Right here’s a enjoyable factor for a Friday: return and see what your Twitter timeline appeared like 10 years in the past.
Twitter has fairly highly effective search settings, however Andy Baio — of Kickstarter fame and extra — did the heavy-lifting for us all by sharing a hyperlink that permit’s you take a look at your timeline precisely a decade in the past, assuming you adopted the identical folks.
Try it here. (The search will work even if you happen to didn’t have an account 10 years in the past.)
The combination is eerily quiet, with far fewer retweets and likes than the present time — Twitter hadn’t but launched the ‘automated’ retweet, folks had been nonetheless doing it manually — and no nested replies or hyperlink previews, whereas there are ghosts of once-major social media companies, similar to TwitPic, TinyURL.
Definitely, it’s a enjoyable strategy to see how Twitter has morphed, each by way of options and the precise dialogue of customers. The latter, in my expertise at the least, appears extra pushed by standing update-style tweets than discussions or dialogue and there’s treasured little content material from media at the moment, too. Given how issues are immediately, with polarized opinions and armies of trolls, maybe the outdated days of Twitter did have their advantages.
You may, after all, tweak the settings to alter the date, language and extra to discover previous Twitter.
Take pleasure in — and possibly retweet a decade-old tweet or two whilst you’re there.