Update July 14, 2021 at 3:46 pm ET: We did it.
If you’re wondering how you can make a difference in the world, Microsoft’s giving you a chance right now: Give its silly tweet a like, and you can help score Clippy a job as an emoji in Microsoft 365, replacing the existing paperclip emoji.
Clippy has been inching his way back into Microsoft’s good graces in recent memory, predominantly as a model for the company’s various wallpaper and background endeavors. But what Microsoft’s offering right here? This is a full-time gig. Sure, it’s not as glamorous as harassing people in Word all day long, but hey, it’s enough for Clippy to put food on the table for himself and whatever little paperclip family he’s got going on these days.
Don’t stop at just liking the tweet, though. Take it further. Scroll down and see all the beautiful fanart Clippy enthusiasts have cooked up. Said art won’t be reposted here for reasons that should become apparent the second you see it yourself, but the point is, it’s truly incredible the kind of passion Clippy inspires in people. It’s the kind of stuff that gives Sonic the Hedgehog fan artists a run for their money.
Alternatively, don’t like the tweet. Keep Clippy out of a job and ensure that Microsoft’s usual branding remains sterile and dull. Refuse to let an ounce of joy or ray of sunshine pass through the corporate clouds.
Just kidding. At the rate Microsoft’s tweet is collecting likes, Clippy will be signing a contract and collecting his first fat check (of many) no later than this evening. You can’t stop Clippy. No one can.