Want to Check Out Decade Old Tweets? Now You Can

Do you ever come across someone tweeting some form of wisdom or advice, like it was the most obvious thing in the world?

It’s commonplace to find someone today opining their own expertise and their own quality. They always talk up how they feel today, often neglecting to remember that social media leaves a permanent imprint. What you were saying a few short years ago can easily be found and then compared to what you are saying today – often with some very embarrassing consequences.

With that in mind, then, it’s important that you take a look at this. Found by the brilliant Andy Baio, this tool helps you to essentially see the timelines of who you follow today, 10 years ago. While those who were not on then will obviously not appear, it’s a very interesting tool to see just how much Twitter has changed.

Today, it’s the home of champagne revolution, of witch hunts and marketing campaigns that can change the world. It’s where the President of the United States looks to opine one everything from TV shows to foreign policy. Ten years ago, though? It was basically just a site for talking about absolute nonsense with people.

Most people just tweeted what they were doing that day, using the old 140-character limit to basically just talk about basic stuff going on in their life. From people talking about their smartphone charging to people just talking about going for walks, Twitter appears to have been a much more calming, serene place a decade ago.

It was actually pretty dull to be honest. Most people just posted basic life stories and had mundane conversations with people they knew. Basically, it was Facebook. While today it’s the breeding ground of everything from memes to trolls, it was once basically just a big venue for everyone to talk to each other about their day.

The jokes, though, sucked. Twitter today is famous for being very funny, but in 2008 it appeared to lack anything like the madness or the humour that has become such a high point of social media life in 2018. It was all pretty low-key, to be honest. No politicians getting caught up in outrageous conversations with their constituents, and no businesses having their eyebrow-raising practices brought up in public.

In retrospect, I think that I prefer the modern, chaotic take on Twitter – it’s just a lot wilder than I would have expected it to ever become. Looking back on my 2008 feed, it’s definitely the case.

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