Today, the social network, Twitter, has over 175 million registered users, but in March 2006, there was just one. Founder and original tweeter, Jack Dorsey was alone in the Twitter universe when he tweeted out the simplest of statements: Just setting up my twttr.
There was a time when watching videos online was a rarity. The Internet was exciting, sure, but nothing like the day YouTube was born. In 2005, Yakov Lapitsky recorded and uploaded a video of himself called “Me at the Zoo”. Despite the fact that literally nothing happens in the clip, it has been viewed over 10 million times since the birth of the video sharing site.
Mashable has been reporting on cultural trends since founder Peter Cashmore (now one of the world’s most eligible bachelors) posted an article about Machinima on July 27th, 2005. He was only 19 when he founded the social news site but when it came to that first post – what was Cashmore thinking? Machinima? Apparently, the trend of using video game engines to create movies never caught on.
Today, Buzzfeed is known for its viral cat videos and funny animal gifs, but in October 2006, Buzzfeed gained attention in a different sort of way. The first post to grace the site was titled “Waterboarding” and featured explicit details about the controversial form of torture before it was common knowledge.
Amazon revolutionized the concept of online shopping and it continues to rule the online retail market today. But back in July, 1995 when it was only books, Amazon first sold the paperback: Fluid Concepts And Creative Analogies: Computer Models Of The Fundamental Mechanisms Of Thought. Fascinating.
eBay provides users with a forum to buy and sell belongings at a virtual auction. The very first item up for sale: A broken laser pointer priced at $14.83 by the seller Pierre Omidyar. Probably not worth it…
TechCrunch is known as the go-to source for tech news in the blog world so it’s only fitting that the first post touched on tech news and blogging. TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington wrote a piece about Technorati in June 2005, describing it as one of the original and best real-time search engines.
Though not the first of the popular daily-deals’ sites, LivingSocial made a name for itself swiftly when it debuted in 2009. The company first promoted half off $50 to the well-liked DC restaurant, Zengo, and sold 54 vouchers.
When Zappos launched in 1999, it seemed like a shopaholic's dream. Shoes could be bought and returned with no shipping costs and customer service was a breeze. The first post on the website now flush with footwear and apparel was a pair of Bostonian shoes.
In 2005, editor Gina Trapini welcomed readers to the newly launched Lifehacker site. She acknowledged that the website was created to point out software, sites, tips, and tricks that help readers get things done, plain and simple. We think she achieved the goal.
TMZ, the site best known for scintillating celebrity news, first posted an exchange between TV personality Steve-O and two LAPD cops. At 2 am on November 4th, 2005, the controversial video hit the web.
Macon Phillips, the Dir. of New Media for the White House launched the whitehouse.gov site shortly after Barack Obama was sworn into office for his first term. Though it’s just a basic intro to the site, Phillips’ post illustrates the fresh approach Obama would bring to the oval office for the next 4+ years.
Before Quora became the database for all the world’s musings, there was just one simple question: Who are all of the Quora employees? Since that first post by Adam D’Angelo in 2009, the staff and the site have undergone significant shifts, and the question has since been deleted.
MySpace was one of the first social networks that offered people across the world a way to connect – particularly through music. Tom Anderson created the first post in August 2003, with a simple bio and a statement of his intent to make some new friends through the site.
Tech news site MacRumors leads the crowd when it comes to reporting on Mac-specific updates, but their first post back in February of 2000 was tinged with sadness. Arnold Kim reported: “arn writes ‘Sad news for the mac community is Don Crabb's death Don was an active Mac reporter and advocate. I knew of him best from his MacWeek articles/editorials.’”
The Chicago-based king of the coupon sites launched back in 2008 with a mouthwatering daily deal. Groupon offered a voucher for “Two pizzas for the price of one at Motel Bar in Chicago, IL” to hungry customers in the Windy City. 20 vouchers were purchased.
Reddit has become one of the world’s leading news sites while maintaining its nerdy, gamer charm. Seven years ago, author Kn0thing posted a link to The Downing Street Memo - a controversial overview of evidence from within the government that exposed the truth about how the Iraq war began.
GigaOM – a site at the intersection of business and tech – originated as a blog authored by Om Malik. In 2001, Malik “penned” his first post on Microsoft’s bold move to equip the Xbox with a broadband Ethernet connection. Funny to think that, at some point, it was a bold move.
Though SBnation is only four years old, it offers comprehensive coverage of all things sports. The first post on the site back in 2009 was added by Chris Mottram and featured a video of Brett Favre aggressively blocking safety Eugene Wilson.
