Twitter, the online micro blogging service, was launched in July 2006 and I joined at the beginning of 2009. It was only just starting to grow and my membership number suggests just under 19m others got there before me. If you think that makes me a late starter consider that if you joined today you would be getting involved with something that [by Oct 2017] over 330 million have tried.
I recall that at the time the service felt fresh and new, lacking the cynicism and fame seeking of today’s model. When I signed up I did not personally know anyone who used the site and on many occasions I was asked what it was about and why they should bother.
In those early days it seemed users were treated based on their own content and not their ability to retweet the content from others or by just simply being a celebrity in other fields. You had to work to get a following. Just being a ‘someone’ and posting a picture of your breakfast or requoting a glib phrase in a fancy font wouldn’t garner appreciation.
As a result I taught myself how to entertain and grow a following. You will also note that I tried out different and novel ways to use the platform, although the increased growth in people using the platform and the ever growing number of celebrities opening accounts in the year meant that the original user base was quickly being sidelined and I found difficulty getting my own voice heard.
I felt proud of the contribution I made and wrote a story of my 2009 content postings. I built the narrative to explain to non-service users why I had posted certain contemporaneous comments. Although fairly comprehensive it is not a complete reposting of every Tweet that year. You will need to visit my @vinceunlimited Twitter Feed to get absolutely everything.
Finally, for those without the time on their hands to read the whole story and just like the best of the best I have curated this list of my top ten best Tweets of 2009. Based on my personal choice, not based on views, likes, comments or retweets. They are in no significant order other than date of posting.
Generally I’m a fan of predictive text. However, sometimes my worms come out all fanny and change the moaning completely
Damn. Just broke my Crystal Ball. It fell off the table. I didn’t see that coming
I said “Whats that?” She said “Its an age spot.” I said “Just the one?” It’s suddenly more frosty this morning
The instructions read ‘Store in a cool place’. Which explains why I was trying to get into Samuel Jackson’s movie trailor
Decided to form a band. Our unique theme will be that we’ll perform in cake shops. I guarantee that in five years we’ll be huge
My brother told me he is using chip fat to power his old diesel car. Reckons he gets 73 miles per potato
Male Polar Bear asks his girlfriend to wear heavy make up just for a change. She replies ‘I’m not pandering to you.’
They asked whether the apartment I rent out came with Sky. I said yes. Big blue thing just above the roof
…Sado-masochists Beat Themselves Into Second Place In Online Poll
I tried to get though the Tile Discount Store door but they had reduced it by 50%
Have I picked the ten best? If you want to know the full and comprehensive story of my Tweets in 2009 go to my website at vinceunlimited.co.uk/twitter2009.htm or if you are using a mobile device try vinceunlimited.co.uk/twitter2009m.htm
Author: Vince Poynter
From the Twitter section of the vinceunlimited.co.uk website dated 27 Jul 2018
Tweets First published in Twitter during 2009