Maybe I’m late to the party, but I was recently updating my Twitter account settings, and toward the bottom, I saw “Your Twitter archive,” which gets Twitter to send you every character you ever tweeted.”
Um, yes please.
It took about a minute to receive my file. And I looked to my very first tweets, prepared for the worst … and oh, thank God, it wasn’t that bad. Apparently, I first signed up for twitter because a friend of mine was tweeting about the 2009 season of American Idol for work. My first tweet was:
@EmDow Is this how I should do this?
This brings up many things that don’t exist anymore:
- My friend is no longer on Twitter, and I do not know the current @EmDow.
- Neither of us work for the newspaper anymore.
- I don’t watch American Idol anymore.
It’s weird to see that my first very many tweets are to the Idol tweeters. It’s also weird to see that some of the first friends I tweet to are folks I still chat with on Twitter. I no longer see either, ever, as they live far away, but @LTJpezcore1 and @bexsling and @Bontyful are still some of my favorite tweeps (did I make that word up? or is that a thing?)
As I scroll though, I’m experiencing something I didn’t expect: What a wonderful little time capsule to remind me where I was and what I was doing For example:
- My first Jac & Elsie tweet, back when it was Jaclyn1423? “Jaclyn1423.etsy.com Humor me, yo.”
- “Good interview. Makes me even happier to be able to say: I’ve been here, at the [newspaper], for one year today.” That also means I lived in my current hometown for about a year at that point.
- There are the tweets back and forth with a girl I was once close to who, a few years ago, started to treat me like poo.
- Oh my goodness, tiny.ly links work foreeeever: “New earrings over at http://tiny.cc/HmeCI — I _love_ these!” (Hm. Those are really pretty. I should recreate that design.) (Also, they don’t all work forever. Another took me to a sign-in page for a newspaper.)
- I celebrated my fifth heart on Etsy on July 10, 2009.
- Ditto my 100th tweet, on July 13, 2009.
If nothing else, it’s very neat to look back and see how I’ve grown in my various endeavors. A by-the-numbers look sums it up well:
1,916 following on Twitter
1,845 followers on Twitter
1,204 sales on Etsy
1,017 admirers on Etsy
Has anyone else ever done this on Twitter? What did you find out?