Here’s what we learned from Travis Kalanick’s hidden 2007 Twitter account

Showing off those skillz.

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Tbones fancies himself a dancer.

Oh, and his opinions about women have long been a bit retrograde. 

This, and so much more, can be gleaned from Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s old Twitter account. The handle, @konatbone, is protected. But as with so many things on the internet, that doesn’t mean you can’t see it — you just have to know where to look. 

And look we did. 

The embattled CEO officially moved on from @konatbone to his current handle, @travisk, in late 2010. The original account, which looks to have been created in 2007, was protected around that time as well. This meant that only approved followers could see its content after that point. 

Thankfully for all of us, there’s a little thing called The Internet Archive — which in all its glory created The Way Back Machine to preserve the web in digital amber. The service works by crawling the internet and taking what are essentially snapshots of websites at any given time. The pages are then available to search. 

Konatbones’ since-deleted tweets are some of those pages. What did we find out? Well, for starters, he’s not too enlightened when it comes to the fairer sex.

From 2010.

From 2010.

A 2009 gem.

A 2009 gem.

We also learned that he really, really liked to get down on the dance floor and did his then seven followers the favor of narrating one wild night in 2007. Start from the bottom and read up for the full play-by-play. 

Raising the roof.

Raising the roof.

“Tbones skollin those mutha fuckas on the danc e floor yo,” he explained. 

Mashable reached out to Uber, who replied, “Like many others on social media, Travis tweeted things many years ago that he now regrets. The tweets were thoughtless and insensitive so he’s deleted them.”

We have a feeling that this 2008 @konatbone tweet probably sums up his feelings about the matter:

“@ev selfish feature request: I would love separate work and friends accounts attached to one twitter handle..”

Two accounts. Yup.

Two accounts. Yup.

Kalanick’s current Twitter handle is nowhere near as exciting as @konatbone, but we’re OK with that. Better that he focus his attention elsewhere, like making sure his workplace isn’t hostile to former employees like Susan Fowler

Or if not that, then maybe spend some time updating his old WordPress blog

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