Twitter turns 8, launches new tool to instantly view your first ever tweet

Get the cake and balloons ready, social media lovers. Everybody's favourite little blue bird has just turned eight years old. That's right, we're talking about Twitter.

It's the eighth anniversary of the day Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey sent out the now-famous first tweet ever. "Just setting up my twttr," Dorsey posted on March 21, 2006.

Regardless of whether you joined Twitter in 2006, or more recently, the memory of your own first tweet has probably faded over time. But if you feel like taking a walk down memory lane, we have some good news.

To celebrate its eighth birthday, Twitter has released a new tool to help you easily surface your very first tweet — or anyone else's, for that matter. Just head over to the site and type in your @username to see the first missive you ever posted, back when you were still trying to figure out what the heck this thing called Twitter was actually good for.

After you find your own first tweet, you can creep on other people, and look up what they said when they first joined.

"In 2006, people began to say a little something on Twitter through 140-character bursts of plain text," Twitter's vice president of marketing and communications, Gabriel Stricker, wrote in a blog post.

"Eight years later, our users have transformed Twitter into place where you can discover new ideas, make real human connections and express yourself freely."

Meanwhile, on Twitter's fifth anniversary back in 2011, Dorsey shared some details about how the micro-blogging service got started. Dorsey famously drew the original idea for Twitter on a notepad around 2001 and dubbed it stat.us.

If you want a more comprehensive view of your Twitter activity, the micro-blogging site in 2012 added the option to download your entire Twitter archive.

Read more: We at ITProPortal look back on our #FirstTweet moments. Hilarity ensues.