"Your an idiot" – apparently the 'most internet sentence.'

Its a lovely analysis, and 1 I thought I'd have a look at just how 'internet' the phrase turned out to be.

The most retweeted "your an idiot" tweet is a reasonably standard 'step four' response from Frankie Boyle;

614 retweets at the time of writing

I particularly liked the most retweeted 'step three' (ie. non-referential) tweet;

To quote from Wikipedia;

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The most authoritative news story (according to Sysomos' measure of 'authority') – a story about another 'step four' usage - ABC News - Samuel L. Jackson schools the president;

“I’ll be reading scripts and the screenwriter mistakes ‘your’ for ‘you’re.’ On Twitter someone will write, ‘Your an idiot,’ and I’ll go, ‘No, you’re an idiot,’ and all my Twitterphiles will go, ‘Hey, Sam Jackson, he’s the grammar police,” Jackson said. “Somebody needs to be,” he added. “I mean, we have newscasters who don’t even know how to conjugate verbs, something Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow never had problems with. How the f> *> did we become a society where mediocrity is acceptable?”

The 'most authoritative' tweet;

Again, 'step four' is a popular one – especially when from a celebrity. (Rob Lowe has 815,084 followers.)

 Fox News – joint biggest "your an idiot" authority…

Fox News – joint biggest "your an idiot" authority…

A wordcloud of "your an idiot" Twitter mentions isnt particularly enlightening (although the word 'irony' is a nice indication of 'stage 4' popularity…)

 Twitter wordcloud

Twitter wordcloud

But looking at volumes over time, perhaps its actually a bit of a 2013 thing – volumes seem to have been steadily decreasing. (The rise of mobile and autocorrect, perhaps?) The 600 tweets a day estimate in the original article seems to be a little high – although its definitely down from about 850 a year ago.

 Tweet volume

Tweet volume

Perhaps unsurprisingly, its less of a big deal in the blogosphere;

 Blog mentions

Blog mentions

…and, although nowhere near as big as Twitter, still fairly popular on forums.

 Forum mentions

Forum mentions

  1. before things went a bit crazy over the last couple of weeks