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slides: First Tweets from Rhode Island’s Most Influential People

Saturday, March 29, 2014

 

Taylor Swift is one of two on the list to have over 1 million Twitter followers.

Do you remember your first tweet? How about the first tweet from your favorite celebrity or public figure?

Last week, in honor of their eighth birthday, Twitter launched a website that allows users to go back in time and see their--or their favorite personalities'--first tweets. 

Find your first tweet here

Since its inception in March of 2006, Twitter has amassed more than 500 million users, allowing members to share their thoughts--500 million daily--with the world. Even the President of the United States is an active user, and made social media history when his 2012 tweet was retweeted 779,565 times--more than any other in history

The site has become one of the most popular social media sites in the world, and members have discovered unique and interesting ways to represent themselves. 

Some use Twitter to reach out to the community:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Others to connect with fans, or each other:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And others as parody

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Twitter works

Each Twitter user is assigned a Twitter handle, which is the @ symbol followed by an account name of the users choosing. Twitter users micro blog by tweeting, which is a post limited to 140 characters. Twitter users are also allowed to post photographs and video, as well as retweet and favorite other users posts. 

While some used their first tweet to offer a witty or interesting comment, others chose to forgo the comedy for something more serious.

Check out the slideshow below to see what the famous and prominent members of Rhode Island had to say in their first tweets.
 

 

Related Slideshow: First Tweets from Rhode Island’s Most Influential People

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck

Talk show host for The View, a Cranston native

@ehasselbeck

Tweets: 2,571

Followers: 369 K

First Tweet: MY FIRST DAY ON TWITTER!-such a rookie - March 26, 2009

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Gordon Fox

Former RI Speaker of the House of Representatives

@repgordonfox

Tweets: 170

Followers: 1,645

First Tweet: As I go door-to-door, many people want to hear about the school funding formula and other goals we've accomplished: http://gordonfox.com/gordonfox.com/accomplishments.html - October 22, 2012

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Julie Tremmel

Former WJAR-10 reporter

@JTremmelFOX23

Tweets: 181

Followers: 147

First Tweet: Looking for story ideas tonight - December 28, 2010

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John DePetro

Radio Talk Host for WPRO

@JohnDePetroshow

Tweets: 27.7 K

Followers: 3,837

First Tweet: trying to figure out twitter - April 6, 2009

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Carolyn Rafaelian

Founder of Alex and Ani, a Rhode Island company

@carolyn

Tweets: 1,761

Followers: 9,188

First Tweet: Twitter and facebook down?  Well if you ever wanted know how to test my patience... Bingo. - March 14, 2011

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Lincoln Chafee

Governor of Rhode Island

@LincolnChafee

Tweets: 2,669

Followers: 9,374

First Tweet: Announcing my independent campaign for RI Governor @ Iron Works Tavern in Warwick tomorrow morning - all are welcome!  http://bit.ly/6927sX - January 3, 2010

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Gina Raimondo

General Treasurer, Candidate for Governor

@GinaRaimondo

Tweets: 1,065

Followers: 6,365

First Tweet: Thanks for following my new twitter feed! I hope to make regular updates about my ongoing work as RI's newest Treasurer. - January 20, 2011

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Allan Fung

Cranston Mayor, Candidate for Governor

@MayorFung

Tweets: 1,341

Followers: 3,117

First Tweet: Ribbon cutting at Brewed Awakenings in Cranston!! Come down for some great coffee and treats - October 17, 2012

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Blu Cantrell

Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, born in Providence

@realblucantrell

Tweets: 2,177

Followers: 4,989

First Tweet: Just setting up my account. ready to get back in the game - January 7, 2010

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Taylor Swift

Musician, owns house in Westerly

@taylorswift13

Tweets: 2,169

Followers: 39.9 M

First Tweet: apologizing to a very needy cat for being gone so long - December 6, 2008

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Olivia Culpo

Miss Universe 2012, native of Cranston

@oliviaculpo

Tweets: 2,808

Followers: 88.5 K

First Tweet: Just do you. - May 6, 2011

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Debra Messing

Actress, best knoen for Will and Grace, raised in East Greenwich

@DebraMessing

Tweets: 4,703

Followers: 187 K

First Tweet: HELLO!! My very FIRST tweet! Any others you've seen were FAkES! So i thought I'd enter the 21st cent., but bear with me! I'm a newbie! - February 23, 2012

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Mena Suvari

Actress, fashion designer and model, born in Newport

@mena13suvari

Tweets: 13.8 K

Followers: 91.1 K

First Tweet: what up tweeties? follow me. goodtimes - June 4, 2009

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The Farrelly Brothers

Directors and Producers, best known for Dumb and Dumber, raised in Cumberland

@farrellybros

Tweets: 424

Followers: 28.7 K

First Tweet: @alyssa_milano, will you please give us permission to follow you? Pete & Bobby - February 24, 2011

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Clay Pell

Officer in Coast Guard, Candidate for Governor

@ClayPell

Tweets: 62

Followers: 1,457

First Tweet: Excited to celebrate @FLOTUS birthday @WhiteHouse w @MichelleWKwan tonight. - January 18, 2014

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Angel Taveras

Mayor of Providence, Candidate for Governor

@Angel_Taveras

Tweets: 2,938

Followers: 8,635

First Tweet: Mayor-Elect Taveras selects Yahaira Placencia, Mark Ryan and Myrth York to lead transition. http://transitionprovidence.org/co-chairs/ - November 4, 2010

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Pauly D

DJ and star of The Jersey Shore, born in Providence

@DJPaulyD

Tweets: 16.6 K

Followers: 4.38 M

First Tweet: gettin ready for NYC tmr....hit me up if your in the city http://bit.ly/6vnkP0 - December 6, 2009

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Billy Gilman

Country Music Artist, born in Westerly

@bg524

Tweets: 8,940

Followers: 22.4 K

First Tweet: figuring out twitter and watching golf..yeaaa - November 10, 2009

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Meredith Vieira

Vieira, a journalist and television personality, was born in Providence

@meredithvieira

Tweets: 306

Followers: 82.1 K

First Tweet: now that I'm tweeting...that twit, Lauer, can't be far behind! - March 8, 2011

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Claudia Jordan

Model on Deal or No Deal and appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice, born in Providence

@claudiajordan

Tweets: 79.4 K

Followers: 90.8 K

First Tweet: "debating if i want to go out to Hyde and see the same folks I always see, or stay in and watch another movie...damn I need a boyfriend! Lol" - March 14, 2009

 
 

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