A Canadian has won a contest for writing the “world’s most beautiful tweet.”
Marc MacKenzie of Edmonton took top prize in the online competition, organized by the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts in the U.K.
His tweet: “I believe we can build a better world! Of course, it’ll take a whole lot of rock, water & dirt. Also, not sure where to put it.”
MacKenzie, whose Twitter name is @marcmack, sent in dozens of tweets in a bid to win the contest.
He had about 157 followers before he was announced as the winner.
About 24 hours later, his followers had grown tenfold.
“It’s quite an honour, to be sure, and quite something to live up to!” he tweeted.
In an interview, MacKenzie said he thinks his tweet was successful because there’s “something wonderfully ridiculous” about it.
“It comes out of this idea of the social justice cry, `build a better world...’ For starters, where would you put it?”
He said he’s found it “a little overwhelming” how far afield the story of his win has been played.
“I was tickled when the BBC said they’re going to put the story on their website,” he said. “And then shortly after that, I got a message from Norway saying I’ve just read about your win on a Norwegian website. And similar stories started coming in from Sweden, Poland and Israel.”
MacKenzie said people had always enjoyed the little status updates he wrote on his Facebook page, so making the transition to tweeting seemed natural.
“It’s like a web 2.0 haiku. You’ve got this constraint of 140 characters, which is hard to work with sometimes. But I try as much as possible to maintain spelling, grammar and punctuation, which adds a little extra challenge.”