Twitter has, without a doubt, been a gamechanger in the world of K-pop. Beyond just a means of communication between artists and their listeners, it has also been a powerful community building tool among fans themselves.
From trending hashtags to celebrate new releases or voting at the Billboard Music Awards 2021, Twitter is crucial to building fan solidarity on a global scale. K-pop acts themselves have also recognised the sheer importance of the platform, and today’s idols are tweeting more than ever.
The fandoms that made BTS, BLACKPINK, SB19, Ariana Grande, and SEVENTEEN finalists at the Billboard Music Awards Top Social Artist Chart
Twitter Korea has recently launched the #KpopTwitter campaign to celebrate K-pop's indelible impact on the platform. As part of this initiative, they've also created an archive of debut tweets from various K-pop acts under the #KpopFirstTweet hashtag. Take a trip down memory lane with these memorable first tweets.
워썹! 방탄소년단입니다.드디어 방탄소년단 트위터를 공식 오픈하네요~짝짝짝!데뷔 전까지 상상 그 이상의 이상하고 재미난 것들이 업로드됩니다.— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) December 17, 2012
Did you know that BTS made their first tweet almost 9 years ago, even before their official debut in 2013? The message reads: "What's up! It's Bangtan (BTS). Bangtan's official Twitter is finally open. We will be uploading things that are beyond your imagination, and interesting things from our pre-debut days."
Feeling lucky?— EXO (@weareoneEXO) July 8, 2017
Choose one hashtag below.https://t.co/H26ONIGEU3
According to Kim Yeon-jeong, Twitter Korea's Head of Global K-pop & K-content Partnerships, this mysterious tweet was also the first teaser that ushered in EXO's 'Ko Ko Bop' era in 2017.
Here is worldwide trendsmap to show how #EXOL was supporting #EXO's official account and celebrating first tweet of @weareoneEXO💙#KpopTwitter : #Kpop첫트윗성지순례 #KpopFirstTweet https://t.co/wEGbrxFO3Z— YeonJeong Kim 김연정 (@TheNolja) June 14, 2021
HELLO TWITTER 🖤💖 pic.twitter.com/Mc49A57uHd— BLACKPINKOFFICIAL (@BLACKPINK) June 26, 2020
Keeping it short and sweet, BLACKPINK made their Twitter debut last June on the same day 'How You Like That'—the first preview of their debut album THE ALBUM—was released.
JJ Project의 티저, "Slot Machine"이 공개되었습니다.— GOT7 (@GOT7Official) May 7, 2012
JJ Project 티저사이트와 유투브에서 (cont) http://t.co/L6HdAbV
Interestingly, GOT7's first tweet was completely unrelated to the group itself. Instead, it was a teaser announcement for JJ Project—the musical duo formed in 2012 with JAY B and Jinyoung—two years before GOT7 debuted.
Happy moon festival everyone!🌕— Jackson Wang 王嘉爾 왕잭슨 (@JacksonWang852) September 24, 2018
Gotta be happy today!
Enjoy your day with your family or your otherhalf😘
eating moon cakes and be sure to check out the moon👍
Have a good rest
so that we can work even harder after🤨
Miss &Love you all❤️
Imma head to work 🙏
btw first selfie 😘 pic.twitter.com/Hu9giMHdzu
GOT7 member Jackson Wang made his Twitter debut with a heartfelt message for his fans in celebration of the traditional Chinese holiday, Mid-Autumn Festival.
Hi Guys~— BamBam🎀 (@BamBam1A) March 8, 2014
BamBam was actually the first GOT7 member to join Twitter. More than 7 years ago, his first tweet was a simple greeting to fans on the app.
Yo! This is my real twitter account! Still trying to figure out how this thing works.. ahah— Mark Tuan (@marktuan) March 18, 2014
Mark Tuan was also one of the earliest GOT7 members to hop onto the Twitter bandwagon, just two months after the group's debut.
@mtuan93 what's up maaaaaaaaaan— CYJ (Ars) (@GOTYJ_Ars_Vita) October 23, 2015
Interestingly, GOT7's Youngjae joined Twitter in 2015, and his debut tweet was a reply to Mark. The latter had originally tweeted 'Youngjae is here!!!' to announce his bandmate's arrival on the app.
이젠 pic.twitter.com/Lfi6HbtSY5— 김유겸 (@yugyeom) July 14, 2018
Yugyeom joined the platform almost three years ago, tweeting the caption "now" and what seemed to be a stage set.
OPEN— Def./JAY B (@JAYBDEF___) January 16, 2021
On the other hand, JAY B was the latest among his GOT7 bandmates to create an official Twitter account, about 7 years after BamBam. Keeping it straightforward, the 'Switch It Up' act tweeted "OPEN".
PROLOGUE FILM : ITZY? ITZY!https://t.co/vf2haSVXUl#ITZY #있지— ITZY (@ITZYofficial) January 20, 2019
Meanwhile, ITZY's first tweet arrived on January 20, 2019 with a teaser that previewed their explosive debut mini-album, IT'z Different.
#NCT_DREAM ‘#WeYoung’— NCT DREAM (@NCTsmtown_DREAM) August 8, 2017
Teaser Clip #MARK #NCT pic.twitter.com/uckjsrvakN
Almost four years ago, NCT DREAM first tweeted on their official account with a video teaser featuring Mark for 2017's We Young.
[Monsta X] 안녕하세요. 엠넷 #노머시 연습생들이 #MonstaX ( #몬스타엑스 ) 로 데뷔를 준비하게 되었습니다. #주헌 #셔누 #기현 #형원 #원호 #민혁 #아이엠 7명의 Monsta X 멤버들에게 앞으로 많은 관심과 응원 부탁드립니다.— 몬스타엑스_MONSTA X (@OfficialMonstaX) February 11, 2015
MONSTA X joined Twitter six years ago, tweeting a message of support just three months before their debut.
2PM is in LA right now! A big shoutout to the fans who are going to come watch us perform at Hollywood Bowl tonight - See you soon!— 2PM (@follow_2PM) May 1, 2010
The oldest first tweet on this list, 2PM made their Twitter debut more than a decade ago with a concert announcement in LA. For a legendary group that's making their long awaited comeback in 2021, this is a nice reminder of how far they've come.