Tracy Morgan Talks About Hashtags, Foursquare, & His Role In The Creation Of Twitter
Bet you didn’t know that Tracy Morgan invented Twitter, did you? Of course you didn’t! For the last few years, we’ve seen countless features written on Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Evan Williams, and Biz Stone, the guys who we thought invented Twitter. But, really: It turns out that it was all Tracy! You see, he wanted to reach Ronald Reagan back in the day, but Ronnie wasn’t getting back to him. And this made him very frustrated. So, he thought about it for awhile and finally invented a system whereby he could “tweet” him and…BAM! Twitter was born. And, it took awhile, but the rest of the country finally caught on.
Er, okay. So that’s not exactly how it went. Not at all, in fact. In reality, Twitter was created by the four guys mentioned above about six or seven years ago and released to the public in July 2006. But, in this clip, Tracy tries to take credit for inventing Twitter way back in the day. He also riffs on his favorite hashtags, curses up a storm, dismisses the idea of him using Foursquare, and—for whatever reason—talks about the movie Planet of the Apes entirely too much. And, because this video was produced for the 2012 Shorty Awards, all of his answers are limited to just 140 characters. As you can imagine, that leads to some pretty hysterical answers when he gets cut off mid-answer and says stuff like…Oh, you’ll just have to watch it and see what we mean.
So while Tracy did not invent Twitter, he does sound funny as hell talking about the time he invented it. Take a look for yourself. Kudos to Tracy for producing some hilarious answers. And kudos to the Shorty Awards for giving him the platform to be as funny as he is here. Enjoy.