First tweet tool marks birthday

The Oxford Times: A new tool launched by Twitter allows users to look up first tweets sent on the network A new tool launched by Twitter allows users to look up first tweets sent on the network

Twitter has marked its eighth birthday today by launching a new tool that enables users to look up their very first tweet, and that of anyone who uses the social media site.

Called first-tweets.com, the site allows users to type in the name of any Twitter account and find out what was the first update they posted to the site. Since it launched in 2006, more than 240 million people have joined the social network, with over 15 million active users in the UK.

Prime Minister David Cameron and US president Barack Obama are both prominent on Twitter, and the site has been used to make major announcements - including that of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's engagement in 2010.

The very first tweet was sent by the site's founder, Jack Dorsey, and read "just setting up my twttr". Since then more than 300 billion tweets have been sent, with more than 500 million currently being sent each day.

The success of Twitter saw the company launch a companion video service in 2013, with the release of Vine - an app that allows users to post six-second videos to the web.

Professional tweeter David Levin, who tweets for TV shows including The Voice, said, "As someone who tweets for a living, looking back at my first tweet is looking at a moment my life changed. Like my first day at school, but with more wine and crying."

The new tool comes a day after the Conservative Party was criticised for an advert posted on the social media site highlighting the cut to bingo and beer tax in George Osborne's Budget announcement.

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