Earlier today, twitter broke.
Twitter had a glitch that was suddenly realized by blogs like Gizmodo that if you tweeted “accept username”, obviously replacing “username” with an actual username, you could have anyone on the twitters follow you… even Jim Carrey — though why you’d want Jim Carrey to follow you or why you’d want to follow Jim Carrey no matter how talented of an actor you think he is is beyond me.
Well, as suddenly a shit ton of users tried it — me included… my tweet? “accept gizmodo”, after all, they reported it, might as well make them tsurunation worshipers, eh? — twitter said, “what the f-” and turned off everyone’s followers & following numbers, setting them to 0 while they went out and fixed the glitch.
Now, at first, everyone freaked out. Me included… After all, it happened to me the MOMENT I tweeted “accept gizmodo”. Literally, clicked “tweet” and BLAMO! 0 followers and following. Served me right I thought, but then realized I was receiving tweets and people were getting mine, *phew* just a coincidence that it happened at the same time.
*double phew* (not related to the double-U)
Life went on, people kept tweeting, occasionally someone would come online to see their 0’s and freak out, but for the most part, twitter-life went on…
But for fun, I went to Pitchfork’s twitter, then Hipster Runoff’s, then my friend Amerlia’s, and finally to Ashton Kutcher’s twitter, all of them had 0 followers & 0 followings too of course, but it hit me. This is beautiful. For this moment, everyone’s actual numbers, which are basically equivalent to your twitter social status, your hierarchy, your influence & power, were the same. If The Kutch just happened to click my twitter — Ooo.. sounds dirty — he’d have no idea if I had 4,000,002 followers or just 2. In other words, for that brief period of time, today on May 10th, I was could not be put in my Twitter Caste, we were Twitter Equals, of Twequals!
There is something beautiful about that, don’t you think?
Of course, the bug is fixed, I’m back to my number, and we will all forget all about this in about an hour or so, but yeah, for a moment, any & all of us could’ve & were kings of the twitterverse.