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"Just setting up my twttr". This Was First archives the first posts on some of the world's biggest websites. (Metafilter is sadly absent from the archive.)
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul (27 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
What? Nobody wanted to be the first commenter?

I saw this a few days ago but decided I wouldn't post it unless it included MetaFilter and the Cat-Scan. Still disappointed they haven't added more sites.
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:09 AM on July 14, 2013


Second!
posted by mannequito at 2:27 AM on July 14, 2013


Today, Buzzfeed is known for its viral cat videos and funny animal gifs, but in October 2006, Buzzfeed gained attention in a different sort of way. The first post to grace the site was titled “Waterboarding” and featured explicit details about the controversial form of torture before it was common knowledge.

My, how things have changed.
posted by Mezentian at 2:50 AM on July 14, 2013


The person who made this site says Mashable's first post about machinima was stupid, because he has apparently never heard about it. Maybe I am weird, but I thought machinima was and probably still is a thing.
posted by Literaryhero at 2:53 AM on July 14, 2013


I was surprised to see that whitehouse.gov was a) one of the web's biggest websites, and b) had its first post in 2009.
They must be just referring to the blog. I remember putting my hand on whitehouse.gov (that is, the actual server) sometime in the '90s, just because I could. Back when it was a pup- maybe a PS2 486.
posted by MtDewd at 5:26 AM on July 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


Stunned that Boing Boing's first post wasn't a map of Disney World's subway system.
posted by davebush at 6:17 AM on July 14, 2013 [4 favorites]


Stunned that Boing Boing's first post wasn't a map of Disney World's subway system.

The random Disneyana obsession is Cory Doctorow's beat. IIRC, he didn't start writing for BB until at least a year or two after it made the jump from 'zine to weblog. Back in the early days, it was pretty much just Mark Frauenfelder and his wife Carla posting stuff, with occasional contributions from other folks who worked on the 'zine.
posted by Strange Interlude at 6:32 AM on July 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


Maybe I am weird, but I thought machinima was and probably still is a thing.

I believe Red vs. Blue has a new season in production right now.
posted by hippybear at 6:32 AM on July 14, 2013


How did they verify these? I don't know of any way to see all YouTube videos or all Flickr photos in chronological order.
posted by John Cohen at 7:12 AM on July 14, 2013


I believe Red vs. Blue has a new season in production right now.

Well good to know that this site is well researched, I guess.
posted by Literaryhero at 7:12 AM on July 14, 2013


> I saw this a few days ago but decided I wouldn't post it unless it included MetaFilter and the Cat-Scan.

Catscan was not the first post on the site. Know your MeFi history!
posted by languagehat at 7:19 AM on July 14, 2013


Broken Laser Pointer is a rad band name.
posted by mintcake! at 7:24 AM on July 14, 2013


Happy 14th birthday, MetaFilter!
posted by wensink at 8:10 AM on July 14, 2013


(And congrats to kyrademon for having the year's most favorited comment.)
posted by wensink at 8:17 AM on July 14, 2013


This one is downright naughty.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 8:43 AM on July 14, 2013


21 Ways You Know You Are About to be Waterboarded!
posted by cjorgensen at 9:07 AM on July 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


How did they verify these? I don't know of any way to see all YouTube videos or all Flickr photos in chronological order.

Go to recent uploads and start scrolling.
posted by mountmccabe at 9:11 AM on July 14, 2013 [2 favorites]


What hath God wrought?
posted by bleep at 9:14 AM on July 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


First metafilter post? "Just setting up my snrk"
posted by notme at 9:23 AM on July 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


Somewhere in the lands of Babylonia there lies a ancient clay tablet with the inscription "First!" chiseled into it.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 9:25 AM on July 14, 2013


Happy cat-scan day to all. And to all, a good night.
posted by Monkey0nCrack at 9:33 AM on July 14, 2013


Yeah, where the hell is the anniversary post already? I'm wearing my cat scan tshirt and everything.
posted by FelliniBlank at 9:40 AM on July 14, 2013


Yeah, where the hell is the anniversary post already? I'm wearing my cat scan tshirt and everything.

It's up over on MetaTalk.
posted by wensink at 9:43 AM on July 14, 2013


I meant the annual cat-scan FPP.
posted by FelliniBlank at 9:49 AM on July 14, 2013



Today, Buzzfeed is known for its viral cat videos and funny animal gifs, but in October 2006, Buzzfeed gained attention in a different sort of way. The first post to grace the site was titled “Waterboarding” and featured explicit details about the controversial form of torture before it was common knowledge.

My, how things have changed.


The content became more painful to watch?
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 6:39 PM on July 14, 2013


How did they verify these? I don't know of any way to see all YouTube videos or all Flickr photos in chronological order.

Don't know about Youtube but Flickr photos are numbered sequentially. To get photo #x, type http://www.flickr.com/photo.gne?id=x into your browser. The first number that works is http://www.flickr.com/photo.gne?id=74

The first actual photo (instead of a test image) is this one by caterina.
posted by vacapinta at 3:44 AM on July 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


So the first tumblr post would be by David Karp, yeah?
posted by unliteral at 7:03 PM on July 15, 2013


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