A Roundup of Politicians’ First Tweets

They’re just like us.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: In this photo illustration, communications from Twitter are displayed on a mobile device announcing the company's initial public offering and debut on the New York Stock Exchange on November 7, 2013 in London, England. Twitter went public on the NYSE opening at USD 26 per share, valuing the company's worth at an estimated USD 18 billion.
National Journal
Elahe Izadi Emma Roller
March 20, 2014, 7:44 a.m.

Twit­ter launched in 2006 and, with it, forced the long-win­ded art of polit­ics in­to 140-char­ac­ter mes­sages. We haven’t turned back since.

Like every­one on Twit­ter, politi­cians had grow­ing pains dur­ing their first for­ays in­to the me­di­um. Tak­ing a look at their first tweets of­fers a win­dow in­to how these pub­lic fig­ures im­mersed them­selves in this brave new world of so­cial me­dia, and also where we were as a na­tion years ago. Thanks to this new tool from Twit­ter that lets you search the first tweets of any pub­lic Twit­ter ac­count, we can do just that.

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