Sunday, 22 February 2009

Share in teh Awesome!

Twitter never ceases to amaze me. I've seen lots of memes pop up and fade away in my Twitter stream, but, by far, the strangest is the #AlanStevensAvatarWeekend hashtag that sprang up this weekend. Forty people adopted a picture of me as a child in my Captain Kirk shirt as their avatar.

The background for this strange occurrence is another Twitter meme. I noticed people putting old pictures of themselves, often with outdated hair styles, as their Twitter avatar. While I have plenty of embarrassing hair styles in my past, I decided to join this meme by showing my geek cred. On Thursday evening, I changed my avatar to the afore mentioned picture.

On Friday morning, Andrew Duthie noticed my picture and claimed that he had been outclassed. Next, Y. Alan Griver adopted the picture as his own avatar because, he said, it's a level of awesome he could never reach. By Friday afternoon, Andrew and Alan had both adopted the picture as their avatar and invited everyone else on twitter to do the same.

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Picture 1Friday night, I looked at my Twitter stream and saw around half of the tweets had my photo as the avatar. I announced that I felt like John Malkovich inside his own head. If you've seen Being John Malkovich, then you know what I mean. I wasn't active on Twitter this weekend, I had children and home repairs to deal with, but I watched on with amusement.

Saturday night, I looked at my followers list and saw that many of my most recent followers had the Alan as Kirk avatar. I find it amazing that people who didn't even follow me on Friday, had my picture as their avatar on Saturday.

I want to give special recognition to two variations on the #AlanStevensAvatarWeekend theme. Rick Hodder changed the shirt color to red, giving it a look of almost certain doom. Scott Koon (aka lazycoder) took a different picture of me from 20 years ago instead of 30 years ago as his avatar.

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Thanks to everyone involved in this silliness. You all gave me countless belly laughs this weekend. I can't wait to see what surprises my Twitter Tribe comes up with next!

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Stay awesome,


Sunday, 22 February 2009 12:03:52 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
It was a lot of fun! I found new people to follow based on their willingness to play the game.
Sunday, 22 February 2009 12:15:13 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I found it a lot of fun and fascinating as well. Like @MaggiePlusPlus, I found new folks to follow. Never had part in starting that quickly moving a meme either - twitter is a fascinating social service...

yag (@yalangriver)
Sunday, 22 February 2009 13:31:13 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Joining #AlanStevensAvatarWeekend has been the high point of my adult life. Honest.
Sunday, 22 February 2009 15:42:48 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
If anyone would like a memento of #AlanStevensAvatarWeekend, I took the liberty of creating some t-shirt designs:

Thanks to everyone who participated. This was a ton of fun, and oh, so Awesome!

And thanks, Alan, for being such a great sport about it!
Sunday, 22 February 2009 21:12:02 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Hi Alan,

This was fun (and viral {g} )

It's funny that just this week I was listening to your podcast about community on DotNetRocks (, and here you create a community by merely sharing a picture from your past!

Thanks for the mention, Alan!
Rick Hodder
Monday, 23 February 2009 08:43:34 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
It was a Good fun! I found new gen to follow his willingness.
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