Andy Carvin’s first tweet was about his daughter, but Islam soon followed

Andy Carvin
NPR Senior Strategist Andy Carvin now has a download of all 95,000 tweets, give or take a couple thousand, he’s sent going back to February 2007. He says he “asked Twitter very nicely, so we could study my Arab Spring tweets.” Carvin says NPR is working on putting the tweets into a database and then “fun with visualizations!” They also hope to make the archive available (right now it’s just a spreadsheet).

Though Carvin has become widely recognized for modeling how journalists can use Twitter to report and publish breaking news, his first tweet is the “what I’m eating for breakfast” variety that Twitter critics cite in the same way some people talk about pajama-clad bloggers. Behold: “Watching Kayleigh play in her Exersaucer while Susanne rips up some pita for the hummus.” During his second day of tweeting, he was “prophetic,” as he was thumbing through a book about how conflicts within Islam will shape the future. Within a few weeks he was thinking about how the service could be used for more important purposes, tweeting a link to a blog post about how emergency responders could use Twitter via texting. He first live-tweeted breaking news on Dec. 27, 2007, reporting that Benazir Bhutto had been assassinated. || Earlier: Carvin tweets 1,200 times over weekend as rebel forces overtake Tripoli | Carvin describes how he keeps his sanity | Craig Silverman breaks down Carvin’s real-time journalism || Related: How to verify news accounts posted on social media | Social media editors fight misinformation as they chronicle breaking news


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