(That's right – Parker got in early enough to snag a rare three-letter handle.) The Sex & the City star heralded her arrival on the social network with a super-freaky eye avatar and a first Tweet that promoted her new web series about ballet dancers, "city.ballet."
How does Parker's first Tweet stack up with her celeb contemporaries'? Pretty well, in fact. SJP's Tweet fits firmly into one of the four major categories of celebrity tweets, The Self-Promotional Tweet. After all, your first Tweet is going to be getting a lot of attention. Why not take advantage of that? Beyoncé Knowles's first Tweet was a master class in the form:
Hey World, It's B! I'm so excited to invite you to my new http://t.co/fZxlrtAh - we've been working hard, and it's finally ready for you XO— Beyoncé Knowles (@Beyonce) April 5, 2012
Other categories of celebrity first Tweet include The In-Joke Tweet, ably demonstrated here by Conan O'Brien. It's great for racking up retweets.
Today I interviewed a squirrel in my backyard and then threw to commercial. Somebody help me.— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) February 24, 2010
A number of celebs have also introduced themselves to Twitter the same way that normal people do: through The Talking About Random Stuff You're Doing Tweet. Taylor Swift, as you might expect, totally kills it at this:
apologizing to a very needy cat for being gone so long.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) December 6, 2008
Finally, there's The Weird Tweet, perfect for celebrities who want to let their followers know that they'll be getting a raw, unfiltered experience:
i have come to join you pleas be gentle with me as ive been feeling vulnerable... yet implausibly, sexy— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) January 26, 2009
Below, you'll find some more of our favorite celebrity first Tweets, all of which fall into one or more of the above categories. Tell us your favorite in the comments below.
Mic check, mic check one.. two... is this thing on?!— *NSYNC (@NSYNC) August 24, 2013
PRINCE'S 1ST TWEET... TESTING 1, 2...— PRINCE 3RDEYEGIRL (@3RDEYEGIRL) August 14, 2013
i have officially entered the 20th century. i mean the 21st.— P!nk (@Pink) April 4, 2009
Tis my first twitt-er. Or tweet? Twit? Or tweet? "Twit or tweet everybody." Is this anything?— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 10, 2009