Kevern write a bookBy Scott Bridges and Stephen Owen

On 13 November, 2013, after two stints as Prime Minister and a recent election loss, Kevin Rudd announced his resignation from the Australian parliament.

The next morning, inspired by @Seinfeld2000 which asks, “What if Sinefeld still on TV today?” Twitter user @Rudd2000 borrowed a hashtag and invited followers to “#imagen Kevin Rudd never fired and still PM today?”

Using the mangled spelling and syntax appropriate to certain timely internet memes, @Rudd2000 painted caricatures of federal politicians and other members of the media/political class.

In addition to “Kevern”, @Rudd2000 chronicled the lives of figures such as “Ablo” who has a seemingly insatiable appetite, “Crag Thomsen” who is down on his luck but loves to party, “Scot Moronsen” who takes delight in others’ misery, “Toney Abert” who is a world expert in lying, and the ever-loveable “Emmo”.

Nine months and over 3,000 tweets later, @Rudd2000 called it quits after reaching the completely arbitrary target of 5,000 followers.

Among the many tweeted tributes, user @JR_Rayner said, “It’s weird but the demise of @Rudd2000 somehow makes the end of the Rudd/Gillard era seem more definite.” User @andrew_porter suggested that future Young Labor members will ask of current members, “where were you when @Rudd2000 was assassinated?” to which Labor MP Tim Watts replied, “just about to give Wyatt [Roy] a wedgie behind the bike sheds …”