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This tool lets you find the first-ever tweets about Obama, Taylor Swift, and anything else

Twitter has been around since 2006 — long enough that the first tweets about anything (or anyone) can be revealing, interesting, or just weird. Who Tweeted It First lets you look up the very first time that any word or phrase was used on Twitter.

So now we know the first tweet about Barack Obama was about a speech he gave in Miami in 2006:

The first tweet about George W. Bush was really about Jon Stewart:

The first tweet about Taylor Swift now seems like it comes from another universe:

Uber was still just an adjective:

And the iPhone didn't exist:

You can find the first tweets about whatever you want at Who Tweeted It First. (Hat tip to the Wall Street Journal's Sarah Marshall.)

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