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The First 500 Twitter Accounts: Meet the 102 Ur-Tweeters

Who were the first 500 Twitter users?  And why would you care?

We’re not sure we can answer the second question, but we ran a quick little script to answer the first one.

  • The first 500 Twitter User IDs were generated between Tuesday, March 21, 2006 and Wednesday, July 12, 2006.   (Note that 4 years later, Twitter is generating about 15 million new accounts per month.)
  • These 500 IDs yield a total of 282 actual accounts.  The 218 missing accounts no longer exist – we assume that a lot of them might have been Twitter engineering test accounts.
  • Of the remaining 282 accounts, 102 are active accounts, which means their last tweet was sent sometime in 2010.
  • The most prolific is Twitter Support @crystal, which has generated 9,924 status updates, closely followed by Dave Gray @davegray, with 9,297.  In third place:  Dennis Crowley, @dens (Twitter ID 418), with 8,870 status updates.  (All stats as of Nov 14, 2010 at about noon Eastern.)

The TWTRCON List of  102 Ur-Tweeters

User ID Screen Name Name Description Statuses Count Followers
12 jack Jack Dorsey Creator, Co-founder and Chairman of Twitter; CEO of Square. 8,856 1,596,924
13 biz Biz Stone Co-founder of Twitter, Inc. 4,198 1,648,013
14 noah noah glass i started this 1,173 9,069
15 crystal crystal Twitter Support 9,924 17,253
16 jeremy Jeremy Lacking pretense isn’t always helpful in life. 3,687 2,309
17 tonystubblebine Tony Stubblebine Founder of CrowdVine. Interested in events, smallbiz, social software. 2,501 7,425
18 Adam Adam Rugel Trazzler, Reston, Syracuse University, Sandwich 2,941 7,808
20 ev Evan Williams Farm boy from Nebraska. Husband and father. Co-founder of Twitter. 5,885 1,263,743
21 dom Dom Sagolla Helped create @Twitter. Author of @thebook 140 Characters, founder @DollarApp, co-founder @iOSDevCamp, original @Square merchant. @MediaLab @HGSE & @Swarthmore. 3,841 14,843
22 rabble rabble anarchist, ruby hacker, trouble maker 7,672 5,167
23 timroberts Tim Roberts CEO at Infectious. 585 3,520
24 meredith meredith 404 1,276
31 rayreadyray rayreadyray 1,974 3,329
34 ariel ariel 170 3,281
41 drx drx Nothing excels in every environment 1,020 568
47 kellan kellan technological solutions for social problems. (if you follow me, consider introducing yourself with @kellan message) 4,925 4,386
52 hook Hook I like Irish Pubs Pubs.  I work in Financial Services and ride Harley’s.  Snowboarding is fun (but I need to get better). 827 2,315
53 sara sara 1,916 24,885
56 kati Kati I’m the 20th person on twitter, and I’m damn proud. 1,802 1,117
57 SarahM Sarah Milstein Co-chair of Web2Expo + co-author of http://bit.ly/TheTwitterBook. Also: a fan of vegetables. sarah.milstein@gmail.com 7,993 11,370
58 Darkside Daniel T I speak words! 3,128 3,451
59 Tim535353 Tim Dorsey Marcia’s husband, Jack Dorsey Dan Dorsey Andrew Dorsey Me’s dad,  Mary and Addie PAPA, Natasha FIL, mass spectrometer 1,152 2,340
60 andrew Andrew Dorsey Jack Dorseys lil brother 883 2,441
61 dan Dan I’ve got an opinion for every occasion. 4,432 3,026
62 gregkidd Greg Kidd 3taps Founder, Twitter Angel Investor, Square Adviser.  Aspiring MTB rider, gardener, poker player, father. 605 2,208
64 livia Livia wildlife rehabber, married to @biz 1,573 4,527
66 dunstan Dunstan Orchard Ruining Flickr for you since 2006. 4,695 6,385
67 andykeep Andy Keep CS Ph.D. Student in PL 1,255 1,582
87 krissy Krissy Bush and so it is 2,327 301,412
89 al Allison Williams 2,452 3,811
94 alissa Alissa bipedal humanoid. 1,945 5,590
102 dave Dave 51 1,207
104 RobMcCarthy Rob McCarthy 130 1,110
107 pud Philip Kaplan Maker of websites. Blippy, AdBrite, FC, Mobog, BritePic, Tweetname, HitMeLater, TinyLetter, Fast140, QuickRot, more. Author &  drummer. 3,689 16,632
108 ilona ilona no sir, away, a papaya war is on! 944 3,101
126 brandooon Brandooon 360 1,872
136 meikel Meikel Designing photo interfaces 509 841
141 michaelepstein Michael Epstein long walks on the beach…captured for mobile media documentaries 19 930
150 stevej Steve Jenson Programming ascetic, neckbeard emeritus. Complainer/Fixer at Twitter. 5,713 7,663
155 craigcalef Craig Calef I will find a way; or I will make one. Twitter Operations Engineer. The views here are strictly my own and do not reflect the views of Twitter, Inc. 4,758 2,206
187 thatstacy Stacy Jenson Do you hear that whistle wail? 1,769 2,266
188 aarong Aaron G 173 918
189 maestorm Tom never ending student 158 927
190 jaylaney Jay Laney Making manic savoir-faire seem almost effortless. 2,113 1,403
194 jennycool jennycool anthropologist, filmmaker, online communitarian, intelligent savage 2,972 1,749
200 dalbirsingh Dalbir Singh 5 837
202 russ Russ Maybe I should write a new bio 356 929
203 smays Steve Mays Business, Tech, Writing, Sales/Marketing/BizDev, Raising Money, Media specific weird stuff. Bam! 663 892
204 texasex2k texasex2k 76 749
209 phil Phil 388 1,135
220 batchku Ali Momeni 137 880
221 h0mee Da Mystik Homeboy 94 824
222 Nic Nic Werner Mobile product manager by day, wine-lover at night. 2,566 1,022
224 davepell Dave Pell TweetageWasteland: An addicted insider’s account of life in the era of the realtime, social web. Angel investor, addictomatic founder, etc. 1,103 2,564
242 victor Victor Quality of Life! Living in San Diego, enjoying time with friends and family, live life to the fullest! 307 1,406
246 blaine Blaine Cook 4,066 8,039
257 rael Rael Dornfest Superhuman ability to see through glass, gauze, and a cunning ruse. 6,445 9,334
259 ian Ian McKellar nerd. 3,652 2,591
260 sharon Sharon librarian nerd 4,333 1,728
265 leah leah I like to think about what the world would be like if squirrels could talk. 1,556 753
266 japhy Bill Klemm staying home to be a dad. going out to be a student. 2,504 1,027
274 danarkind Dan Arkind Startup enthusiast. Founder of JobScore.com. Blog at HireHacks.com 111 1,819
277 casey casey just casey 1,314 1,388
278 dreamdawl19 natty 21 832
279 Angela Angela 130 1,086
280 glen Glen 294 677
288 solsken Lars 246 3,274
291 goldman Jason Goldman Flipped my wig at age 22 and it never grew back. Also: I’m VP Product at Twitter. 5,240 1,396,124
292 cw Chris Wetherell Working at AOL as head of AIM products. Was co-founder of Thing Labs. Started Brizzly.com. Started Google Reader. 1,415 8,902
293 mai Mai Le trời sẽ tốt. 1,129 4,232
294 ario Ario Jafarzadeh Texan/Seattleite, transplanted to Zürich, music fiend, 8bit enthusiast, user experience designer on Gmail, sushi explorer 4,182 2,164
295 joshk Josh Kopelman VC.  Father.  Geek 1,175 16,674
307 jenni Jenni 152 966
314 ethan ethan 2,016 552
322 twang Ted Wang Twitter’s Outside Lawyer 1,021 2,427
334 eggplantia5 Lisa F. Cho so spazzy. 426 117
338 konstantin Konstantin Quackster extraordinaire, munster oblivioso, nomkey ho. 388 676
344 Bob Bob Johnston Twitter IT admin, consummate rascal, Internet ninja. 678 4,955
346 jo jo a giant asian scooby doo. 8,477 843
350 oof oof I tend to like things 1,213 1,915
357 wubbahed wubbahed tech, mobile, knitting, sausage, food, Ratio, Brooklyn, stuff that strikes me as interesting at that moment 829 765
364 graysky Mike Champion Hacker with more interests than time.

