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This is what your Twitter timeline would have looked like 10 years ago

Published May 25th, 2018 11:54AM EDT
Twitter timeline
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Have you ever wondered what your Twitter timeline would have looked like a decade ago if you were following all the same people then that you are now? Wonder no more, because Twitter’s robust search engine can make this dream a reality. All you have to do is click on this link and start scrolling down your time travel timeline.

The best part of this fun Easter egg is that it doesn’t matter if you actually had a Twitter account back in 2008. As long as you have one now and are following people who were using Twitter ten years ago, then the page will populate with tweets from the most recent day it can and then move backwards chronologically as you scroll.

This clever trick was first highlighted by Andy Baio of Kickstarter and fame earlier this week:

As Baio points out in subsequent tweets, mobile users may need to click on the “Latest” tab in order to see all of the tweets and not just the highlights. He also notes that you can change the date in the link to whatever you like to travel as far back as you want, be it last year, five years ago, or the day that Twitter went online.

You’ll quickly realize that Twitter was far tamer (and less interesting) ten years ago. That might have something to do with the current political climate, but early adopters were still coming to grips with the new social network and figuring out the best way to use it. Either way, it’s a fun trip down memory lane.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.