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The first tweet, the first Instagram photo … these are the contents that the most popular services launched

27 mayo, 2021

A day at the zoo, a configuration message, a damaged laser pointer … This is how the foundations of services and websites were built that today have become pillars of the Internet. They all had a beginning. How did they start? What message was the first one posted?

Even though these messages are buried with all the subsequent activity, fortunately the companies take care of and honor them. We’ll see what messages were the ones that started the most used social networks and websites.

YouTube: “a day at the zoo”

The video that you can see just above is the first video published on YouTube, which has undoubtedly become the champion of online videos. In it we see the co-founder of the portal Jawed Karim, describing the elephants that inhabited the San Diego Zoo on April 23, 2005. Currently, the video has more than 23 million views for the simple fact of being the first.

Twitter: “I’m setting up my Twttr”

Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter, was responsible for posting the first message on the service at the end of March 2006. And it couldn’t be more goal, because he posted on Twitter that he was setting up his Twitter. OR its Twttr, since in the beginning of the company it was known more by that name. The identification number of the tweet is 20, when current tweets have 18-digit identifications.

AOL Instant Messenger: “Don’t be scared, it’s me”


America Online’s instant messaging service did not hit too hard in Spain or the rest of Europe, but in the United States it had its golden age. The first instant message was sent by then-company executive Ted Leonsis for his wife in January 1993, and read:

Don’t be scared … it’s me. I love you and miss you.

His wife, surprised, sent him the following reply:

Wow … this is so cool!

Instagram: Tacos Chilakos

Kevin Systrom, founder of Instagram, was on a taco stand called Tacos Chilakos when he saw a dog and decided to immortalize it. You can see the result just above, published in July 2010. It is not known what the dog was called, but the foot that appears in the photograph is that of Kevin’s girlfriend.

Reddit: The Downing Street “memo”


The first post on Reddit was published in 2006 by user kn0thing, and consisted of a simple link to the Downing Street Memo website. At that time there were no comments, and each posted message could be “promoted” or “downvoted” instead of receiving positive or negative votes.

eBay: the damaged laser pointer

Laser pointer

eBay is a veteran, and you have to go until 1995 to see what was sold for the first time on the portal. Back then eBay was called AuctionWeb, and the first auction was to get a broken laser pointer. The buyer kept it for $ 14.83, and founder Pierre Omidyar stepped in to clarify to that buyer that the pointer had a defect. It turned out that he bought it because it was precisely a collector of damaged laser pointers.

Amazon: fluid concepts

Amazon Book

Okay, Amazon has a huge business with its Kindles and e-books, but the first book this international store sold is far from digital. It was in 1995, and the book is titled Fluid Concepts And Creative Analogies: Computer Models Of The Fundamental Mechanisms Of Thought. If this long and cryptic title interests you, know that the book still for sale for $ 19.29.

Wikipedia: UuU

Wikipedia Uuu

Not even Jimmy Wales knows which article was the first to be published on Wikipedia, the records that prove it no longer exist. But something that the founder of the world’s largest collaborative digital encyclopedia can tell us is the first edition, made by himself, to place a “Hello World” in the UuU article back in 2001. That article served in the first days to index all the articles that began with the letter U of Wikipedia, which at that time were only 3: United States, United Kingdom and Uruguay.

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