Vinny Guadagnino’s best tweet ever: #twitterart by @tw1tt3rart
On 9/11/11, I clogged up the Twitters bad with my unicode gibberish. People love big numbers & dates, so my 9-11 art got passed around a lot. Most notably, Vinny (from The Jersey Shore) snagged it and tweeted it and got his #1 most fav’d, most retweeted Tweet ever. According to @Favstar, it got 18,000+ retweets. In my experience, @Favstar doesn’t track new users for a couple months, so their count is often low by more than 25%… So this was well over 20,000… maybe 23K RTs for Vinny Guadagnino.
I’m sometimes bothered to not get credit… But I’m more interested in how my art propagates through the social medium of Twitter, sometimes exploding virally, constantly self-perpetuating and re-shaping its pattern of occurrence. As well as one-off copies like Vinny, there are entire accounts dedicated to tweeting my unicode art without credit. Beyond getting credit or not, I’m flooding the system with my content, making viral art… I’ll take that as a win.