It is my first Twitter Anniversary. I began tweeting on December 24th, 2009.
It is intriguing to “search” Twitter for the hashtag #howlong and scan through. Or go to a site like www.ubervu.com/conversations/howlonghaveyoubeentweeting.com that does the search for you and graphs number of tweets by date. (please see update below)
But who is behind the mysterious Howlonghaveyoubeentweeting.com?
It would be nice to have an “about” tab on their site.
I have sent a cc to Leah Jones on my tweet (subject line) because she introduced me to Twitter “back in the day”
@LeahJones decided to change to @LeahChicago and I updated her website link above from Natiivi which now goes to a 404 to the website where I first met her, which she moved from the BlogCity blogging platform to WordPress.com. I imagine she went through some pain like I did, moving this site from Posterous to WordPress.org – which is why I will never build a blog on a platform that is not self-hosted again (except for WordPress – you can trust they will stick around, and if not it is very easy to move from .com to .org).
Leah writes: I started this blog in November 2003 and called it “Leah in London” and used the now kaput blogging platform Blog City. At the time, I was managing a student residence in London for IES. This was an easy way for me for people to keep up with me without me sending annoying mass emails or spending a lot of money on international phone calls. When I moved home from London in March of 2004, I changed the title to “Leah in Chicago” and kept blogging away. When I started studying Judaism, I added the subtitle or alternative title “Accidentally Jewish.”…
I work at Olson PR and lead the Emerging Media team in Chicago. I’ll tell you when I’m talking about clients like MillerCoors, Wrigley, P.F. Chang’s, Pei Wei Diner, Tropicana and others. I barely write about clients or work over here, but when I write about a client, you’ll know.
Leah has always been big on social media ethics. I’m glad I had the opportunity to learn from her when I was getting started. Love it that her company works with the good folks at MillerCoors. They rank in the top two favorite companies I ever worked for.
Social Media Brand Insights company Ubervu dropped their link page to HowLongHavYouBeenTweeting but both websites still exist.
These days Twitter tells us how long we have been tweeting so we don’t need a mysterious website to tell us. They also let us search back to old tweets instead of only holding them for a week so we don’t need third party data storage apps. Thank you Twitter.
In retrospect, HowLongHaveYouBeenTweeting created code to pull Twitter anniversaries and use the site to promote their Google adwords. They still don’t have an About page, so I have removed the link to them but if you want to look at the site, you can still find them.