World War III began trending on Tuesday after the Turkish military downed a Russian fighter jet close to the Syrian border, quickly sending a terrified Twitter into panic.
Yet rather than indicating the genuine start of a third world war, the "most intelligent social network" appears to have simply sparked a self-fulfilling trend circle sending the phrase to the top of the site.
People appeared to be longing for an answer to the question, "Has World War III begun?" It appears that answer is no. Well, not yet.
Here's how the drama unfolded...
The vicious trend circle
Most of the reason that World War III is trending is due to people tweeting that World War III is trending.— Mark Towers (@MarkDTowers) November 24, 2015
@MarkDTowers most of the tweets I see are people pointing out that people are pointing out world war 3 is trending— Caol Adams (@EdinCaol) November 24, 2015
World War III is trending on Twitter. But most posts are just about the fact that World War III is trending on Twitter. Just like this one.— Martin Caparrotta (@MartinCap) November 24, 2015
World War III is trending. this is the kind of tweet that is making it trend— Andrew McVittie (@vougiedipond) November 24, 2015
The film analogies
World War II was a rare case where the sequel was better. Doing World War III will ruin the franchise. #SayNoToTheTrilogy— Ash (@harrichun) November 24, 2015
My sources tell me that World War III isn't a sequel, it's a total reboot of the human race.— Angry Salmond (@AngrySalmond) November 24, 2015
At least World War III won’t last very long, unless it’s directed by Peter Jackson.— paul bassett davies (@thewritertype) November 24, 2015
World War III is trending. Wonder if it'll be spit into two parts and released separately to make more money?— Jack McFadden (@LedZeppJack) November 24, 2015
If you could just please refrain from starting World War III until after Star Wars, that would be just great. Thank you.— GenErik (@ErikVeland) November 24, 2015
The genuine concern
So 'World War III' is trending, there best not be a World War III! my yogurt expires next week😟— ෴ᴋᴀᴛ෴ (@LetM3Dr0wn) November 24, 2015
Me: *wakes up feeling good this morning for the first time this year*
Twitter: World War III coming lol
Me: okay well I tried.— Cathal Commane (@CathallyC) November 24, 2015
I see World War III is trending. Sorry to disappoint but my diary is full with other things. We'll need to reschedule.— jamesmb (@jamesmb) November 24, 2015
Me: What a lovely crisp morning, let's see what's happening on Twitter!
Trending List: World War III
Me: THANKS— Debbie M (@heavenstobetsie) November 24, 2015
I cannae be bothered with a World War III. Too busy at the moment.— THE PYRAMID (@robertflorence) November 24, 2015
I hope World War III hasn't broken out because I've got some really important meetings and it'll be a nightmare rescheduling— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) November 24, 2015
The high-brow analysis
The worst thing about World War III would be the Sainsbury's advert afterwards.— Rick Burin (@rickburin) November 24, 2015
Everyone else is in a panic about World War III. I'm sitting here scoffing chocolate and writing about cats, as per usual #writerlife— Lacey Dearie (@laceydearie) November 24, 2015
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/ \— Louis (@officialouise) November 24, 2015
Can't believe I've lived to see the day of World War III ... AND I get to see it trending on twitter!!!— Morgane le Fay☾ (@morgancrawf) November 24, 2015
@BlogsofWar WW2.9.1— J.M. Berger (@intelwire) November 24, 2015
Calm it, Twitter.