Here are the first tweets from some of Boston tech’s top influencers


“Joining twitter. OMG.”

That’s how Mike Troiano, aka @miketrap, jokingly began his tweeting career in mid-2007, which so far has consisted of more than 11,000 tweets in total.

On Thursday, Twitter’s eighth birthday, the site debuted to take you back to your earliest 140-character endeavor (or back to someone else’s if you wish).

I pulled some handles from’s Boston Influencers Twitter list and plugged them into the new site. The results are below. Many of the tweets, of course, were done at a time when no one really knew what Twitter was supposed to be for, including Twitter’s founders themselves — who each tweeted “just setting up my twttr” to get things started.

(As for my first tweet, ICYW, it was a re-tweet.)





Kyle Alspach has worked in journalism in Massachusetts since 2005 and was one of the original staff writers at BetaBoston.
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