Internet 28 April 2013 Happy Ed Balls day, one and all We just can't leave that infamous tweet alone. Print HTML Two years ago today, Ed Balls tweeted his own name: Ed Balls — Ed Balls (@edballsmp) April 28, 2011 It was a name search gone awry. But, crucially, the Shadow Chancellor never deleted it, so 15,000 of us have now enjoyed retweeting it, and a meme was born. Today, it is celebrated: Happy birthday, Ed Balls - twitter.com/ed_son/status/… — Huw G (@ed_son) April 28, 2013 The man himself gave an interview to the Mirror yesterday, in which he expressed his bafflement at people's fondness for tweeting his name (with a dig at Osborne thrown in for good measure): I think the best thing I can do is not look at Twitter and bury my head in the sand - like George Osborne on the economy. His tweet made "news": Tweeps, don't forget it's Ed Balls day tomorrow: #EdBalls twitter.com/Josiensor/stat… — Josie Ensor (@Josiensor) April 27, 2013 Google got in on the act (not really): Wonderful to see folks at Google joining in on #edballsday twitter.com/ThePoke/status… — The Poke(@ThePoke) April 28, 2013 It even spread off Twitter into the real world: And people have inserted it into the world of cartoons: [If this kind of thing floats your boat, Buzzfeed has a pretty exhaustive list.] As well as people just tweeting "Ed Balls" (and trust me, there will be lots of those today), it spawned copycat tweets: Tom Jamieson — tom jamieson (@jamiesont) April 27, 2013 There are even now "Ed Balls" hipsters: I dunno, I used to love Ed Balls but he's just so commercialised these days. I prefer to just concentrate on the Icelandic elections. — rowan davies (@rowandavies) April 27, 2013 And those who express their enjoyment through song: I was happy in the haze of a drunken hour, but heaven knows I've missed Ed Balls now. — Juliet Jacques (@julietjacques) April 28, 2013 Twitter will most likely feel like this today: Have we reached "Peak Ed Balls"? The Guardian advises going for a walk in the sunshine instead, which might not be a bad idea... Crazy as it is, I hope you all have a fabulousday - I'm off out now for a long Sunday walk... — Ed Balls (@edballsmp) April 28, 2013 › David Cameron said "we are all Thatcherites now". Apart from him, it would seem Ed Balls, obvs. Photograph: Getty Images Caroline Crampton is web editor of the New Statesman. From only £1 a week Subscribe More Related articles The Tories are the zombie party: with an ageing, falling membership, still they stagger on to victory Why the philosophy of people-rating app Peeple is fundamentally flawed Will George Osborne soften the tax credit cuts for low-earners?