Twitter has built a nifty tool to enable users to quickly find their first ever tweet. The results are a mixture of the weird, unintentionally funny and mundane. And that is no less true for our political leaders.
The prime minister, a relative newcomer to the site, began with a joke at his own expense.
I'm starting Conference with this new Twitter feed about my role as Conservative Leader. I promise there won't be "too many tweets..."— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) October 6, 2012
Ed Miliband, as Labour energy secretary, told us about his exciting life as a minister.
About to start meeting in constituency office with Dun Drainage and Environment Agency about waterways and drainage— Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) July 31, 2009
Nick Clegg didn't even pretend to send this worthy tweet himself.
Government must act on Zimbabwe - Clegg:
Liberal Democrat Leader, Nick Clegg has urged the Governmen.. http://tinyurl.com/6kkhar— Nick Clegg (@nick_clegg) June 4, 2008
Ed Balls joined Twitter at the height of the expenses scandal. Sadly his first tweet was not "Ed Balls".
I'm pleased all the expenses are finally up on the Parliamentary website. See mine at www.parliament.uk or www.edballs.com— Ed Balls (@edballsmp) June 18, 2009
Alex Salmond wasted no time in harnessing Twitter as an election tool - and also apparently speaks in the third person.
The campaign to re-elect Alex Salmond starts today— FM Alex Salmond (@AlexSalmond) January 25, 2011
Communities secretary Eric Pickles impressively managed to squeeze his favourite word, "chum", into 140 characters twice.
Greeting chums welcome to my first twitter entry. I was due to start during the Conference but my Observer chum Gaby Hinsliff told you 1st— Eric Pickles (@EricPickles) October 2, 2009
Lib Dem president Tim Farron is modern.
I've just entered the 21st century with this modern interweb stuff and am now going to compensate with some good old fashioned door knocking— Tim Farron (@timfarron) October 5, 2009
Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps couldn't find anything he fancied in the shops...
Today I've been relaxing with the family and during the afternoon we popped over to the Howard Centre but didn't buy anything.— Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) March 9, 2008
... while Barack Obama ended the war in Iraq.
Thinking we're only one signature away from ending the war in Iraq.
Learn more at http://www.barackobama.com— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 29, 2007