11 Signs You Are An Old School Twitter User

Although I wasn’t at the infamous SXSW that saw the start of the whole mob, nor did I see Jack’s first tweet, I’ve been around long enough to feel like the old man in the Twitter neighborhood.  I know many of you feel the same way.  So here, submitted for your approval, is my list of how you know you’ve been around the digital neighborhood for a while.

You know you’re an old-school Twitter user if…

  1. You still type “” in your browser to get to the Twitter Search page
  2. You’ve felt ecstatic about Twitter being down less than half the day
  3. You had to explain what a “tweet” was…at least 3 times a day
  4. You remember when Kevin Rose had the most followers on Twitter, and you couldn’t believe that anybody could have over 30,000!
  5. You know that the first big follower race was not between Ashton Kutcher and CNN, but Kevin Rose and Barack Obama!
  6. You used to use the “TRACK” feature with Twitter via SMS to find out who mentioned you
  7. You remember the nightly news when they used an anchor’s title, not their Twitter name
  8. You referred to somebody in terms of Milliscobles
  9. You happen to know that the original Twitter bird was stock art (seen below), and Twitter paid less than the price of a pizza to acquire it
  10. When you heard the news that Oprah was going to talk about Twitter,you just knew that the service had jumped the shark
  11. You remember the day you heard the Twitter whale art was named “Failwhale

I could go on and on…but those are the first 10 that come to mind.  What would you add? Leave a comment, or ping me on Twitter with your sweetest old school Twitter memory.

By Matt Singley

Personal: husband to Alison, father to four amazing kids. I used to live a fast but enjoyable life in Los Angeles, now I have chickens on acreage in Charlotte, North Carolina. Just a bit different. I'm an advocate for cycling as much as you can and eating as cleanly as you can afford. Professional: I'm the CEO of Singley + Mackie, a creative digital agency that serves well-known lifestyle and entertainment companies around the world. Clients include Microsoft, Samsung, Hulu, YP and others. If you want to find the more-professional me, go to