Twitter marks 8th birthday with your first tweets

Social net gives users a gift to mark its own anniversary

Twitter is getting ready to celebrate its eighth birthday on Friday and it's marking the occasion with a present for its users.

The social network is giving users a tool to check out their first tweet or anyone else's first tweet, said Gabriel Stricker, vice president of communications at Twitter, in a blog post today.

Anyone can find their first tweet with this first tweet tool.

"Millions of prolific tweeters have made Twitter an exciting, fun and powerful place to connect with others," wrote Stricker. "But each of you had to start somewhere: Today we're taking a look at some choice first Tweets -- first Tweets that sparked a conversation, used imagery to tell a story, or revealed unfiltered self expression."

For instance, Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, first tweeted, "just setting up my twtttr."

The first tweet by Madeleine Albright, the first female U.S. secretary of state, was,"First of 3 female SecState's - last to join Twitter. Better late than never!"

Pope Francis made his first tweet shortly after becoming pontiff. He tweeted, "Dear friends, I thank you from my heart and I ask you to continue to pray for me."

President Obama used his first tweet to try to sway a vote. "Thinking we're only one signature away from ending the war in Iraq. Learn more at "

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