I have no idea how these people got their #mathowielove wedged into their internets.
But I think I know why.
A year ago today, Matt shared with us the following tweet
: "I passed out at home had a seizure, went to ER, did a cat scan and they found a growth. Awaiting surgery in the next week to remove it."
Whether you follow him on Twitter, you saw the post on MeTa
, or you read about it elsewhere online, you probably remember it. You probably also remember the outpouring of love and support — initiated by Anil Dash — with the #mathowielove hashtag. In an amazingly short time, over a thousand #mathowielove flowers bloomed. Within six weeks, though, as Twitter search is wont to do, the #mathowielove tweets became unsearchable. When the last #mathowielove tweet disappeared, Matt poignantly wrote
, "Sad the original #mathowielove tweets are gone from Twitter Search. @ev you're kinda building a cultural artifact here, db issues be damned".
To let Matt know that we're thinking about him still, and hoping for his continued recovery, I (with some trusty sidekicks) gathered up the tweets and made a webpage, at mathowielove.com
. They're there in chronological order, waiting for you to visit, to read through, and to reflect on a great man and the many ways he's touched all of our lives.
But wait. There's more.
I had help on this, and the project wouldn't have happened without their assistance — in the run-up, I got enthusiastic encouragement and connections from Marc Hedlund, Nelson Minar, Anil Dash, and from Mark Trammell and Ryan Sarver (both at Twitter); at PeopleBrowsr, Gloria Fumagalli and Jodee Rich actually mined the database to help us pull the tweets we needed; Marco Arment helped with browser testing (but if you hate the way it looks, that's my fault). Many, many thanks to all of them. And to the 1,100+ of you who originally tweeted your love and support to Matt. And, of course, thanks go to #1.
Matt, you are loved. Be well, friend.
- There's also an iPhone and an iPad-optimized version of the site.
- There's a print-optimized stylesheet for those of you who hate trees and want 97 pages of #mathowielove.
- And there's even an iPhone app (of sorts) ... just click on the "+" sign at the bottom of your iPhone screen and then select "add to home screen". You'll get Matt's smiling mug waiting for you on your iPhone, whenever you want.