Twitter rolled out a fun feature to celebrate its eighth birthday on Wednesday, allowing people to find the first tweets they ever crafted.
We’ve been doing some celebrating of our own this week, and we couldn’t think of a better way to keep the good times rolling than to dig up some #firsttweets from some of sports media’s biggest names to share them with you all.
Some of these tweets will make you laugh while others will leave you scratching your heads.
And then there are those that are a scary window into the future.
Let’s dive right in, shall we? In no particular order, here they are.
The one and only Skip Bayless started his Twitter adventure as you’d expect, by trolling LeBron James.
Just started this page. Will begin updates during tonight’s Prince James game.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) May 28, 2009
Erin Andrews’ maiden voyage on Twitter included a shot of a bruise she got while training for Dancing with the Stars.
For my first tweet, I thought I would show a shot of my first real bruise from practice with Maks! Having fun!! http://yfrog.com/bgg4hj — Erin Andrews (@ErinAndrews) March 8, 2010
The producer of the Dan Patrick Show, Paul Pabst, began with a credo he still lives with to this day.
So rule #1, if you see a no-hitter, overtime game, breaking news or something special in sports happening…let each other know. — Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) January 21, 2011
Dick Vitale’s first tweet was about as Dick Vitale as it gets.
I’m on Twitter, Baby! — Dick Vitale (@DickieV) October 9, 2009
Seth Davis had some trouble getting used to the character limit.
Tap tap tap. Is this thing on? Hey everyone, my first Tweet! Thanks for signing up, tho I don’t know how I’m going to write within 140 chara — Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) October 16, 2009
Scott Van Pelt wanted to assure everyone that he was not an impostor.
To the dude who set up the fake acct. – Gas Face given….. I’m late to the party but here we go. Important life observations to follow. — Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) January 5, 2011
Charissa Thompson, like a lot of people, needed some time to find the right verb to describe Twitter activity.
This is Charissa Thompson’s official twitter page. I will be twittering from all the games I cover… — Charissa Thompson (@CharissaT) March 3, 2009
One of the preeminent play-by-play voices in the business just wanted to tell us where he was.
i am in my office — Kevin harlan (@Kevinharlan) June 8, 2009
Everyone’s favorite brand advocate used his first tweet to pout.
DarrenRovell is of course taken on Twitter. So the real Darren Rovell has to be DarrenRovell1. — darren rovell (@darrenrovell) March 13, 2009
Cheer up, Darren. You got the handle eventually.
One of hockey’s most trusted insiders began by tweeting in the third-person.
The Real Nick Kypreos is now on twitter! — Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) February 4, 2010
Apparently fake insider accounts were a big deal back then, too.
OK, this is the real Bob McKenzie, the TSN Hockey Insider. Accept no substitutes. I don’t get the impersonating thing, to be honest. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 8, 2009
FOX Sports’ first tweet was done in earnest.
We’re trying this out to see if it helps us communicate with you. — FOX Sports (@FOXSports) October 21, 2008
Deadspin’s first foray was about a certain polarizing comedian.
Kevin Hart Made The Whole Thing Up [Kevin Hart] : We just arrived in Alameda and we’re going to spend s.. http://tinyurl.com/28z4pz — Deadspin (@Deadspin) February 7, 2008
One of the best pocket-tweeters in the business got political with his first effort.
Seymour Hersh’s piece in the New York once agan begs the question:why isn’t Dick Cheney tried as a war criminal? — Peter Gammons (@pgammo) April 4, 2009
Keith Olbermann’s Twitter introduction was poetic.
I give up. I was wrong. Young and foolish. Now my twitter-cot belongs to the ages. Behold: I tweet. — Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) April 9, 2010
Another Keith was just trying to understand the new medium.
Figuring this twitter thing out. — keithlaw (@keithlaw) June 17, 2008
A veteran NFL reporter threw some shade at a beloved talk show host.
Good morning all. This is my first Tweet of all time. Noticed in the NY Times that Oprah beat me by one day. I’m bitter. — Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) April 18, 2009
An NBA insider reminded us that Twitter used to ask people what they were doing.
I am tweeting for the first time on my BlackBerry. That’s what I’m doing. — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 18, 2009
Bloguin’s own hockey blog channeled “Frankenstein”…
IT’S ALIVE! — Puck Drunk Love (@PuckDrunkLove) November 2, 2011
SBNation’s GIF account joined a bit late, but made up for it by sharing arguably the greatest GIF of all-time.
Bob Nightengale didn’t quite understand how the whole Twitter thing worked.
Hey Richard, John: Jim Leyland said his wife is at Penguins’ game tonight — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) June 3, 2009
Some weren’t so eager to embrace the new medium.
Some used it to complain about other things.
Stupid bracket. — Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) March 22, 2008
Others looked forward to getting free stuff.
Hoping to win an iPod! — Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) December 12, 2006
CBS assured its followers that it was, in fact, on the job.
At work — CBSSports.com (@CBSSports) May 23, 2008
A long-time ESPN PR man used his first tweet to express his love for a singer-songwriter from the ’70s. Or perhaps the Spanish word for “wolf”.
lobo — Josh Krulewitz (@jksports) March 6, 2009
A prominent baseball insider jokingly (?) begged for followers with his first tweet.
Three followers?! Someone please follow me! — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) April 29, 2009
And finally, the man whose bio professes his penchant for “sexy opinions” may have had the worst first tweet of them all.
nothing. — Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) May 18, 2009