This is going to make me sound like an old man in his rocking chair on the front porch, but let me tell you about the early days of Twitter…

The first time I mentioned Twitter on here was back in November 2006:

I’ve been playing around with Twitter, a neat little service from the people who brought you Odeo. You send it little text updates via SMS, the website, or Jabber.

A few weeks later, I wrote about some of its emergent properties:

Overall, Twitter is full of trivial little messages that sometimes merge into a coherent conversation before disintegrating again. I like it. Instant messaging is too intrusive. Email takes too much effort. Twittering feels just right for the little things: where I am, what I’m doing, what I’m thinking.

That’s right; back then we didn’t have the verb “tweeting” yet.

In those early days, some of the now-ubiquitous interactions had yet to emerge. Chris hadn’t yet proposed hashtags. And if you wanted to address a message to a specific person—or reply to a tweet of theirs—the @ symbol hadn’t been repurposed for that. There were still few enough people on Twitter that you could just address someone by name and they’d probably see your message.

That’s what I was doing when I posted:

It takes years off you, Simon.

I’m assuming Simon Willison got a haircut or something.

In any case, it’s an innocuous and fairly pointless tweet. And yet, in the intervening years, that tweet has received many replies. Weirdly, most of the replies consisted of one word:


Very puzzling.

Then a little while back, I realised what was happening. This is the URL for my tweet:





Pesky kids with their stoner sexual-innuendo numerology!

Have you published a response to this? :



# Liked by Dominik Schwind on Wednesday, April 13th, 2022 at 4:35pm

# Wednesday, April 13th, 2022 at 6:22pm

# Liked by Jamie Tanna on Friday, April 15th, 2022 at 7:36am

Previously on this day

4 years ago I wrote Table of Contents for Going Offline

From zero to service worker hero in nine short chapters.

7 years ago I wrote 100 words 022

Day twenty two.

9 years ago I wrote And be damned

Writing, publishing, sharing, speaking.

11 years ago I wrote Zånhae nights


18 years ago I wrote Turning Japanese

If you happen to be in Brighton and you like Japanese food, be sure to check out the Murasaki cafe/bar on Dyke Road (near Seven Dials).

20 years ago I wrote Celebrity Sighting

I’m sick as a dog right now. I’ve got some kind of cold/flu ailment that involves a raspy throat and copious amounts of phlegm.