San Francisco man's five billion tweet-feat heralds a new era

Robin Sloan, a San Francisco-based writer and technologist, is pretty well known in media circles as the former head of Current TV's internet operation. But Sloan's fame may rise to another level now that he has authored what some are calling a milestone in internet history: the five billionth tweet.

Last week, Twitter watchers noticed the service's counter was getting close to five billion, and Sloan appears to have hit the bulls eye with this epochal tweet: "Oh lord." It's our generation's "What hath God wrought."

A Twitter spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether the companies tweet-ID system is sequential, which would validate Sloan's feat, but in the meantime, DailyFinance spoke to Sloan about achieving what he calls "the Pentagigatweet."