Twitter Wants Everyone to Reminisce About Their First Tweet

Everyone is fascinated by Twitter’s new FirstTweet tool, and who am I to buck the trend? In fact, I was genuinely curious to find out what my first tweet was. It turned out to be this:

Huh. I guess Kirkuk must have been in the news on that day. So what’s the answer? What did happen to Kirkuk? Nothing much, apparently. It’s still controlled by the Kurds; it hasn’t seceded from Iraq; but it remains fairly autonomous from the central government. The most recent news, however, has been bad: two days ago a suicide bomber killed 30 people, and sabotage has shut down an oil pipeline into Turkey. In other words, it looks like Option B turned out to be the correct one.


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