In today’s world of extensive social media use, high-tech devices, and essentially endless high-speed Internet access, trends come and go faster than seemingly ever before. One trend that’s been around longer than most others is that of the tweetstorm, social media jargon for collections of tweets posted by one user over a relatively short period, typically a matter of hours.
Although some tweetstorms are nothing more than spam or rooted from cranial saplings dipped in figurative Twitter tirade rooting gel, a handful of users publish undeniably high-quality tweetstorms.
One of those tweetstorms came across a one-day period spanning from about 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, February 5, 2018, to 4:00 p.m. EST the following day. The publisher? None other than Shervin Pishevar, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and venture capitalist readily recognizable for his creation of Sherpa Capital and WebCO, as well as his executive-level involvement in companies like Uber, Virgin Hyperloop One, and Mozilla Corporation, the developer of the popular Mozilla Firefox Internet browser.
Here is a quick, easy breakdown of the highlights of Shervin Pishevar’s tweetstorm just over four months ago. Though Mr. Pishevar’s Twitter rampage of short, 280-character publications was ages ago in social media time, the tweetstorm is still entertaining to look back on in reflection – or peruse it for the first time if you haven’t already.
Here’s what you need to know
No person, not even the infamous 1990s telemarketer Ms. Cleo, can reliably predict the future. However, Shervin Pishevar made several predictions that have since edged scarily close to actuality.
The 24th tweet of Shervin Pishevar’s rampage claimed in part that Bitcoin, the world’s most valuable cryptocurrency, would drop from roughly $10,000 per bitcoin to somewhere between $2,000 and $5,000 per unit. Since, the mother of cryptocurrencies has dropped in value, though nowhere near $5,000.
He also claimed that the United States financial market would crash a disturbing 6,000 points “in months ahead.” The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the go-to stock index to assess the performance of the trade of financial instruments in the United States, did drop roughly 2,650 points from a January 2018 high to a post-February 2018 low.