VP Engineering at @oneforty

6,587 1,795
365 Gary Gary Elliott 540 991
380 kevin Kevin S. ceo & cofounder at instagram 886 2,874
388 aron Aron H. meep meep 558 860
398 Quinn Quinn 877 655
407 asa asa bass I’m a badass and you’d want to know me if you don’t already. 2,160 734
408 endquote Josh Santangelo Never satisfied with the state of things, but working on it. 1,212 429
409 Case Eric Case I work @Rdio. 2,237 1,559
414 veen Jeffrey Veen Founder and father 1,010 14,910
418 dens Dennis Crowley I like snowboards, foursquare and unemployment. 8,870 21,607
422 shellen Jason Shellen Head of AIM Products at AOL. Formerly, of Thing Labs (Brizzly), Pyra Labs (Blogger) & Google. Married to @ashellen (since ’98!) & father of two little dudes. 3,903 11,265
423 SaraWD Sara 1,020 895
424 katalia Katie Walton Former publishing maven. Digital content junkie. Word nerd. Geek. Food, whisky, & wine-lover. Avid home cook. Ex-New Yorker. Married to D. Diamonds 1,510 104
430 Richard Richard Mobile user experience designer based in Silicon Valley. 278 828
432 cb Chris Baum Is not, and thankfully will never be, Chris Brown. Don’t take the blocking personally. 1,173 1,658
443 atvelu ThirumalaiVelu 406 487
448 Maggie Maggie Mason Publisher of Mighty Girl, co-founder Mighty Events. http://about.me/maggie 1,660 21,004
450 LoriLoo Lori McLeese 347 1,652
455 RamAlagianambi Ram Alagianambi http://www.google.com/profiles/118047942097142347216 95 432
456 davegray Dave Gray XPLANE Founder and partner in the Dachis Group. Author of Gamestorming, published by O’Reilly Media: http://gogamestorm.com 9,297 6,769
460 andr01d andr01d Fok’n Vector Ninja 50 448

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