Adland's first tweets: David Golding's missing sweets and hacker or squatter at Mother

Twitter is celebrating its eighth birthday today with a tool to find out its users' first tweets, so Campaign has tracked down the first tweets of some of adland's agencies and executives.

David Golding: first tweet expressed his outrage at theft of two Tooty Fruities
David Golding: first tweet expressed his outrage at theft of two Tooty Fruities

With the biggest web cliche since variables named 'foo' and 'bar', Bartle Bogle Hegarty London joined Twitter in 2009.

Hack attack or cyber-squatter? Mother London's first tweet seemed to be congratulating itself on recapturing its handle.

At Adam & Eve (the original), David Golding was a victim of crime when someone stole something precious to him.

Later than most to the Twitter party, the AKQA founder and chief executive, Ajaz Ahmed's, first tweet announced WPP's purchase of his digital agency in 2012.

The Joint co-founder Richard Exon was slightly earlier to Twitter, joining just three years after Twitter's launch. Was the 'Ha!' is an exclamation of approval or maybe he just didn't think it would catch on?

And, what about Campaign? Someone back at HQ in 2008 was curious about Japanese advertising. No one has yet owned up but we hope they found what they were looking for...

But Campaign's questioning had nothing on Leo Burnett's Paul Lawson whose first 140 characters were used to establish exactly what Twitter was.

And when BMB's Trevor Beattie joined the social network in 2012 his first tweet was a review and recommendation in Pontefract-based horror movies.

Other adlanders' first tweets include:

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