We reported yesterday that social networks were abuzz with New York Times blogger Nate Silver’s success predicting the outcome of the presidential election. Today, the meme has morphed into a #drunkNateSilver (or drunk Nate Silver) predicting — well pretty much everything.
Twitter users are also bemused by the appearance of some promoted tweets from the New York Times alongside their searches for #drunkNateSilver.
The company “purchased many terms related to Times political coverage including some very general terms related to Nate and the FiveThirtyEight blog” as “part of a social media marketing campaign … to help drive engagement with our election 2012 coverage,” according to spokeswoman Eileen Murphy.
Here are some of the tweets:
Drunk Nate Silver stumbles through traffic on the Jersey Turnpike, screaming out what time each driver will get home. #DrunkNateSilver
— Dave Levitan (@davelevitan) November 8, 2012
drunk nate silver sighing loudly while looking over a russian lady’s shoulder as she does sudoku on the subway
— max read (@max_read) November 8, 2012
Drunk Nate Silver predicted the exact date that someone would touch MC Hammer. #drunknatesilver
— Brendan Honeycutt (@brendan_as_art) November 8, 2012
Don’t bother giving the Breathalyzer Test to Drunk Nate Silver. He knows what he’ll blow to the ten thousandth percent. #DrunkNateSilver
— Don Van Natta Jr. (@DVNJr) November 8, 2012
drunk nate silver doing a 3 am webinar for his ex with charts and graphs that should finally make it clear
— Sarah Pavis (@spavis) November 8, 2012
One user is calling for a game of “One Degree of Drunk Nate Silver separation.”