It's hard to come up with good, original content, so many people tweet jokes they find elsewhere. The best source of content is Twitter itself. This article is a case study of a stolen tweet.
On Sunday August 7, 2011, Twitter user @Haleys_Hell tweeted the following joke:
|The original tweet by @Haleys_Hell, click to enlarge.|
I once had a goldfish that would hump the carpet, but only for about 30 seconds. 7 AugBeing highly original and funny, this tweet was widely retweeted and favorited. As of this writing Favstar.fm reports it was favorited 194 times, retweeted 38 times, and received 3 Tweets of the day:
|The original tweet on Favstar, click to enlarge.|
@Haleys_Hell told me that it reached 100 favorites in roughly 24 hours, her fastest tweet to do so. 100 favorites is an important milestone on Favstar, since it triggers the posting of a tweet to the 100 favs leaderboard, which has the slowest turnover ensuring high visibility for a tweet.
@5tevenw (Steven Winterburn) is an account with 76,977 Followers. In 2011 he was nominated for the 3rd Annual Shorty Awards and placed 8th for The Year's Best Humor on Twitter. In his Shorty Interview he answered the question "What are some big Twitter faux pas?" with the statement "I've not come across any." @5tevenw's timeline consists almost entirely of unattributed content from others.
|Tweet from @5tevenw, click to enlarge.|
@DBowens96 is David Bowens, a professional football player in the NFL.
|Tweet from @DBowens96, click to enlarge.|
Data for the timeline below was collected using the Twitter search API on 8/18 at 9:29 AM. The timeline is incomplete because Twitter only stores a few days of searchable history.