Flashback Friday: Twitter Celebrates 8th Birthday With #FirstTweet

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    The ubiquitous microblogging site turns 8 years old on Friday.

    San Francisco-based Twitter is celebrating its 8th birthday with a #flashbackfriday trick that lets tweeps see their first post on the microblogging site.

    Twitter set up a website, First-Tweets.com, to allow its estimated 214 million users to look back at their first 140 characters.

    The move has users around the world reminiscing about their foray on Twitter. Since its start as a quirky messaging tool, the platform has taken off as a promotional outlet for news agencies, police, politicians and celebrities.

    In a blog post, Twitter shared what former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Twitter founder founder Jack Dorsey tweeted as novice users. Dorsey wrote: "just setting up my twttr." One of the more popular first tweets comes from Russian President Vladmir Putin, who congratulated president-elect Barack Obama on Nov. 7, 2012.

    Check out your first post and have a look a few notable #firsttweets: