FARMING and the way we communicate have come a long way since Twitter launched eight years ago.
Just how far is illustrated by the first tentative tweets from farmers, farming organisations and others in the industry.
Some tweets are more interesting than others – and some suggest we didn’t know what to tweet about.
But since we took these first faltering steps, Twitter has become a vital communication tool for many of us.
All the ‘first tweets’ on this page were found using the Discover Twitter facility, which you can use to find your first tweet too.
Shropshire Farmer Tim Teague (3 July 2008)
sitting in the ofice rather than getting out to work, got to go, hungry mouths to feed http://timteague.blogspot.com/
— tteague (@tteague) July 3, 2008
Farmers Weekly magazine & FWi website (20 October 2008)
Delighted that DEFRA has agreed to answer farmers' NVZ questions. Just need some questions now.
— Farmers Weekly (@FarmersWeekly) October 20, 2008
Lincolnshire Farmer Matthew Naylor (8 February 2009)
Back from the Chameli. Is Chicken Tikka Chat Massala Rezzala an authentic Indian dish? Should I worry about ghee? D wears P then bed.x
— Matt Naylor (@matthewnaylor) February 8, 2009
DEFRA – Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (12 May 2010)
PM appoints Caroline Spelman as new Defra Secretary of State – http://bit.ly/9Zhy62
— Defra UK (@DefraGovUK) May 12, 2010
Essex farmer Guy Smith – now NFU vice-president (7 April 2010)
now following teague and naylor, feel a bit creepy
— Guy Smith (@essexpeasant) April 7, 2010
NFU – National Farmers’ Union of England & Wales (31 July 2009)
Hello from the NFU! We're all very excited to start tweeting!
— NationalFarmersUnion (@NFUtweets) July 31, 2009
Martin Nesbit – formerly DEFRA director of EU & international agriculture (2 January 2009)
Working – even though no-one else is.
— Martin Nesbit (@arrhenius) January 2, 2009
Yorkshire farmer and #clubhectare co-founder Jono Dixon (29 April 2010)
My first tweet have I done it right?
— JD 🇬🇧🌾🚜🇬🇧 (@sunkfarmer) April 29, 2010
Supermarket ombudsman Christine Tacon (29 January 2012)
Launching my Twitter site so I can share my views on the world of food and agriculture
— Christine Tacon (@ChristineTacon) January 29, 2012
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Somerset farmer and floods campaigner James Winslade (24 January 2014)
— James Winslade (@westyeo) January 24, 2014
The first tweet by me, Farmers Weekly chief reporter Johann Tasker (23 June 2009)
Just finished feature article examining Hilary Benn's record after two years at DEFRA. How has he done? Not good when it comes to farming.
— Johann Tasker (@johanntasker) June 23, 2009