The Definition Of Open Is… Missing

Update: Stand down everyone, Twitter simply lost the tweet then restored it!

A few minutes ago, Android chief Andy Rubin sent out his 6th tweet. A milestone. Never mind that they’re all self-serving promotion with Rubin never responding to anything or really giving anything in the way of context. They’re all awesome. Kudos.

But wait. I thought this was his 7th tweet…

That was the response I kept getting after noting Rubin’s milestone. But I counted and counted again. Six.

Not so fast.

Turns out, the people are right. This was actually Rubin’s 7th tweet, but he deleted one of them… 

Interesting. Okay, so which one? One Twitter follower, MentionOnly noticed it and appropriately, Google cache confirms:

the definition of open: “mkdir android ; cd android ; repo init -u git://android.git.kernel.org/platform/manifest.git ; repo sync ; make”

Yes, Rubin for some reason has deleted his most famous tweet. His first tweet! One that led to stories by myself and others. 

That tweet no longer exists. His first one listed is now from December 2010, trumpeting, what else: Android activations!!!!

Where did the initial tweet go? Who knows. But it sure looks like he deleted it. Deleted it in an “open” way, I’m sure.

Luckily for us all, I saved Rubin’s real first tweet from October 19, 2010. Find it below:

Update: "Open" has been redefined! (Though not by Rubin.) Phew. That was close.

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