As Twitter makes its IPO today (where it debuted at more than $40/share), I thought it might be fun to look back at the beginnings of everyone's favorite Twitter account, @MLB.
Here is the first ever tweet (that still exists, at least) from December 2008 on what is now known as @MLB. The account appears to have begun its existence as @mlblogs.
hope you have fun with our new Official MLBlogs Twitter page! Use it to post tweets, and I suggest http://is.gd for short URLs. Go MLBlogs!— MLB (@MLB) December 30, 2008
A couple more from that first week:
OK, should I set some groundrules so Yankee and Red Sox fans won't fight in here? hahaha Everyone get along nice as followers ensue! :)— MLB (@MLB) December 30, 2008
@boston_sports How did I get the MLBlogs logo? Um...we created it here in our Design group in April 2005 at MLB.com. (On my hard drive.)— MLB (@MLB) December 31, 2008
Jenn's in the house @philsphollowers yo whattup world champion homes— MLB (@MLB) December 31, 2008
For the unitiated here, some you want to follow also might be @lancearmstrong @barackinaugural etc more to come— MLB (@MLB) December 31, 2008
Dave Matthews and MC Hammer!
New Year's Eve comes around:
wow, fireworks at Central Park next to where I live exploded for about 20 minutes straight...could have funded Lehman!— MLB (@MLB) January 1, 2009
Not so sure about this one:
wow, 79 cents for a 3-month supply of Gillette foamy shaving cream. I especially loved the water-ski commercial for Gillette. Ads rocks— MLB (@MLB) January 2, 2009
Sometime in mid-May 2009 at the latest, the account switched over from @mlblogs to @MLB. You can see evidence of that here:
@CrizFresh There are no rules for that stuff. We're all sports fans. You'll hear about some hoops and football and more here. Not a bot feed— MLB (@MLB) May 24, 2009
But even as of May 21, the account was still tweeting in this voice:
Leaving MLB HQ now, heading crosstown to MLB.com HQ here in Manhattan. Wondering if Longoria could win a Triple Crown. Hmmm.— MLB (@MLB) May 21, 2009
Today, the @MLB Twitter account looks like this:
It's functional, certainly, but it's not all that fun. It seems to work for the 3.2 million followers @MLB has, though, and, for that, the people buying Twitter up at $40/share this morning thank them. I just miss my updates about fireworks over Central Park.