Someone once told me “Hey Sese, I didn’t know you swore so much till I followed you on twitter.” *Blank stare* Well, now you get to judge – @khlowey_songz .
So, for the purpose of this class, I chose to subscribe to a list called “Quotes.” I followed a couple of people from this list, and then other random people.
In summary, I followed a mix of people – those that tweet quotes, some funny people, some fake/parody accounts, one news website and some ordinary people. I didn’t follow anybody that was politically active. And neither did I follow any celebrities. I was trying to follow people that I would maybe not normally follow. Some parody accounts get on my last nerve and quote pages all basically recycle and steal their quotes, so following one of them is enough.
The parody account I followed though, >>>>>>>. It’s a parody account for Kris Humphries the NBA player, and although it is not politically driven, I saw a lot of what Wilson talked about in his article with respect to fake accounts. This character takes the time to remain a very exaggerated Kris Humphries. What is interesting is that he does this from the perspective of Kim Kardashian’s ex-husband. So basically, this fake Kris Humphries is one that is bitter about Kim Kardashian and her family, and uses his tweets to express those feelings. I disagree with all that stuff, but damn, this person is REALLY funny, and VERY mean and sexually explicit. Marwick and Boyd in their article discuss some of these fake accounts having satirical value or effective impersonation. With over 35,000 followers, I don’t know where this one falls.
I actually found that I followed some accounts that would have “celebrity status” on twitter. They all had thousands of followers (some of which I followed), and interestingly either tweeted rude, funny and “offensive” stuff, or very emotional and heartfelt stuff. Their followers could be considered fans because they were active in retweeting and favoriting tweets from these accounts. In seconds, some of their tweets would have been retweeted thousands of times. Unfortunately, this fan base does not exist outside of twitter, but they have to constantly tweet things their fans want to see to maintain it. Interestingly, because this exists apart from real life, the aim of this, I’m guessing, and maybe Marwick and Boyd will agree, is not for intimate or closeness with the fans. Marwick and boyd will probably argue that these “highly followed users” are just trying to tweet, retweet, and even link to items that keep not just them, but their users interested as well. This would not meet the definitions of micro-celebrity though, so, a different kind of “celebrity” maybe?
One thing that was common with almost all the accounts was a lack of political content. One of them did tweet political stuff but it was unserious and humorously stupid.
Overall, following this people did nothing to my twitter experience.
– that nigerian girl –