First Tweets From 51 of My SEO Heroes

Today is Twitter’s 8th Birthday. Happy Birthday, Twitter!

To celebrate, they launched #FirstTweet – a tool that lets you see your first Tweet ever. How awesome is that?!

In case you didn’t know, here’s the very first Tweet ever:

I don’t know if there is any way to prove this, but I bet SEO’s were one of the first groups to adopt Twitter, embrace it, and start pushing it to the masses (via introducing it to their clients, friends, family, etc…). Several well-known SEO’s jumped on board during SXSW 2007. I remember how Twitter really stole the show that year. By the time SES San Jose 2007 rolled around, Twitter was *THE* thing in the SEO community. Everyone was on it!

I thought it would be fun to look up the first Tweets of some of my favorite SEOs. I’m going to sort the Tweets chronologically (oldest to newest). It’s kinda like a time machine. I like time machines. Here we go!

Google Buzz: To Boldly Go Where Yahoo Has Already Been?

Google Buzz finally rolled out to my inbox. Here is the first notice I saw:

Welcome to Google Buzz + Gmail
Welcome to Google Buzz + Gmail

It’s kinda funny because Google Buzz ( comes to us about 2 years after Yahoo Buzz ( The part that I haven’t figured out yet is: What problem does this new Google feature solve? Was there really a need for another buzz-like feature on the web? I guess so. I think it’s part of Google’s move from a search company to a software company. More specifically, this is obviously a move to gain a bigger foothold in the ‘social scene’ (i.e. social media).

Anyways, I’ll partake in the Buzz because it’s in my best interest to look for opportunities in all things search. I recommend you get familiar with it, too.

Michael Jackson Death Sets Search Records on Yahoo

Yahoo’s Corporate Blog announced today that the passing of Michael Jackson led to some new records for Yahoo search (source). Without further ado, here are the main highlights of that post:

  • Yahoo’s front page story ‘Michael Jackson rushed to hospital” received 800,000 clicks within 10 minutes.
  • Yahoo’s news of his death received 560,000 clicks within 10 minutes.
  • The News area on the Yahoo homepage received 5 times the normal amount of traffic it usually gets
  • Yahoo News set a record with 16.4 million unique visitors (breaking the previous record of 15.1 million unique visitors on Election Day 2008)
  • 4 million people visited Yahoo between the hours of 3:00pm-4:00pm PST
  • Yahoo recorded 175 million page views for the day June 25th (placing 4th highest on the all-time behind Inauguration Day 2009, the day after Inauguration Day 2009, and Hurricane Ike)
  • In Yahoo Music, 21,000 people left comments on a blog post about Michael Jackson
  • On Flickr, 4,000 Michael Jackson-related pictures were uploaded

Also, according to, Michael Jackson’s death had a global impact on social media, specifically Twitter (source):

  • In total, at least 30% of Tweets are remarking upon the star’s tragic passing, and that’s likely an underestimate.
  • 22.61% of Tweets currently contain the phrase “Michael Jackson”.
  • 22.61% of Tweets currently contain the phrase “Michael Jackson”.
  • “MJ”, meanwhile, accounts for 9% of Tweets right now.

Granted, Michael Jackson was likely the most famous person in the world, but this event shows you the power of the internet and social media in regards to breaking news.