You Never Forget Your First Tweet (but twitter does?)cc licensed flickr photo shared by cogdogblog

My First Tweet is supposed to find your first chirped status, but it apparently fails if you have gone past the 3000 mark.

There used to be a way to manually page back through your twitter archive by munging the page=XX value of the old URLs… but they took that away.

So where do old tweets go?

Nowhere, they still exist– but for whatever reasons, does not provide access to them.

So I searched my blog for references to URLs where I may have linked tweets, searching on and thus found a reference to likely one of my first, as I started tweeting in late January 2007 — the URL still works but HTF can you find it from twitter’s interface?

Bottom line- your old tweets are there, hung in suspended animation.

Free the tweets! Free the tweets?

Old Tweet lives at

cc licensed flickr photo shared by cogdogblog

The post "Twitter Archaeology" was originally rescued from the bottom of a stangant pond at CogDogBlog ( on June 1, 2009.


  • Mike Bogle

    In my case I wonder if “Too many Tweets” is an error or instead an observation. I was interested in seeing what my first tweet was but unfortunately got the same message. Not feeling like scrolling back through countless screens worth to find it – so it may have to remain a mystery for now.

    • Alan Levine aka CogDog

      @Mike I had seen previously on that site that it could not reach back through the twitter API beyond 3000 updates. The old ones are there, you just cannot get to them.

  • Ryan Collins

    What I’ve done is subscribed to the RSS feed of my tweets in Google Reader. Then I’ve got a nice searchable archive. Unfortunately, I didn’t do this when i first joined Twitter. :-(

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