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The nice tweet archive

It is a preservation effort, making an attempt to seize the funniest, weirdest, and most memorable posts earlier than Twitter fully burns down.

Buttons break, features disappear, energy customers flee, web site errors abound: Twitter fell aside quicker than even the pessimists anticipated. By the point we arrived on the scene, the injury was already irreversible: most of the tweets that made Twitter so iconic have been already deleted, eliminated, or made non-public. It occurred so rapidly, we might barely comprehend what it was that we truly misplaced. 

Not all of this data decay is the results of the Twitter acquisition. The well-known Zola thread solely exists in screenshots; the identical goes for all-time nice “4 eels.” As increasingly customers delete their accounts — for no matter cause — these microliterary classics vanish, too.

Right here, we’ve got carried out our greatest to protect the tweets we believed have been price saving: the entertaining, the informative, the ridiculous, the disturbed.

Assortment Notes

This exhibit of nice and notable tweets was curated by Verge staffers and some associates, collected from September by way of October 2023. Even by that time, many traditionally nice posts have been already gone, both as a result of customers had deleted their outdated tweets or their accounts fully.

In just a few particular instances, we manually reconstructed some tweets that had been deleted. We excluded tweets from accounts set to non-public. Authorized suggested us to not pull avatars for copyright causes, though we actually needed to.

For tweets with photos, we opted to not add new alt textual content for embeds that didn’t have already got it. We needed to keep up the unique tweet as a lot as doable however acknowledge the accessibility value.

If a tweet of yours is included right here and you prefer to it faraway from the archive, you possibly can contact tweetarchive@theverge.com.


HYSTERICAL – Good jokes, a lot of which went extraordinarily viral

DUNKS – A tweet, often fairly humorous, at another person’s expense

WEIRD – A particular model of Twitter humor that lived and died with the platform

BAD – Extremely dumb, self-righteous, or ass-revealing tweets

EARNEST – Healthful posts (a class largely for pets)

FAMOUS – Celebrities saying one thing just a little too sincere or just a little too unusual


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