Some devilish genius dug back into the early days of Twitter from 2007 and uncovered the New York Times first ever tweet, which, as far as I can tell, is an actual thing that exists. I suppose I could do some research and figure out if this is just some sort of weird prank, but that sounds suspiciously like fuddy duddy old school reporting, the kind of thing that went out the window the instant this was posted:
“Word up!” It is I, the Gray Lady, with a “shoutout” to all my hip young friends. Just wanted you to know I’ve added new specialized feeds.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 21, 2007
I’m going to give whoever wrote the tweet the benefit of the doubt and assume they were in on the absurdity of the joke, but based on the speed and relevancy with which the paper of record typically reacts to culture in their trend pieces, maybe this was a sincere attempt to appeal to the kids?
Still, it was a lot better than the next week tweet from the Times social media at the time, who reportedly died on the way back to his home planet: “I have to go now. My planet needs me.”