shoutout to everyone who started their day with a bit of time travelling to vote in #GE0215, they got up extra early— Election 2015 (@GdnPolitics) May 7, 2015
It’s finally the day of general election in the United Kingdom and Twitter has somehow messed up its most important hashtag, leading to an absurd amount of confusion, mockery and unsurprisingly, some spot-on time-traveling jokes.
As it appears, people have been tweeting #GE0215 instead of #GE2015. The hashtag even began to trend in the region after hundreds used it to talk about the Election Day.
Although it all may have started out as a genuine typo – perhaps people were simply too sleepy at the time – its popularity is being credited to Twitter’s algorithm, which ranks the topics that are being talked about the most.
As Twitter explains the phenomenon: “This algorithm identifies topics that are popular now, rather than topics that have been popular for a while or on a daily basis, to help you discover the hottest emerging topics of discussion on Twitter that matter most to you.”
Perhaps in the midst of the general election tweeting frenzy and the variety of hashtags in use, the ranking system made a mistake and contributed to the rise of #GE0215, but the people on Twitter had a field day poking fun at it.
Here are some of the gems that emerged from this misspelled trend.
#GE0215? That's the funniest hashtag of the day and it's only 70:55— Farty for Scotland (@MrFarty) May 7, 2015
A little concerned that democracy is in the hands of all the people who got #GE0215 trending…— richard (@richtard) May 7, 2015
I'm voting Titus Flavius, I don't care what anyone says #GE0215— Ruth Peaker (@rj_peaks) May 7, 2015