Basically my Tom Baker tweet of five weeks ago has broken all records, with 1,074 retweets and perhaps over 600,000 impressions directly, plus an unknown number (maybe 20% more, maybe 40%) who picked it up and modified it.
As I said at the time, my only regret was not giving more prominence to the source. It's difficult to imagine that I will equal that level of virality again any time soon.
Up till then, my most retweeted tweet of all time was this one, a mere 92 retweets which still eclipsed my previous record of 33:
Dalek Found At Bottom Of British Pond, Probably Just Biding Its Time http://t.co/rAOvats1JJ Be afraid. Be very afraid.— Nicholas Whyte (@nwbrux) May 23, 2013
Not quite so many retweets for this one a couple of weeks later (86 rather than 92), but slightly better eyeball numbers (about 100,000 rather than 40,000, thanks largely to Charles Stross and Nick Harkaway) for a tribute to a favourite author:
Iain Banks quotes http://t.co/dQLmUAAKFL Too many good lines here to single any one out.— Nicholas Whyte (@nwbrux) June 10, 2013
The Tom Baker tweet got 43 direct replies, which is another record. Two other tweets managed 7, one a completely inaccurate prediction about the Mid Ulster by-election, and one where the replies may look like an irrelevant trolling of a Foursquare checkin with commentary about Somali politics, but it's actually a fair cop as I was at the cafe for a public meeting about Somali politics. Seven was also the previous year's record.
I am up from 1,296 followers on 15 December last year to 1,625 today.