The dictionary account that saved blue-check Twitter

Blocked from posting, internet celebrities started communicating through @everyword.

On Wednesday night, verified Twitter was in the throes of a crisis.

The dictionary account that saved blue-check Twitter

After the Great Hack of 2020 made it look like Joe Biden and Elon Musk tweeted out extremely sketchy bitcoin donation links, Twitter blocked many verified accounts from tweeting.

For a few hours, all of your A-to-D-list celebrity faves couldn’t post — but they could retweet.

To communicate from beyond the virtual grave, they turned to the account @everyword.

Flashback to the days of the @everyword empire

If you’d heard of the account before this week, you’ve been on the internet longer than me.

@Everyword launched in 2007 with the goal of tweeting all of the words in the English dictionary, one at a time.

The account was so popular that The Atlantic and The Washington Post covered its final tweets in 2014. The New York Review of Bots (not a typo) called it “the best” bot on the internet.

But on Wednesday, the account re-entered the mainstream — blue-check users started retweeting old @everyword posts, one at a time, to talk to their followers.

What were their all-important messages?

  • The Ringer writer Shea Serrano used @everyword to spell out “I will not be silenced.”
  • Video game developer Rami Ismail wrote “let me tweet again.”
  • Nate Silver stuck with “poll shows democrat leading.”

The whole mess felt a lot like that scene from Arrival, where Amy Adams tries to communicate with an alien species using a sign that says “Human.”

Do you have a favorite weird or essential Twitter account you follow? Hit us up @TheHustle and we’ll make a list of ‘em.

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