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