“The ephemerality of good tweets is a feature, not a bug,” Matt Levine tweeted in June. “It reminds us that life is fleeting and wit is worthless.”
The average tweet has about 15 minutes to be seen and shared before it gets buried under a stream of newer tweets, social media consultants say. But over the past year, a few of them stuck out.
Here, in chronological order, are some of our favorite tweets from 2015:
In late February, Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen reported to Congress. Neither the left nor the right let her off easy, from Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s grilling on bank supervision to Republican calls for an audit of the Fed.
Janet Yellen being interrogated by professional fundraisers.
— Downtown Josh Brown (@ReformedBroker) February 24, 2015
The Management team pic.twitter.com/CHY5zIeIy9anm klkl,
— Jeffrey Wolfe (@JeffreyWolfeMBF) March 27, 2015
On April 17, most of Bloomberg’s global terminal network went down for two and a half hours due to an “internal network issue,” shaking traders worldwide.
Wall Street traders had to SLAVE over a HOT PHONE to make their millions. Where is the justice? http://t.co/9vzu2LVJ9S
— Heidi N Moore (@moorehn) April 17, 2015
If markets move, but there is no Bloomberg Machine operational to report it, does it make a sound?
— John Ashbourne (@JohnAshbourne) April 17, 2015
Janus manager Bill Gross called for shorting 10-year bunds. But when his fund subsequently fell 2.5% after he made the trade, he chalked up the loss to poor execution.
Gross: German 10yr Bunds = The short of a lifetime. Better than the pound in 1993. Only question is Timing / ECB QE
— Janus Capital (@JanusCapital) April 21, 2015
In late May, the financial world offered some words of wisdom for aspiring Wall Streeters.
I just got 5 quarters for a dollar at the car wash change machine. Beat that. #adviceforyoungtraders
— Aaron Base (@Vines_N_Cattle) May 29, 2015
Trader on the streets, Quant in the (spread)sheets #AdviceForYoungTraders
— Lady FOHF (@LadyFOHF) May 29, 2015
— Rita Devlin Marier (@RitaDevlinM) June 18, 2015
On July 8, United Airlines, the New York Stock Exchange and the website of The Wall Street Journal all suffered temporary outages.
— Brian Foster (@FosterDigital) July 8, 2015
If Twitter goes down, I’m just gonna yell tweets out my window.
— Ivan the K ™ (@IvanTheK) July 8, 2015
— Michael Santoli (@michaelsantoli) October 9, 2015
I’m pretty sure Black Friday is the closest thing we have to The Purge.
— Stephen Lunsford (@Lunsfuhd) November 12, 2015
Man. Oil this year is just a dead fat guy. pic.twitter.com/nff0iqIrYc
— Nicholas Johnston (@FirstWordNick) December 11, 2015
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