In 2007 I created my Twitter account in an Internet cafe in Santiago, Chile because I read on some blog that it was a big deal at SXSW. I spent some time deliberating between the username
@ryangreenberg (which I use on a number of other services) and
@greenberg. Eventually I decided on
@greenberg because it seemed like being short was a big deal on Twitter. Just a few minutes ago I posted my 3,000th tweet on Twitter. Four years and a few thousand tweets later, not only am I still tweeting, but along the way I somehow ended up working for the company. What a ride.
Here’s a Harper’s Index-style look at my first 3,000 tweets:
And here are a few of my favorites.
My shortest tweet—four characters—is how I let friends and family know my then-girlfriend’s response when I asked her to marry me:
Yes.— Ryan Greenberg (@greenberg) May 23, 2009
And the next year when we tied the knot:
Hey @caitearly, I’m on campus. Let me know if you want to hang out or get married or whatever.— Ryan Greenberg (@greenberg) October 2, 2010
A couple graduations:
It’s official: the sister is a college graduate. Congratulations!— Ryan Greenberg (@greenberg) May 18, 2008
And starting work at Twitter:
I’m going to start tweeting like it’s my job. And I’m delighted that, as of today, it is. Hi @twitter!— Ryan Greenberg (@greenberg) June 14, 2010
I’m looking forward to the next kilotweet. If you are too, follow @greenberg over on Twitter.