It started innocently enough.
Last night, I was goofing off while taking a break from the writing, and I checked out my Twitter feed to see what was going on, who was saying what, and so on and so forth, when I spied this Tweet, “retweeted” by one of my Twitter friends:
@cmdrsue RT @SteveHuff Fuck Twitter woulda been awesome in the 70s. Can you imagine all the coked-out tweeting from the discos?
Being me, I immediately responded to both fellow Tweeters:
@daytonward @SteveHuff @cmdrsue Awesome hashtag idea. “Fuckin’ line to get into 54 is ridiculous. I’ll be out of coke before I get in!” #70sTwitter
And that, so far as I can tell, is how the chaos began.
I started out slowly, with a couple of tentative stabs at getting something going:
@daytonward “I can’t fucking believe Star Wars won the fucking Oscar. Did those idiots not even SEE Smokey and the Bandit?” #70sTwitter
@daytonward “Check out these wild new jeans! You can’t even *SEE* my feet!” #70sTwitter
And then, it began spiraling out of my control.
Tweets began popping up all through my feed with the #70sTwitter tag. For example:
@luisishere Just played my 6th hour of Pong. #70sTwitter
@plasticanimal Crap, just dropped my pet rock on my mood ring. #70sTwitter
@Psiqueue Just became Mayor of Studio 54 #Foursquare #70sTwitter
@SoriedemSTO The King of Rock ‘n Roll died on his throne #70sTwitter
@FerdBurfel You know what’s good about the gas crisis? We’ll all now drive small, efficient cars. Gas guzzlers are done. #70sTwitter
Some had me laughing so hard I thought I might soil myself, but I’m already doing the topic an injustice. See for yourself. As I write this nearly twelve hours after sending that first fateful Tweet, the trend is still going:
Not to leave here without being shameless and self-serving, here are some of my favorite contributions to the fray:
@daytonward “They replaced Henry Blake with the old dude from Dragnet? EPIC FAIL.” #70sTwitter
@daytonward “If we cut taxes on the rich, that’ll stimulate economic growth.” #70sTwitter
@daytonward “If Carter wins the election, I’m moving to Canada.” #70sTwitter
@daytonward “Hey East Coast, thanks for spoiling the whole ‘Bigfoot is a robot’ thing. Fuckers.” #SMDM #70sTwitter
@daytonward “My mom took my Farrah Fawcett poster.” #70sTwitter
@daytonward “Who got his official KISS ARMY membership card in the mail today? This guy.” #70sTwitter
@daytonward “They’re making a Star Wars christmas show? SUCK IT, GRINCH.” #70sTwitter
So, I guess I can cross “Start a Twitter Hashtag Game” off my Bucket List. Sweet. Next up? WORLDWIDE TRENDING.
Despite the distraction, which based on my own Twitter timeline consumed the better part of three hours, I still was able to meet my writing goal for the evening….though I did keep checking the feed every so often to see what was what.
Twitter, you kill me.