Curious how this Twitter and Facebook meme started today? "Sometimes I Just Want To Copy Someone Else's Status, Word For Word, And See If They Notice."
With the help of newly-launched Google Realtime, we believe we've tracked down the originator of today's meme that has created a massive echo chamber on social networks.
It appears to have started with Twitter user Tim Waters (@tim_waters), a "freelance geo fella" per his Twitter bio of Leeds, U.K. , who tweeted the sentence at 10:42 a.m. EST.
Others copied him and it continued to circulate in the United Kingdom before jumping the pond within 10 minutes when @Billfgreer of Virginia and @elspethjane of New York City tweeted it to their followers.
TechCrunch notes two people tweeted similar wording (but not exact) as early as Aug. 18.
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