From the time Jack Dorsey (co-founder of Twitter) sent out what is supposedly Twitter’s first tweet “Just setting up my twttr”, the social network has never been the same. It has inevitably become interwoven into the fabric of our society and has played a part in major events, whether through providing a voice to the revolutions in Middle East and North Africa to Strive Masiyiwa announcing Econet’s victory in a Lagos High Court, the world has never been the same.
Now a lot of people really do not know what to do when they first arrive on Twitter, what it is and what they are supposed to do. They are not alone as most of us will agree that similarly we were clueless about Twitter. I thought it might be fun to know what the larger than life Zimbabwean characters on Twitter with thousands of followers’ first tweets were. Fortunately for us, Twitter has released a tool to help us discover what someone’s first Tweet was. You can also use this tool to find out what yours was too.
1. Strive Masiyiwa
Zimbabwe’s Telecoms mogul currently engaging fans on Facebook with the exciting and thrilling story about Econet started tweeting on the 30th of January 2012. He tweets at @StriveMasiyiwa
2. Kirsty Coventry
Zimbabwe’s Swimmer ‘the Golden girl’ and former world record holder got in on Twitter in 2010 July, just in time for the World Cup final. She was really excited about the platform which she still uses to engage her multitude of fans. She tweets at @KirstyCoventry
3. Axcil Jefferies
Formula Two driver and Childline Zimbabwe Goodwill Ambassador Axcil Jefferies tweets at @AxcilJefferies. Axcil does not only win races but followers too. He has over 57K followers on twitter.
4. Trevor Ncube
Newspaper magnate and Owner of The Mail and Guardian Trevor Ncube was somewhat an early adopter of Twitter. He started tweeting in March 2009. He tweets at @TrevorNcube
5. Milton Kamwendo
Zimbabwe’s foremost and International Motivational Speaker started Tweeting in 2010 November but already had a strategy on how he was going to use Twitter. He is without doubt one of the most tech-savvy CEOs in Zimbabwe. He tweets @MiltonKamwendo
6. Shingi Munyeza
Zimbabwe’s leading hotelier and businessman uses Twitter to provide mentorship and share gold nuggets of wisdom to his followers. He tweets at @ShingiMunyeza
7. Walter Mzembi
8. David Coltart
David Coltart unlike his counterparts started Tweeting in 2008 Dec, becoming one of the first people in Zimbabwe to use Twitter. A tech Savvy politician Mr Coltart also uses his blog to channel his views.
9. Nigel Mugamu
Award Winning #263chat founder and moderator Nigel Mugamu is Zimbabwe’s epitome of a Twitter Power User. He founded #263chat to get local Zimbabweans and those in the diaspora to discuss national issues. He tweets at @SirNige
10. Carl Joshua Ncube
Always the comedian, leading Zimbabwe’s International comedian Carl’s first post was a joke to Zero fans.
What about you?
What was your first Tweet? Share with me on Twitter or in the comments section. I look forward to reading your first tweets.