When I conducted my research on the #TellVicEverything movement four years ago, Twitter, Hootsuite and Sysomos MAP all agreed @godott was the first Twitter account to issue a #TellVicEverything tweet. Shortly after revealing this, a colleague suggested he had read that “some guy named Jensen was telling the media he was the first #TellVicEverything tweeter.” I double-checked and confirmed @godott beat him by more than two hours.
Robert Jensen reached out to me on Twitter last week to correct the record. This time, rather than rely on any form of user-centric Twitter interface, I drew on Twitter’s API to get the raw data from the source about @robertjensen2’s and @godott’s tweets. The raw data confirmed @robertjensen2 issued his #TellVicEverything tweet eight minutes ahead of @godott.
— Robert Jensen (@RobertJensen2) February 16, 2012
Jensen’s tweet is just as remarkable for the same reasons I’ve praised @godott’s for the past four years. First of all, Jensen apparently had about 800 followers at the time — hardly a “key influencer” in any definition of Twitter influence by most so-called social media “experts” — and the fact that it kicked off an organic and creative social media campaign which became the first example of Twitter influencing federal policy in Canada. Most notably, #TellVicEverything achieve this productively compared to the mean-spirited @vikileaks30 campaign.
I’ve updated a number of posts and will correct the record in my presentations. However, people who downloaded/shared the “Matters of Opinion 2013” report will still have the record of @godott version of the story.
My apologies for the mistake.