So. It’s the 4th of May. May the Fourth. Claimed long ago as Star Wars Day. Because ‘May the fourth’ sounds a bit like ‘May the Force’, as in “May the Force be with you”, which is something they say quite often in the Star Wars movies, apparently.
Geeks worldwide are having a field day today. On Twitter, as I write, Worldwide Trends include ‘May the 4th’; UK trends include ‘#starwarsday’; and the US of A (where all the nutters live) also have ‘#starwars’ and ‘#maythe4thbewithyou’ trending.
You see, on Star Wars Day, lots of people Tweet “May the Fourth be with you!”, along with those other assorted hashtags – #StarWarsDay, #maythe4th, #maythe4thbewithyou…etc etc. So far, so what? I hear you ask.
Well. Last year, I Tweeted ‘May the Fourth…’as usual. Then, rather hilariously*, the following day, I Tweeted ‘May The Fifth Be With You!’ along with the hashtag ‘#StarWarsDayplusone’. And somehow, it kept going. Someone asked if I could keep doing it, as a bet or a dare (though there was no money involved, and it’s hardly very daring, so a misnomer on both counts, I think you’ll agree).
So I decided to do it for a whole year. My first Tweet everyday, usually at the stroke of Midnight, has followed the ‘[month] The [date] Be With You! #StarWarsDayplus[x]‘ format, usually accompanied by a #stillgoing hashtag, just for the hell of it.
Twitter and it’s archive being as massive as it is (I do Tweet quite a lot), and what with me not really being as tech-savvy as I’d like, I can’t, unfortunately, show you all my ‘SWD+’ Tweets. The earliest I’ve managed to find was this one from May the Ninth last year:
But they’re there, honest. Go and look me up on Twitter – @bromley001 – and see if can spot them yourself.
I’m not even much of a Star Wars fan.
(* – not hilarious)