Find your first tweet: Twitter's new toy

The first tweets by Lorde, John Campbell and Kim Dotcom are now easy to find. Photos / Victoria Will/Doug Sherring/Norrie Montgomery
The first tweets by Lorde, John Campbell and Kim Dotcom are now easy to find. Photos / Victoria Will/Doug Sherring/Norrie Montgomery

Twitter has launched a new tool to find anyone's first tweet. Here's how celebrities and politicians opened their Twitter game.

John Key

Prime Minister John Key's first tweet in 2009 focused on New Zealand's economic relationship with China. He's still tweeting about it.


Before she became a global superstar, Lorde sent her first tweet in November, 2012.

She voiced concern over the length of her fingernails and their ability to be a part of Twitter.

She now has 1.27 million followers.

John Campbell

TV3 presenter John Campbell was a budding student of a fellow reporter when he birthed his first tweet in 2009. He's gone on to live-tweet camera turns, share passionate rugby commentary and cover the world's biggest news events.

Daniel Carter

All Black Daniel Carter "finally" sent his first tweet in August 2012 and was #straightinto the #use of #hashtagging in his #tweets.

Kim Dotcom

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom first gave twitter a glimpse into his "crazy life" and self-promotion in June, 2012.

Barack Obama

An early taker to Twitter, the junior senator from Illinois used his first tweet to try to collect signatures against the Iraq war. Four years later, as president, he ordered the last US troops out of Iraq.

David Cameron

The British prime minister opened a new Twitter account in 2012 with a coy reference to his to 2009 claim that "too many twits make a twat".

Katy Perry

Katy Perry managed to include news about her tour, nasal passages and Twitter account all in her first tweet. She's now the most-followed person on the planet.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods didn't really get Twitter.

Stephen Fry

This is probably the only maiden tweet to include "whilst".

Justin Bieber

This somehow got retweeted 146,000 times. It's also a Myspace reference.

John McCain

John McCain's first tweet came three days after Barack Obama was inaugurated president. And it was kind of sad.

Sarah Palin

The former Alaska governor waited a year after her 2008 defeat for this tweet promoting her book, Going Rogue.

Wayne Rooney

The striker used his first tweet to offer Rio Ferdinand a lift.

The Pope

The Pope joined Twitter a year ago asking Catholics to pray for him.

He repeated that request this month on his first anniversary in the Vatican.

Ricky Gervais

The funnyman started tweeting ahead of hosting the Golden Globes in 2010.

He went on to offend most of Hollywood.

- Additional reporting by

- Daily Telegraph UK

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