For us at The Daily Vox, it’s hard to imagine life without Twitter. So on Monday, when the hashtag #WhenIJoinedTwitter trended, we were joining in on the tweeps reminiscing about their first tweeting experiences and early naïveté on the platform. AAISHA DADI PATEL brings you the best tweets.
When Twitter first started out, people weren’t quite sure what was going on.
— Nana Kwame (@I_Am_Kaay) June 22, 2015
They spent a lot of time trying to figure it out.
— filo imagines (@Doncasteratible) June 22, 2015
And the general consensus was – what IS this place?
— FAHD ABBOOD (@fahdabbood) June 22, 2015
Twitter brought with it a whole range of changes to vocab.
#WhenIJoinedTwitter Somebody called me a new tweep , I protested by telling him my name was Mongezi not a tweep…He unfollowed me
— MOOH LE DUST (@MOOH_LUTHULI) June 22, 2015
Suddenly, the pound sign wasn’t just a button you pressed when you were checking your airtime balance.
— Michael Clarke (@Mr_Mike_Clarke) June 22, 2015
And #nofilter was something that got a whole new meaning.
— The Light ✌ (@Mbali_Tiangzz) June 22, 2015
The term “follower” had a whole new, non-creepy meaning, but not everyone was accustomed to it yet.
— The greatest (@Boblee_23) June 22, 2015
#WhenIJoinedTwitter Loosing followers broke my heart. It was not a nice thing sleeping with 30 followers then wake up with 29:-(
— IG:Siphi_kuz (@Siphi_Kuz) June 22, 2015
And when they figured out what followers were, anxiety struck.
— ujjwal (@heyitsujjwal) June 22, 2015
Technology wasn’t as advanced as it currently is.
#WhenIJoinedTwitter there wasn’t even a twitter app and twitter looked weird
— #パイプ生活 (@Torplox) June 22, 2015
Some tweeps even remembered the time as being the heyday of the BlackBerry.
#WhenIjoinedTwitter BIS was so cool ??
— Nkanyezi Kubheka (@NkanyeziKubheka) June 22, 2015
And pop culture as we know it was so different. In the wake of The Perry Book Saga…
#WhenIJoinedTwitter Cape Town had: 4 Bloggers 6 Photographers 18 DJ’s
— Mothnificent (@Awesomoth) June 22, 2015
There were five members of One Direction…
— Alex | 43 (◕‿◕✿) (@swiftlyliam) June 22, 2015
And we never realised how much of a distraction it would be!
#WhenIJoinedTwitter i didnt know that twitter would be my escape from reality
— ariana♡ (@grandesangels) June 22, 2015
Oh Twitter, what would we do without you!
What did you think when you joined Twitter? Let us know in the comments or tweet @thedailyvox, of course.