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Anchors remember first tweets as Twitter goes public

As Twitter officially goes public on Thursday, the TODAY anchors took a look back at what the social network meant to them when they first joined.

Some had a handle on how to best use their 140 characters right from the start, while others took a little time to find their voice.

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Matt Lauer had some help from very popular-on-Twitter-friend Justin Bieber.

Matt Lauer's first tweet was sent after some peer pressure from pop star Justin Bieber.

Hello.+Everyone+go+buy+Justin+bieber's+album+#believe+coming+out+June+19th

—+Matt+Lauer+(@MLauer)+June+15,+2012+

Savannah Guthrie used the opportunity to promote her Facebook page.

please+follow+me+on+Facebook+-+http://tinyurl.com/SavannahGuthrie

—+Savannah+Guthrie+(@SavannahGuthrie)+August+26,+2009+

Al Roker updated followers on his family life.

watching+my+kids+@+tae+kwan+do

—+Al+Roker+(@alroker)+September+20,+2008+

Natalie Morales joined a bit later but showed she had a a good handle on how it works.

Working+in+#Rio+De+Janeiro+for+@todayshow's+LIVE+broadcast+from+Brazil+Wednesday+morning.++http://t.co/R8j7Ap2

—+Natalie+Morales+(@NMoralesNBC)+April+12,+2011+

Carson Daly was skeptical.

i+just+joined+twitter.+not+sure+why?

—+Carson+Daly+(@CarsonDaly)+November+19,+2008+

Willie Geist gave the network a timid try in 2008, and then made a permanent return in 2009.

Test

—+Willie+Geist+(@WillieGeist)+November+10,+2008+

This+is+my+first-ever+Tweet.+Someone+talk+me+through+this.+I'm+freaking+out+here,+man.

—+Willie+Geist+(@WillieGeist)+February+26,+2009+

Tamron Hall announced she was getting lessons in tweeting.

getting+a+lesson+in+twitter(exciting)

—+Tamron+Hall+(@tamronhall)+February+18,+2009+


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