What is said on Twitter, stays on Twitter, and if Topsy has anything to do with it, that might be forever. The social media tool recently announced it will allow us to search tweets as far back as 2006.
Brian Patterson, an SEO, had the ingenious idea of searching it for the first tweets by SEO influencers. And after having some fun by retweeting the first posts by Andy Beal, Barry Schwartz and Copyblogger, I thought I’d copy that idea for PR influencers.
These influencers come from this Twitter list which I curate for the purposes of producing this PR Thought Leaders Daily on Paper.li. While I have created this Paper.li for me, it is an amazingly good summary of what’s was chattable among the PR elite on Twitter each day. The power is in taking good care of the Twitter lists.
This list is a completely subjective list that I have arbitrarily selected. None of the names here should be a surprise, but if you feel left out, please don’t. The names are listed merely in the order in which I did the searches; there is no order of merit here. If you don’t like the list, feel free to make your own.
One other caveat: the Topsy search I found, is not perfect. There are a couple tweets it displayed as the “first tweet” that I suspect are not. There are some, such as my own first Twitter post, which do not appear to be searchable. Even so, it’s fun to see what some of these folks had to say on Twitter, 4, 5, 6, and even 7 years ago.
1. Chris Lewis
Reviewing 2010 business plan
— Chris Lewis (@largeburrito) July 9, 2009
2. Richard Edelman
So gratified by reaction to my blog post on sunday ny times article
— Richard Edelman (@richardwedelman) July 8, 2009
3. Greg Jarboe
I’ve just set up an account on Twitter. I know I’m late to the dance, but I couldn’t stand on the sidelines any longer. — Greg Jarboe (@gregjarboe) January 28, 2009
4. Gini Dietrich
— Gini Dietrich (@ginidietrich) December 6, 2008
5. Bill Stoller
Hey All! Just a quick note: I changed my Twitter name to PublicityGuru. Coming soon tons of publicity updates,success stories,media contact — Bill Stoller (@PublicityGuru) January 16, 2009
6. Crosby Naricks
PR Couture begins to twitter!
— PR Couture (@prcouture) July 17, 2008
7. Rochelle Veturis Coles
I am reading lecture notes for an Advanced Public Relations course I am currently taking through Media Bistro.com. — RochelleVeturisColes (@RochelleVeturis) June 7, 2008
8. Rachel Kay
Pitching Pitching Pitching!
— Rachel Kay (@rachelakay) June 19, 2008
9. David Meerman Scott
OK, I’ve finally succumbed. — David Meerman Scott (@dmscott) March 8, 2008
10. Sarah Evans
In an interview with Sun publications highlighting SHARE services 20th anniversary @ Good Samaritan Hospital
— Sarah Evans (@prsarahevans) February 13, 2008
11. Arik Hanson
matthew, put down that vacuum cleaner! — arikhanson (@arikhanson) December 29, 2007
12. Deirdre Breakenridge
Hey, what are you doing?
— Deirdre Breakenridge (@dbreakenridge) September 14, 2007
13. Dave Fleet
Blogging about my run tonight at https://torontorunner.com — davefleet (@davefleet) September 13, 2007
14. Joel Postman
Just accepted Sabrina’s invite to join Twitter, but see she hasn’t tweeted for a while
— Joel Postman (@jpostman) June 23, 2007
15. Kevin Dugan
putting my money where my big mouth is and playing with twitter — Kevin Dugan (@prblog) April 1, 2007
16. Rohit Bhargava
Lunch at Smith & Wolllensky in DC
— Rohit Bhargava (@rohitbhargava) May 4, 2007
17. Peter Shankman
Sitting in a hotel room in San Francisco — Peter Shankman (@petershankman) March 27, 2007
18. Shel Holtz
Stting in a session at NewComm Forum. Just decided I had to give this a try.
— Shel Holtz (@shelholtz) March 8, 2007
19. Phil Gomes
signing up for this thing. — Phil Gomes (@philgomes) February 14, 2007
20. Dave Armano
I’m trying to figure out how to send this thing from my phone
— David Armano (@armano) February 6, 2007
21. Steve Rubel
Working — Steve Rubel (@steverubel) January 26, 2007
22. Todd Defren
Got 1 day to catch-up after NewComm Forum; off to SF at 6:30 tomorrow (ugh, gotta love the 4:30am wake-up)!
— Todd Defren (@TDefren) March 12, 2007
23. Drew Benvie
Had to delete my old Twitter account as the mobile wouldnt register — Drew Benvie (@drewb) January 6, 2007
24. Ike Piggott
getting ready for lunch
— Ike Pigott (@ikepigott) January 3, 2007
25. Jeremy Pepper
Timesheets, expenses, and some more fun stuff. BLAH. — Jeremy Pepper (@jspepper) December 11, 2006
26. Brian Solis
It’s either allergies…or a cold…or an excuse to catch up.
— Brian Solis (@briansolis) December 28, 2006
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