Sometimes jokes on Twitter turn into real (good) things.

(TL;DR: they’re for sale now! head to the store page. thanks. or, keep reading the origin story.)

The Joke

A while back I tweeted a joke:

Some of my friends riffed on it

I was joking based on my tendency to accidentally type :wq when i’m in vim’s Insert Mode so the text ends up inside the file (like i’m tagging it, in the territorial sense) versus a command for the editor.

The Spark

Then I got the idea (from my friend Joel) to make it a sticker. I didn’t tell anyone about it, but I got 200 of them printed. I picked a few choice people (including those that riffed with me, and Joel) looked at their twitter profiles to identify their employers, figured out their work addresses (don’t be creepy) and sent them out.


Nope, I wasn’t kidding. And furthermore, when I saw people comment on Twitter about wanting one? Guess what I did?

Even across the ocean!

The Therapy

Why on Earth did I drop a hundred dollars on printing and postage? Because every reply made me smile. Every photo posted felt like a warm hug. I’ve even seen my stickers on the laptops of speakers at conferences.

The Plan


In order to make this sustainable and fund future production runs and products, I have now made them available for sale! See the link below to jump over to the Store page. In the future I may move the e-commerce stuff to a hosted solution but for now there’s a simple PayPal form.

Thank you. I really mean that, thank you. It was fun creating and sharing these, and I hope the experiment of selling them works out. (I’ll still have freebies at meetups and for friends).


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what is squaredesign

Squaredesign is the business website and blog of Mike Susz. Have an inquiry? Get in touch and let’s see how I can help you.

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