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Kanye West's imaginary surprise concert blows up Twitter and shakes up New York City

A very 2016 music moment.

TeamKanyeDaily via Twitter
Peter Kafka covers media and technology, and their intersection, at Vox. Many of his stories can be found in his Kafka on Media newsletter, and he also hosts the Recode Media podcast.

Kanye West is a real person who makes real music and performs real concerts.

But "Kanye West" is also very much a social media construct, whose existence on Twitter and Instagram and other platforms doesn't always sync up with reality.

The two Kanyes collided in the early hours of Monday morning, after various posts from West and his social (media) circles suggested that he was going to perform a 2 am show at Webster Hall in New York City.

An enormous crowd materialized.

and eventually so did West himself.

But the show itself never happened.

This isn't something I type a lot, but if you want to read the whole story, you may want to head to Mashable, which has collected many of the relevant Tweets, Instagrams and Snapchat captures. Twitter's Moments feature also has a good, though less complete, link-up.

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