The legal profession’s first tweets

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By Alex Aldridge on

It’s easy to forget that today’s highly-accomplished legal Twitterati members were once callow social media debutantes — with a limit on how far back archived tweets could be searched facilitating the amnesia.

However, this limit has just been scrapped, and it’s now possible to find out people’s first ever tweets via a monitoring service called Topsy. Here are a collection of the legal profession’s awkward first Twitter forays…

Godfather of the legal blogosphere Charon QC gets thing underway back in 2008.

The lucidity of St John’s Chambers barrister and family law blogger Lucy Reed has improved greatly since then.

Sadly, that sperm-themed sketch never did propel legal academic John Flood into the comedy big time. Still, the reporting of its attempted creation made for one of the more interesting debut tweets.

Wait, here’s an original legal tweet that pre-dates Charon QC’s opening effort, from City University librarian and Lawbore founder Emily Allbon.

And an even older one from a sweetly baffled Legal Week.

This, from Twitter pioneer Inner Temple, is the first example of a British legal tweet that archaeologists could locate.

Fast forward to early 2009 and employment law media sensation and barrister Daniel Barnett has arrived upon the scene.

Hours later and he’s still struggling.

Tech lawyer Alex MacGillivray has a relatively late “aha” moment. Months after this debut tweet, MacGillivray joined Twitter as its general counsel.

Times law columnist Professor Gary Slapper steps beyond the paywall to join the 140 character fun. Four years on and Slapper has tweeted 11,723 more times.

The (real!) Institute of Legal Executives (now the real Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) becomes the first professional legal body to join Twitter.

A nervous Law Society follows.

By which point everyone was opening Twitter accounts and first tweets became rather routine.

To get your — or others’ — first tweets, go to Topsy, search “from:ADD NAME HERE”, sort the results by “oldest”, and then in the left hand column click “all time”.