Did anyone else notice strange graphs that looked like Tetris?
— Zac Davis (@zacdayvis) January 18, 2022
If so, maybe you wondered, “What is this joke that I am not in on, and is it cool? Because if so I would like to get in on it right now.” I know I did. It was a huge turnoff that I soon discovered.
These diagrams and fractions are often posted alongside them to show how fast the user was able solve an online word puzzle game. Wordle. You are given six chances to guess a five letter word. Each letter can only be used once. I could just about hear all of our ancestors rolling over in their graves together at the thought that they had sacrificed so much so that you and I could brag about figuring out that today’s word was “crazy” in only two attempts. “We knew that before you even started,” they holler back in unison.
But According to The New York TimesThe game has a sweet story. During the pandemic, Brooklyn software designer Josh Wardle and his partner Palak Shah found solace and sanity in The Times’s crossword and Spelling Bee puzzles. As a small gift, Mr. Wardle created Wordle.
The New York Times said that “Wordle is a love story.” In a way, isn’t every online bit and bob that we delight in a love story?
It turned out that the game has also been a gift to an ever-growing number of people. On Jan. 3, when The Times reported on the game’s origin, it had 300,000 players;By Jan. 13It had 2.7 Million.
Wordle is not a profitable venture. No ads are displayed. Your data is not being accessed. In fact, when 200,000 people mistakenly bought an old game with a very similar name, Wordle!, on Apple’s App Store, its creator, Steven Cravotta, decided along with Mr. Wardle All proceeds to charityTo Boost! West OaklandOakland, Calif., offers a tutoring and mentoring program for free.
It reminded me of other bits of goodness that I found online, such as this GIF of an angry Panda:
Someone took the effort to make this, so that I and you could share it during a time in which words are inadequate and laughter is crucial.
It’s the same with every GIF we repost, every meme we resend. They are all the product of someone else’s creativity and generosity. In its report, The New York Times said that “Wordle is a love story.” In a way, isn’t every online bit and bob that we delight in a love story?
I’ve started playing Wordle—of course I have. I don’t post how quickly I solved it, which I can assure you has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I am not very good at it.
However, now that I have my morning Twitter feed covered with those tiny yellow, white, and green graphs I don’t think of individuals trying to prove their intelligence but rather a collection of visual haikus. Each one telling a story about a person who made the world a better place for all of us.