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An Important History Of The 'Colin Was Here' Meme That Changed All Our Lives

We are all Colin now.

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They deleted it after about half an hour. But by then it was too late. The silliness had already been unleashed.

Mikey Smith

@mikeysmith

We need to talk about Colin.

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Guys, we've got this wrong, it's actually pronounced Co-Lin as in Colin Powell. #colin

Shiv Malik

@shivmalik1

Guys, we've got this wrong, it's actually pronounced Co-Lin as in Colin Powell. #colin

Comment is free

@commentisfree

#Colin was here too

Ed Balls? RT @SkyNewsBreak: Colin was here

Harry Cole

@MrHarryCole

Ed Balls? RT @SkyNewsBreak: Colin was here

Ed Balls

@edballsmp

RT @SkyNewsColin: Ed Balls

#Colin update: David Cameron has paid tribute to Colin: "We're all Colinites now," said the PM.

Ashley Pemberton

@pemberton18

#Colin update: David Cameron has paid tribute to Colin: "We're all Colinites now," said the PM.

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The twitter world is gripped with today's big question, What will Colin do next? #colin #skynews

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@CustomBatsForum

The twitter world is gripped with today's big question, What will Colin do next? #colin #skynews

And the topical gags.

Nigel Farage claims that #Colin wants the UK to leave Europe.

Alex Andreou

@sturdyAlex

Nigel Farage claims that #Colin wants the UK to leave Europe.

Jack Wyllie

@jackwyllie1

No way! Aha #colin

NOOOOOOO!!!! RT @sturdyAlex: Doctor Who producers reported to be furious at leak, revealing The Doctor's real name is #Colin.

Kelly Smith

@kelly_lou_smith

NOOOOOOO!!!! RT @sturdyAlex: Doctor Who producers reported to be furious at leak, revealing The Doctor's real name is #Colin.

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And then, as quickly as it had begun, it was all over.

.@SkyNewsBreak appears to have deleted the Colin tweet. Back to work everyone

Patrick Smith

@psmith

.@SkyNewsBreak appears to have deleted the Colin tweet. Back to work everyone

Sky News released a statement.

Earlier today the @skynewsbreak twitter feed was hacked and a single message sent.

Action was swiftly taken and we are working with Twitter and our in house security to ensure this cannot happen again.

Panic over. We've found #Colin. All is well. Normal service has resumed over on @SkyNewsBreak

Sky News

@SkyNews

Panic over. We've found #Colin. All is well. Normal service has resumed over on @SkyNewsBreak

Then they revealed that they hadn't been hacked after all.

Further investigation uncovered, to our relief, that Colin was in fact a 'disaster recovery' test message which accidentally went live. Apologies.

......no Colin was harmed in the making of this message.

But we will never forget.

Colin was more than just a man, he was someone we could all aspire to being. Colin is gone, but he'll never be forgotten. #prayforcolin

tom jamieson

@jamiesont

Colin was more than just a man, he was someone we could all aspire to being. Colin is gone, but he'll never be forgotten. #prayforcolin

I suppose, throughout all our lives, we've been somehow touched by #colin. It's been an honour to share the internet with him.

Matthew de Vere

@mattd_t

I suppose, throughout all our lives, we've been somehow touched by #colin. It's been an honour to share the internet with him.

Pretty sure coming back from lunch I walked through a portal into a parallel universe where you've all gone mental & can't stop saying Colin

Barry

@QuantumPirate

Pretty sure coming back from lunch I walked through a portal into a parallel universe where you've all gone mental & can't stop saying Colin

Well that was fun, wasn't it? Same time next week?

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