A Twitter blast from the past for politicians

EWN takes a look at what local and international politicians said during their Twitter debuts.

In celebration of its eighth birthday, Twitter has launched a tool that takes its users back to their first tweets.

JOHANNESBURG - To celebrate its eighth birthday, Twitter has launched first-tweets.com, a website that enables users to search their own account or those of others to find their first tweet.

Below are some of the first tweets by local and international politicians as they introduced themselves on the social media platform for the very first time.

is wishing she weren't such a slave to the whims of technology.

Democracy is flourishing in South Africa, thanks to the active participation of all citizens. It's wonderful. Vote 18 May!

Counter-revolutionaries are now taking shots at me. Moloto was humiliated once; now he wants me to demolish him completely

I'm starting Conference with this new Twitter feed about my role as Conservative Leader. I promise there won't be "too many tweets..."

Congratulations to US President-elect Barack Obama

http://t.co/wi0upVQB

Youth unemployment is a global fear for our young people,with 210m unemployed;unjust order!

At #constitutionhill- finally! Thank you for being patient - very exciting times ahead for #southafrica. @agangsa

Greetings to the twitter community.From now I'll be twitting both privately and officially. This account will include lighthearted comments

This is the official ANC information feed on Twitter. Follow us for updates on ANC news and events and links to related online content

Just launched my blog for social change www.thejustcause.org - very excited about this initiative.

I'm on Twitter, follow me!

Thinking we're only one signature away from ending the war in Iraq.

Learn more at http://www.barackobama.com