My first tweet from @ariherzog was on September 30, 2009 but I can’t link to it because it’s not there. It’s probably accessible in the Wayback Machine or from archived search engine crawls — but it’s erased from Twitter’s servers.
(I initially joined Twitter on April 5, 2007 but I can’t link to that either because that account was deleted in 2009.)
During my early years of tweeting, I was self-employed in digital marketing and I used the platform to market my services in social media and related topics. Over time, I created curriculum on the business benefits of using Twitter for college classes and corporate workshops. I tweeted a lot for myself and on behalf of my clients and students.
I’m a different space now. I closed my business a few years ago and I recently shifted into elementary and secondary education. I still tweet but for different reasons. In addition, I was receiving frequent notifications of trolls discovering old (and now irrelevant) content and sharing it.
Last weekend, I used a free service called TweetDelete to delete anything older than six months. There is a limit to how many tweets can be deleted at once, so it took many attempts over a day and a half until they were gone.
And then — I looked at my total number of tweets. I deleted over 52,000 tweets!
I feel a little sad that I won’t easily be able to find the old stuff but I don’t miss them. They don’t define me anymore.
These days, I tweet about the coronavirus, education, and current events. I neither follow nor care about social media marketing content that reflected the majority of my Twitter archive. I prefer to be perceived by what I tweet about today, not what I tweeted a decade ago.