The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm In 2018

Authored by Tom Phillips via Buzzfeed.com,

The anger factory has changed a bit since 2013...

1. Somebody, somewhere does something bad.

 
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2. Somebody spots the bad thing.

 
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3. People quickly pick up on the bad thing.

 
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4. Tweets about the bad thing start to go viral.

 
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5. One of the most viral tweets will just be a screenshot of somebody else's tweet, by someone with a verified account.

 
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6. The most viral tweet about it will have a completely inaccurate claim in it.

 
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7. The correction will get 12 retweets.

 
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8. People start sending angry messages to the wrong Twitter account.

 
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9. The media quickly spots the growing anger over the bad thing, and writes articles about it.

 
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10. Just as quickly, there is a backlash against people thinking that the bad thing is bad.

 
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11. ...even though by this point people are mostly just making jokes?

 
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12. The people who did the bad thing apologise for the bad thing.

 
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13. People mostly seem to accept the apology!

 
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14. Then suddenly there are Nazis everywhere.

 
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15. Holy shit so many Nazis.

 
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16. For unclear reasons, somebody doxxes the person who got mistaken for the people who did the bad thing.

 
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17. The people who apologised for the bad thing now apologise for their apology.

 
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18. Somebody makes a video about the whole thing.

 

 

 

19. Everybody will accuse pretty much everybody else of being “bots”.

 
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20. And then...

 
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21. The President of the United States of America is tweeting about it.

 
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22. Now lots of people are replying to the President of the United States!

 
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23. People have ~theories~ about what’s going on.

 
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24. These theories are quite extensive.

 
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25. They go on for really quite a long time.

 
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26. Such a long time.

 
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27. Eventually, the people who apologised for apologising about the bad thing have to apologise for their apology about the first apology.

 
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28. The story is now, somehow, front page news around the world for the next week.

 
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29. It will never stop. We live in a hell we have made for ourselves. There is only one escape.