March 21st marks ten years of Twitter (#anniversary #tenyearsstrong). Work on the project, originally called "twttr" (in part because twitter.com was already in use!), began on this day in 2006, when Jack Dorsey, an undergrad at NYU, published the first message at 9:50 P.M. PST:
just setting up my twttr— Jack (@jack) March 21, 2006
Three years later, we joined in (what are these "thank-you cakes" we spoke of?):
Photo shoot postponed due to foul clouds. On our laptops at the kitchen table, thank-you cakes in the oven.— Food52 (@Food52) April 14, 2009
Now, Twitter has more than 320 million active monthly users—including some of the most important, most irreverent, and most hilarious voices in the world of food.
Here's a look back at the first tweets of just a few of the cookbook writers, commentators, and chefs we love to follow.
There's a 99% chance their first tweet acknowledged the momentous occasion:
Oops, I did it.— Molly Wizenberg (@mollyorangette) March 29, 2009
bleargh obligatory first post OK DONE— Helen Rosner (@hels) July 31, 2008
I'm not sure what I'm doing here. But I'm here, which means it's probably pretty damn late in the game. Tweet tweet.— Sam Sifton (@SamSifton) March 30, 2009
trying to figure out Twitter. Watching Superbowl.— ruthreichl (@ruthreichl) February 2, 2009
headed off to paris in a few minutes, but just wanted to say that i'm looking forward to keeping up with everyone on twitter— dorie greenspan (@doriegreenspan) March 15, 2009
Decided to get an iPhone -— amandahesser (@amandahesser) September 16, 2008
While others jumped right into the thick of things with no hesitancy:
Coffee at Perry St awful this evening, bitter, sour, and burned, had to go home and make my own— Robert Sietsema (@robertsietsema) December 28, 2009
When restaurants provide toothpicks, wait until you have stepped outside before you start probing your gums.— Florence Fabricant (@FloFab) February 16, 2013
Whoops! Wish we had read this tweet before dinner on Saturday night...
A federal calorie labeling law? Uh oh.: Why do I get suspicious when I hear that the National Restaurant Associa.. http://cli.gs/Pnn0H2— Marion Nestle (@marionnestle) March 14, 2009
We're guessing this was VERY funny at the time!
Cruising the fancy food show Sunday. I remember when it was a very tiny "new" show and booths were homemade. I mean it!— Alice Medrich (@AliceMedrich) January 10, 2012
Ready to get hit with a Bacon Attack! ?— J. Kenji López-Alt (@TheFoodLab) October 30, 2009
Bacon attack? Can't decide if we're scared or excited.
The Lipitor blister pack, sold without a prescription in Hong Kong, is a beautiful object. And a beautiful thing. I think I'll take one.— Francis Lam (@Francis_Lam) March 23, 2009
Eggleston @ Whitney: "I had the notion of what I called a democratic way of looking around: that nothing was more important or less..."— John T Edge (@johntedge) January 25, 2009
Here's a piece I did for Salon on Obama's first hundred days:— Michael Pollan (@michaelpollan) April 29, 2009
Some were welcomed with open arms (or dragged onto the platform by peer pressure):
joined Twitter in part to mitigate a burgeoning sense of shame but is now actually kind of intrigued. Thank you, @amandahesser!— Merrill Stubbs (@merrillstubbs) January 22, 2009
Some Tweeters understood the importance of social cross-promotion early on:
updating my blog— David Lebovitz (@davidlebovitz) February 1, 2008
What we're cooking today...Vin Santo Ice Cream with Cantuccini http://bit.ly/bVbhNX— Nigella Lawson (@Nigella_Lawson) August 2, 2010
Welcome to Ozersky TV! We're coming soon. Meanwhile, here's where you'll find all your Josh Ozersky news and links!— Josh Ozersky (@OzerskyTV) March 16, 2010
Are you embarrassed by or proud of your first tweet? Share with us in the comments below!