New York Competition No. 20: Twitter Before Twitter

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Welcome back to the New York Magazine Competition. On alternate Mondays, we lay out a challenge and offer a sample responses. Enter in the comments section, or on Twitter with the hashtag we've provided, and the editors will select a winner. Criteria are highly subjective, but heavily retweeted and favorited posts will have an advantage. The prize is a year's subscription to New York in print or a two-year subscription to the iPad edition (winner's choice). Full rules are here.

COMPETITION NO. 20: TWITTER BEFORE TWITTER. Please offer a long-lost 140-character post. For example: 

“17 points up, 15 weeks to go. Hit me with your best shot, @ghwbush.” —@MikeDukakis

 “Headed to see Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo. Anyone staked out good seats?”  —@GavPrincip

“Gorgeous sunset over the mountain. Getting dark early though. #whatsthatsmell” —@PlinyinPompeii

Enter on Twitter itself with the hashtag #prototwitter, or in the comments thread on nymag.com’s Daily Intelligencer, by April 30.

Winner and runners-up will appear in the next issue. Criteria are subjective, but favorited and retweeted posts have an edge. The prize is a year’s subscription in print or two years on the iPad (winner’s choice).

RESULTS OF COMPETITION NO. 19: GOOD TAGLINE, WRONG PRODUCT, in which you were asked for a familiar advertising slogan, badly redeployed.

HONORABLE MENTION TO:

“I coulda had a V8!” —Toyota Prius
geedog

“It’s better in the Bahamas.” —Bernie Madoff &  Associates
fcabarbie

“Trix are for kids!”  —Office of the New Jersey Governor
RustyShackelford

“Like a rock.”  —Sealy
@janetoberfoell

“Good to the last drop.” —Lalique
deadbrilliant

“Snap. Crackle. Pop.” —Verizon Wireless

“You deserve a break today.” —Boniva
@mhender648

“Think different.” —Risperdal
psybab

“The other white meat.” —Fruit of the Loom
KimBarget

“Stay hungry!” —Lean
Cuisine

“Hefty! Hefty! Hefty!” —Weight Watchers
jade7243

“Clears even the toughest clogs.” —Chipotle

“A diamond is forever.” —Shea Stadium
jhartarl

“Everything must go!” —Smith & Wesson
@mimitweets25

“If it matters to you, it matters to us.”—The NSA
designnmind

“Just do it.”  —Tinder
dinosgoroar

“Isn’t life juicy?” —Clearasil
Fishpeddler

“1/2 off your second visit!” —The Betty Ford Center
max.blowers

“What’s in your wallet?” —the IRS
JDuggar

“Subway. Eat fresh.” (the MTA)
ProofProf

AND THE WINNER IS:

“Betcha can’t eat just one!” —OxyContin
JPLBK