace and spread the word for me. Thanks www.myspace.com/justinbieber— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) May 12, 2009
3. Barack Obama - @BarackObama - 44.1 million followers
Thinking we're only one signature away from ending the war in Iraq. Learn more at http://www.barackobama.com— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 29, 2007
4. YouTube - @YouTube - 43.6 million followers
Nearly 2m people check out Usain Bolt celebration spoof video: http://tinyurl.com/5tv2jo— YouTube (@YouTube) August 25, 2008
5. Taylor Swift - @TaylorSwift13 - 41.9 million followers
6. Lady Gaga - @LadyGaga - 41.6 million followers
op rehearsing for my video just dance and am now at wmc to perform at the Armani and nervous records party. But I am no nervous record! ...— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) March 27, 2008
7. Britney Spears - @Britney Spears - 38.1 million followers
Welcome to Britney Spears' Twitter! Follow the latest in Britney news and get updates straight from Britney and her entourage.— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) October 10, 2008
8. Rihanna - @Rihanna - 36.4 million followers
The Wait Is Ova. Nov 23 09— Rihanna (@rihanna) October 13, 2009
9. Instagram - @Instagram - 33.8 million foillowers
Hello there. We're just setting up our twttr.— Instagram (@instagram) August 19, 2010
10. Justin Timberlake - @JTimberlake - 33.1 million followers
Tennman Records released its first single today, Esmee Denters' "Outta Here". http://tinyurl.com/cs55pa. What do you think?— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) April 14, 2009