If you’re looking for international tech news, business, and culture, TNW is the place to go. Back in June 2007, Boris V. posted a clip of an eloquent interview by Emerce that took place at the Next Web Conference 2007.
Prolific tech blogger, Peter Rojas, seemed a bit exasperated when he wrote Engadget’s first post back in 2004. He grumbles about the itty, bitty, and easy-to-lose flash memory card by Sandisk.
If you’ve ever wondered anything about the world, you’ve probably stumbled upon Yahoo Answers on the web. And in case you were curious, the first question was a good one. Captain Not-So-Obvious posted “Why are yawns contagious?” on September 25th, 2005. The answer is still TBD.
Google might currently be the king of the Internet, but it wasn’t until April 2004 that they launched their own blog. Jonathan Rosenberg wrote a list of guidelines for gaining control of your personal computer and maintaining standards in the industry.
When schoolgirl Martha Payne set out to write her controversial blog, NeverSeconds, detailing her daily cafeteria lunches, she came to a bit of a roadblock on the first day in 2012. Her camera failed to turn on. Cute post from a cute, and impressive, kid!
Popular tech blog ReadWrite reports on tech products, events, and news, so it’s no surprise that their first post in 2003 touched on the inevitable rise of content creation on the web. Author Richard MacManus sets the tone for the next decade of tech journalism on the site in this fiery first post.
When The Verge launched in 2011, they weren’t the first in the consumer tech field to write about innovative devices and design – but they did promise the kind of comprehensive coverage and real time reporting previously unmatched in tech journalism. Joshua Topolsky announces the site launch in his first post, discusses the future, and thanks those who helped their project come to fruition.
Gawker Spinoff, Jezebel, featured its first feminist-friendly post in May of 2007. Author Anna Holmes announced a $10K giveaway to anyone who could find the most unretouched cover photo from a women’s mag. Seems like the essence of Jezebel was there from the start…
Techdirt offers news, commentary, and discussion on high tech information. The first post was written by Mike Masnick, all the way back in 1997. He commented on the new system of computers at Berkeley that would seemingly lead to supercomputers in the future.
Consumerist is the blog where the truth comes out and “shoppers bite back”. The first article, posted in November, 2005 mocked Mars’ CocoaVia: Life By Chocolate campaign, which tried to convince consumers that eating specially packaged chocolate bars could be “heart smart”.
Since the blog’s inception in 2004, Joystiq has stuck exclusively to blogging about video games. And the Internet. Peter Rojas wrote post #1 nine years ago about the industry dirt on the Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable.
Search Engine Land cut right to the chase when they launched the site back in 2006. Danny Sullivan announced in the first post that “Search Engine Land is a new search news blog launching December 11, 2006.” Way to be direct, Danny.
First established as a magazine and eventually morphing into a group blog, Boing Boing features tech and cultural happenings from around the web. Mark Frauenfelder wrote a brief post in January 2000 highlighting a street tech review site for gadget lovers.
Local food deals site, Scoutmob, rolled out slowly across the country targeting urban hotspots like Atlanta, DC, and Nashville. The first deal on the site was for Murphy’s Virginia-Highland restaurant in Atlanta, GA – posted on January 13th 2010. A customer favorite? The lobster cobb salad.
Tech site Cult of Mac started off with a bang. On February 14th, 2005, director Kevin Smith responded to a Wired news story that claimed he looked pissed off while waiting in line for the genius bar at an Apple store. He denied the rumor and defended his character with an f-bomb for emphasis.
When the PostSecret blog launched in February 2005, founder Frank Warren saw a surprising number of anonymous postcards come through his mailbox. Within two years, he had received more than 2,500 cards. The first to be displayed on the Blogger site said simply: I want to be an artist…
Before everyone and their mother had a blog, LiveJournal was THE online forum for detailing your innermost thoughts and sharing them with the world at your discretion. In March 1999, Brad Fitzpatrick wrote the first blog post stating: “this is a test.”
In 2004, before Rand Fishkin became one of the most well known names in SEO, he founded and contributed to SEOmoz – a site devoted entirely to SEO strategy and discussion. His first post highlighted a tool that was able to conduct an analysis of links displayed in Google via an advanced command. It could have been worse… lucky for him his blog legacy isn’t based on link directories.
Today, Flickr is home to billions of photos and users continue to upload images by the minute, but before Flickr experienced the now typical million uploads per day, there was just one lone test image that graced the site.
Laughing Squid is so much more than just a blog, and the founder prides himself on the multi-faceted aspects of his business. When Scott Beale launched this digital dynamo in San Francisco in 2003, he first posted an image of a flyer for a local benefit at the somARTS cultural center.