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Joe Nash, a Twilio developer educator, got more than he expected (or exactly what he predicted) when he posted about how a made-up Amazon Web Service cloud service would go viral and be added among required skills in job listings.

He was trying to make a point about how we share information and it worked.

He tweeted on June 30:

I am convinced that a small and dedicated group of Twitter devs could tweet hot takes about a completely made-up AWS product, idk AWS Infinidash or something, and it would appear as a requirement on job specs within a week.

The joke

As The Register reported on Monday this week, within just a few days, Nash’s theory had proven to be correct as word of the mysterious AWS InfiniDash spread across the web. One of the people fanning the flames was none other than Werner Vogels, AWS’s Chief of Technology.

He jokingly tweeted that it was the company’s most important launch ever and would happen at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

A Twitter user @_skris chimed in saying that he was making an open-source version of InfiniDash.

The joke continues

@_skris said that his version would help people to avoid getting locked into AWS. He named his open-sourced version OpenDash and touted it as the free version everyone was welcome to try. Another user, @DataMiller, added a post saying that he was forking, which took the joke to the next level.

The fork he came up with was named Dashio. Just three days after the tweet by Nash, Signal Messenger posted a job ad asking for a server engineer with AWS InfiniDash experience. The ad even stated that OpenDash is acceptable while taking a jab at IBM, which posted an ad in 2020 wanting an engineer with 12 years of experience working with Kubernetes, which has only been in existence since 2014.