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The first tweets of top wine experts

April 20, 2014
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Red wine and wine notesDoes the word tweet make you a) listen intently for the sound of birdsong? b) run for cover – what is all that hashtag nonsense anyway? c) realise you haven’t checked your twitter feed for the last five minutes and break out in a cold sweat?

For those of us in the third category it’s often hard to remember how alien it all was when we dipped our toe in the ‘twittersphere’. Little did I know, when I sent my first tweet, that I would forge real friendships around the world, meet people in real life via Twitter which has led to amazing opportunities in business and leisure, and have the most cutting edge information, on topics I hold dear, at my fingertips.

One thing is certain, 140 characters is awfully revealing. The brevity of the message seems to intensify the message. While people may try to portray a certain face to the world, the real person seeps through. You can now find the first tweet of any user and I was interested to see what some people in wine had to say for their first message. It’s very enlightening:

Firstly, the revered Jancis Robinson who is as eloquent and understated as always:

One of my favourite ‘down to earth’ writers gets straight into the wine with an unpretentious food match.

Given the stratospheric heights that Joe Roberts has attained and his absolutely brilliant wine reviews on Twitter (read some here), this is touchingly candid…

Tim Atkin muscles straight in with self-promotion (breaking Twitter golden rule number one)…

But this is nothing on Jay McInerney’s…

Back to more down to earth yet informative stuff with Wine Scribbler

Jounalist, serial blogger and tweeter Fiona Beckett is surprisingly reticent…

And the Drunken Cyclist confesses to something that everyone else does but noone admits to…

If you want to find out your first tweet (or anyone else’s) visit here

This post was a bit outside my usual topic – would appreciate knowing whether you liked it or hated it.  Should I dig out some first tweets of some top foodies? What do you think?

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36 Comments
  1. April 20, 2014 2:20 pm

    Well, thanks to this post, I discovered both my first tweet AND Jancis Robinson’s twitter feed! Cheers Sal. :)

    • April 28, 2014 8:07 am

      Always worth following Jancis :)

  2. April 20, 2014 3:45 pm

    I can’t remember what my first tweet was :)

  3. April 20, 2014 6:00 pm

    Mine was “I’m figuring out how to use Twitter – and gobbling Guylian chocolates” – sounds about right, but so tame by my own standards…lol :) Good to have an off-topic blog post every now and then Sally!

  4. April 20, 2014 6:24 pm

    Ha! Love it!

  5. April 20, 2014 6:34 pm

    I don’t know what has me more stunned: that you consider me a “top wine expert” or that you got Joe to write a comment!

    • April 20, 2014 6:37 pm

      If I could ‘favourite’ your comment I would. :)

  6. April 20, 2014 8:56 pm

    I don’t/can’t rememeber what my first tweet was. It was so long ago…

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  7. April 20, 2014 9:37 pm

    Sally I LOVE this post – what a fun idea for a series maybe?

    • April 21, 2014 9:01 am

      So glad Mardi. I nearly didn’t publish it. Brain ticking now….

  8. April 21, 2014 5:14 am

    @Mardi I agree. Twitter finds Tuesday or something.

    Ive been recently thinking about maybe joining Twitter, then received an email stating my 5th twitter anniversary?
    Watch this space for a saurus tweet!

    • April 21, 2014 9:00 am

      Twittersaurus? Twitter has truly opened up my world in so many ways. 140 characters reveal a lot.

  9. April 21, 2014 9:28 am

    I’m off to read my first tweet!

  10. April 21, 2014 10:50 am

    Oh goodness, a few folks were playing with this tool on twitter a couple of weeks ago. There was MUCH hilarity at my first tweet… take a look and you’ll see why!

    (A friend had insisted twitter was for me and convinced me to join, and give it a chance for a few weeks, until I was due to catch up with him in person in Germany. If I didn’t like it by then, he said, I could give up and delete my account!)

    An interesting post on the first tweets of a themed group of people, though I’m not sure I’d find as much as interest in seeing an enormous series… perhaps some famous foodies might be fun!!

  11. April 21, 2014 6:04 pm

    I’m in group B but I did enjoy the post 😊

  12. April 22, 2014 9:05 am

    Such a cute idea for a post… I remember that I was officially on Twitter but never ever used it until one Friday in March 2012, a tweet handle named @mycustardpie tweeted ‘@ishitaunblogged… someone new to follow’. It did take a while even to realise that the handle belonged to one of the bloggers who I have been reading up much before I started blogging. True, Twitter has brought so many people I admire into my virtual world.

  13. April 22, 2014 11:22 am

    Along with your iphone post, these two are my favourites :) My first tweet is unsurprisingly work related and to the point. I found Twitter so compelling and useful when I first joined but I think Instagram has taken over as a more popular SM tool food and restaurant-wise in particular across the UAE.

    • April 28, 2014 8:09 am

      Yes – agree that instagram is a compelling tool, so visual and multi-lingual. Twitter still good for reaching influencers. Really appreciate your feedback – you’ve made me consider my subject matter!

  14. April 22, 2014 3:26 pm

    Mine was: “Coy on business trip. V dreamland. Momi learning to tweet” :) fun post Sally!

    • April 28, 2014 8:05 am

      Good first tweet Abigail. Thanks for sharing :)

  15. glamorous glutton permalink
    April 22, 2014 3:47 pm

    I loved this and of course, I checked out my first tweet. First foodie tweets would be great to see. GG

  16. April 25, 2014 12:29 am

    I liked reading this post! Unusual or of topic can make things more interesting. Maybe another of the more interesting / quirky foodies?

    • April 28, 2014 8:04 am

      Which ones though *thinking cap on*

  17. Dima Sharif permalink
    April 29, 2014 9:11 am

    haha! I finally got the chance to catch up on reading your blog! and all of sudden am spamming it with comments lol! This is really cool! And agreed so telling ;) very smart one Sally, let me go check some first tweets and see what I can find :))) love it!

  18. May 26, 2014 3:19 pm

    Whata great, entertaining post, Sally! :-D

  19. June 9, 2014 9:12 pm

    Mine was “So many of our clients had to cancel due to Volcano ash! We hope they make it soon!” That was during the Icelandic volcano eruptions.

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