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Last month, in honor of its eighth birthday, Twitter took a walk down memory lane. The network unveiled a special page, allowing users to automatically see and share their first tweet ever.

As savvy users quickly discovered, the tool also allowed looking up awkward—and occasionally embarrassing—first tweets from anyone, including celebrities, entrepreneurs, and politicians.

It turns out that even some of today’s most prolific and successful tweeters got off to a rocky start. Here’s a peek at five famous first tweets and what they say about Twitter’s evolution:

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    A nice little historical retrospective on Twitter. #TBT appropriate, if a day late.
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