@knoxnews has been on Twitter for 7 years

It was an inauspicious start with the following first Tweet on March 12, 2007.

First Tweet from the @knoxnews account.  March 12, 2007.

First Tweet from the @knoxnews account. March 12, 2007.

But we were early to the Twitter party.

Twitter had just been founded on March 6, 2006 (the year before), but didn’t burst on the scene until about this time in 2007 at the South by Southwest conference in Austin.

“The Twitter people cleverly placed two 60-inch plasma screens in the conference hallways, exclusively streaming Twitter messages,” remarked Newsweek’s Steven Levy. “Hundreds of conference-goers kept tabs on each other via constant twitters. Panelists and speakers mentioned the service, and the bloggers in attendance touted it.”

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