Eight years of top business brands on twitter and their first tweets
Eight years of top
business brands on
Twitter and their First
Twitter is celebrating its 8th birthday. It seems strange that a platform so
fundamental to marketing departments across the world was launched less than
a decade ago.
To celebrate, Twitter has created the #firsttweet tool - taking users down
memory lane and giving us a chance to see the first piece of wisdom we shared
with the world.
Apart from amusing ourselves with colleagues' nervous first words on the social
network, we thought we would put the tool to good use and check out some of
the first missives from some of the top B2B brands in the world.
When did they set up on Twitter? What was their first Tweet? And how many
followers do they have today?
Here, in chronological order, is how it all happened.
Which businesses were early adopters on Twitter?
And what were they saying 8 years ago?
Date set up: 7th Feb 2008
Current number of followers: 154K
Date set up: 4th March 2008
Current number of followers: 3.4K
BT Global Services
Date set up: 29th May 2008
Date set up: 21st Jun 2008
Date set up: 22nd October 2008
Date set up: 31st Oct 2008
Date set up: 26 Feb 2009
Date set up: 20th May 2009
Date set up: 23rd June 2009
Vodafone Global Enterprise
Date set up: 21st September 2009
Microsoft Business UK
Date set up: 26th September 2009
Date set up: 29th Jan 2010
Talk Talk Business
Date set up: 6th April 2010
Date set up: 19th May 2010
Date set up: 2nd November 2010
Date set up: 18th April 2011
Date set up: 19th May 2011
Date set up: 3rd June 2011
HSBC UK Business
Date set up: 12 Dec 2012
● It took 2 years (not too surprising) for big business brands to hop onto the
● Even brands who were early adopters like BT have struggled to build a mass
● Cisco took to Twitter like a duck to water - and still leads the way in b2b social
media best practice
● Google knew from day 1 that twitter was a way to express your brand (Deloitte
took a bit longer)
● It's never too late - O2 business were late adopters but have built a large
So what did we learn?