Remember when you first joined Twitter and were all like, "Is this thing on?" and probably used way too many hashtags and wrote things you wouldn't want your boss to see today and then abandoned the platform in a huff for about 7 months until you realized it was here to stay? Same.
Today, Twitter turns 10 (*take brief break to reflect on the glory that was your tenth birthday party and all that cake*) and to celebrate, we thought it would be self-loathing fun to look back on what our favorite celebs were like when they first joined the platform. I mean, Justin Bieber was only 15 when he graced the world with his Original Tweet, which can only mean pure gold is waiting to be uncovered in the annals of @justinbieber.
1. Emma Watson (opens in new tab)
Supreme feminist Emma Watson (opens in new tab) joined Twitter in 2010 with a warning to fans that she didn't plan to tweet often:
Hi everyone, this is the real me! I won't be able to tweet often but I just wanted to say hello. Have a great summer, love Emma xJuly 16, 2010
She couldn't have predicted that in just four short years, she would have started a massive movement *on* Twitter: #HeForShe (opens in new tab).
2. Miley Cyrus (opens in new tab)
Bless her heart, Cyrus circa 2011 thought she'd be using the platform only to promote her Gypsy Heart Tour for the Can't Be Tamed album.
Welcome to the official Miley Cyrus "Gypsy Heart Tour" twitter page!!!March 30, 2011
And while she does still tweet about her music (er, kinda?)...
#BBTalk premieres fridayyyyyyy night at 7/6c on @MTV 🍼🍼🍼 pic.twitter.com/A0yARjCMaGDecember 10, 2015
Cyrus now devotes a lot of Twitter real estate to raising awareness about causes that matter to her, like equality and LGBT issues:
Thank yiew Tim Cook & Apple for standing up for equality! Thank you for keeping this country moving forward and evolving!March 30, 2015
❤️ the part of Bruce special educating people on trans terms.This is a new world so we all have new things to learn 💖 never be embarrassed!April 25, 2015
3. Kim Kardashian (opens in new tab)
When Kardashian joined Twitter in '09, she was dating Reggie Bush (opens in new tab) and wondering if she was too old to bling out her Blackberry (please take a minute to appreciate the reign of the Blackberry):
I am 29, am I too old to bling out my phone? I just got the new tmobile Blackberry Bold phone & I want to bling it out so badlyDecember 4, 2009
She also used Twitter for grassroots activism:
I'm in New Orleans & I can't believe they have a drive through Starbucks! Why don't they have this in LA?November 24, 2009
Now, Kardashian's tweets make headlines—see here (opens in new tab) and here (opens in new tab) and oh, here (opens in new tab). Fun fact: when Kardashian posted this poll, it drew in twice as many voters than the 2016 Iowa GOP caucus.
WAIT new poll. Which album title do you like best? @kanyewestFebruary 1, 2016
We're just gonna leave you with that.
4. Justin Bieber (opens in new tab)
Little Biebs was only 15 when he joined Twitter in 2009 and had released this magical song:
(That would be "One Time" for all you Bieber neophytes.) Five years later, Bieber took to Twitter to break his silence after his DUI arrest.
YOU ARE ALL WORTHY NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAYS >> BE STRONG GOD IS WITH US ALL> MY BELIEBERS CHANGED MY LIFE> I WILL FOREVER BE GRATEFULJanuary 24, 2014
Today, Bieber is the second-most-followed person on Twitter with 77.1 million followers.
5. Britney Spears (opens in new tab)
Spears joined Twitter in 2008—the same year she lost custody of her two children and was placed under a conservatorship by her father. Now, she's back in control of her life and her Twitter account, filling up our feed with cute pics of her kids and casual photos with HRC:
Sleepy Sunday night beautiful world pic.twitter.com/Fm2jnTAzh6March 7, 2016
Being in Vegas for #PieceOfMe is amazing for so many reasons... Especially when you get to meet @HillaryClinton! pic.twitter.com/OMEIKYpLecFebruary 19, 2016
6. Chrissy Teigen (opens in new tab)
This is Teigen's first tweet way back in 2009. Let's take a moment to bask in its glory:
If you know anything about anyone, you know that now Chrissy is the Queen of Twitter—a title she earned by being riotously funny, relatable, and real:
7. Demi Lovato (opens in new tab)
When Lovato first joined Twitter, her Disney show Sonny with a Chance had just premiered and she was wrapping up high school:
procrastinating in school listening to interested - House Of Fools. only a few more weeks left till i'm done for GOOD!!!February 17, 2009
Feel weird and old? Roger that. Nowadays, Lovato is a fan favorite because of her empowering and supportive tweets:
Happy #NMM... Send me your gorgeous #NoMakeupMonday pictures! 💗 @devonnebydemi pic.twitter.com/sqdPootqQkJanuary 25, 2016
@TheFangirlStyle Don't workout to lose weight. Workout bc your body deserves to feel great!!March 9, 2016
8. Taylor Swift (opens in new tab)
When T-Swift sent her first Tweet in 2009, wifi on planes was a novelty (!!) and she was sending her very first International tweet:
It'd be hard to *not* know what Swift is up to these days, but thankfully there's a photo album on Twitter of her recent vacay (opens in new tab) just in case:
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