What started out as a daylong brainstorming idea of Jack Dorsey (@Jack), Evan Williams (@Ev), and Biz Stone (@Biz) for a site inspired by SMS (short message service) has become one of the most successful social media platforms preferred by people, celebrities, and companies for sharing their thoughts and ideas in a short and concise manner in real time. Twitter even evolved internally, upgrading the former 140 character limit to 280.
In line with Twitter’s 12th birthday, we look back at the first tweets and first covers of some of Speed Magazine’s cover girls.
Anne Curtis-Smith (@annecurtissmith)
The new Mrs. Erwan Heussaff graced the cover of Speed for the first time in May 2006—our third anniversary issue.
Today, 9 years and 10 million followers later, she still slays in the Twitter world, using the platform to connect with her fans and co-actors and actresses, being down to earth, and veering away from the glamour of being a celebrity.
is wondering why all her friends have suddenly joined Twitter. Curiosity killed the cat… and here I am in Twitter World.
— Anne Curtis-Smith (@annecurtissmith) March 10, 2009
Angel Locsin (@143redangel)
In her first tweet, the timeless beauty and actress expressed her excitement about being on Twitter, thanking her friend who prompted her to sign up.
I'M ON TWITTER NA! 🙂 thanks dennis 🙂
— Angel Locsin (@143redangel) October 15, 2009
Angel first appeared on the cover of our October 2005 issue. It was a dual cover edition, where she was dressed as a Japanese school girl in one, and a racecar driver in another. We shot it at the height of her voice-acting career as Kyoko Iwase of the anime Initial D: Fourth Stage.
Bianca Gonzalez-Intal (@iamsuperbianca)
The TV host, model, and mom’s first tweet was about Ashton Kutcher, who challenged CNN to a popularity contest on Twitter, racing to get 1 million followers. Today, we see Bianca’s wise adulting and parenting tweets. She has also surpassed a million followers and continues to inspire people through her tweets.
congratulates ashton for winning over cnn in the big twitter battle! but i's sign up for cnn. :p
— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) April 18, 2009
Prior to everything that happened to her life and career, Bianca was a first-time Speed cover girl in May 2005, our second anniversary issue.
KC Concepcion (@itskcconcepcion)
The actress, host, and United Nations World Food Programme ambassador was curious how Twitter works when she made her first tweet. She eventually gained a solid foundation by connecting to people fromdifferent walks of life and eventually discovering her place in the world of Twitter.
is wobbled by the full moon and figuring out how this works!!
— KC Concepcion (@itskcconcepcion) June 9, 2009
In May 2007, KC also graced the fourth anniversary issue of Speed.
Twitter continues to be the platform of choice for Filipinos to have conversations, #seeeveryside of opinions and ideas, and know #whatshappening locally and around the world. From simple greetings to video messages and live streaming, the world uses Twitter to connect and be heard—no matter where or who they are.