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