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    Posted on Jan 18, 2018

    The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm In 2018

    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.

    Oh no, the liberals have been TRIGGERED again.

    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.

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