I am @iaintait on Twitter. And I do not have 1,000 Google Wave Invites to give away.
I don’t even have a Google Wave invite for myself.
Since yesterday afternoon I’ve had thousands of people from all around the world re-tweeting #iaintait and sending me @iaintait messages asking for one of my supposed 1,000 Google Wave invites.
It’s kind of rendered Twitter unusable for me right now. Certainly if anyone tried to have a conversation with me using @iaintait there’s no way I can find it.
So, how did this start?
Yesterday morning @ihavenomouth tweeted this:
I don’t know if he meant to turn me into a hashtag or not. So I replied:
Which of course, in retrospect, to a bunch of people I know was like a red-rag to a bull:
There was basically a bunch of pisstaking going on, so I replied:
Then a couple of hours later. Mark ‘bloody’ Earls (@herdmeister) posts this:
And that my friends, is how it all started…
At its peak yesterday I was told there was a mention of #iaintait every 10 seconds on Twitter. And not only is it the hashtag that’s being sent around, people are now responding to @iaintait which makes Twitter kind of unusable right now. I’m guessing it’ll die down over time. But I thought that when I went to bed and it looks like we’re ramping up for the day:
Stupidity is alive and well.
Chain letters / emails / tweets still seem to suck people in
Google Wave invites are hot shit
It is IMPOSSIBLE to put the genie back in the bottle
It’s strange feeling ‘viral’ in that way
@herdmeister owes me a beer (or 1,000 wave invites)
I’m sure he was forced to do it, so I’m not confident that we should all be picking on him. However, what I love about this site is that I think the level of insults pretty much fit the crime.
But that’s not the reason that I really love the site. The real reason is that it’s driven by Google Docs. That’s how we should all be rolling. Use a Google Spreadsheet as a CMS – that’s how we should be rolling in 2009!
I suggested this to one of our developers a few months ago and he said that I was some kind of fucked-up freakish alien techno-idiot (I think those were his exact words) – having seen this I feel vindicated, marginally.
I wish I had registered with the Zosjm pydax website, it sounds bloody intriguing. Unfortunately when I search for it there are no results. By writing this post it means that I will now be the first (and only) Google result for Zosjm pydax. Unless someone else copies.
If you’ve not seen Twitterfall it’s quite nice. It streams in Twitter messages with certain keywords in real time. It makes twitter feel like a bit joined up community (which it isn’t really). What really freaked me out was watching it during the Gmail outage so I grabbed some video of what it looked like:
It’s strangely compelling to watch. In spite of the complete drivel that’s being poured onto the internet.
In the 9 minutes or so that I was capturing this the number of messages in the queue went from zero to 1,800. That’s more than 3 people a second assuming that Twitterfall capture everything. All whining about the same stuff.
I think it’s the first time I’ve really ‘felt’ the scale of Twitter. It was a bit overwhelming really. I dread to think what it’d be like to feel the pressure on the Googleplex.
Thanks to Jonathan for pointing out the Twitterfall.
I logged into my Gmail and picked up a message about a D&AD education thing I’m speaking at in September. And I suddenly noticed that I was surrounded by ads for clearing places at various Universities.
I don’t know why I was surprised. Of course Universities understand online marketing.