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How One Rumour Can Totally Meltdown Twitter

"IT'S ON!"

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ABC journalist and presenter Julia Baird tweeted on Wednesday that Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull had been canvassing support to challenge Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

BREAKING: Two federal Liberal MPs have just confirmed to me that Malcolm Turnbull has called to ask if they will vote for him as leader.

Julia Baird@bairdjuliaFollow

BREAKING: Two federal Liberal MPs have just confirmed to me that Malcolm Turnbull has called to ask if they will vote for him as leader.

11:19 AM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

The political journalists and obsessives had been hanging out for some news about the Liberal leadership for so long, the news caused a meltdown on Twitter

Well, Hello.RT @bairdjulia BREAKING: 2 Lib MPs have confirmed to me that Malcolm Turnbull has called to ask: will vote for him as leader ?

Samantha Maiden@samanthamaidenFollow

Well, Hello.RT @bairdjulia BREAKING: 2 Lib MPs have confirmed to me that Malcolm Turnbull has called to ask: will vote for him as leader ?

11:24 AM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

What can be observed as the "It's On Phenomenon" went immediately into overdrive.

IT'S ON mt @bairdjulia BREAKING: 2 Liberal MPs have just confirmed to me Malcolm Turnbull called to ask if they will vote for him as leader.

Neil Walker@MediaMookFollow

IT'S ON mt @bairdjulia BREAKING: 2 Liberal MPs have just confirmed to me Malcolm Turnbull called to ask if they will vote for him as leader.

11:24 AM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

IT’S ON RT @bairdjulia:2 fed Liberal MPs have just confirmed to me Malcolm Turnbull has called to ask if they will vote for him as leader

Patrick Stafford@pdstaffordFollow

IT’S ON RT @bairdjulia:2 fed Liberal MPs have just confirmed to me Malcolm Turnbull has called to ask if they will vote for him as leader

11:24 AM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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It's such a well known and beloved question to ask - "Is the spill on?" - that it causes Twitter to become an orgy of chanting political nerds.

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It's on! #itson http://t.co/l9DX9WuOVU

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M̴̜̪͉̯̰a͏̙l͓̞̥̤̖͙̘͘c͇̩̫͈͚o͘l̪̮̖̯ͅm̻͡ ̵T̺̮̙͜u̢͇̜̙̦r̖̻̳̩͘ǹ̤b̯̹͔u҉̖͓͎͕̭͙l͎̘͎̯̺̳͈͢l͇̲͞ ̠̼̺̣̹̘̜Į̥̪͈͚ͅt̘̫̯͙̥͍̱͡'͙̖̥̟͕ͅs̹͍̰͍̬͔̲͞ ̱̜͔̰̠O̜̻͙͈n͈̪͈͖

Chris O'Regan@monkeytypistFollow

M̴̜̪͉̯̰a͏̙l͓̞̥̤̖͙̘͘c͇̩̫͈͚o͘l̪̮̖̯ͅm̻͡ ̵T̺̮̙͜u̢͇̜̙̦r̖̻̳̩͘ǹ̤b̯̹͔u҉̖͓͎͕̭͙l͎̘͎̯̺̳͈͢l͇̲͞

̠̼̺̣̹̘̜Į̥̪͈͚ͅt̘̫̯͙̥͍̱͡'͙̖̥̟͕ͅs̹͍̰͍̬͔̲͞

̱̜͔̰̠O̜̻͙͈n͈̪͈͖

11:25 AM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

There was some who went for it and nailed puns.

now is the summer of our malcontent

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And it sparked silly takes.

I'm hearing Turnbull just took Abbott out with a crossbow from fifty yards. This is dizzy stuff folks

j.r. hennessy@jrhennessyFollow

I'm hearing Turnbull just took Abbott out with a crossbow from fifty yards. This is dizzy stuff folks

11:46 AM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

This is the Australian political Twitterverse where one tweet can cause so much joy that it almost doesn't matter about the reality of the situation. Almost.

Malcolm Turnbull may just be Australia's Frank Underwood (in my head, at least). It's on. #Spill.

Jesse Graham@JesseDGrahamFollow

Malcolm Turnbull may just be Australia's Frank Underwood (in my head, at least). It's on. #Spill.

11:26 AM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite