Is Kim Kardashian Really Your Friend on Twitter?
Posted: April 3, 2013 by Maja Johnson
"It was Me. I let the dogs out. Now stop asking." (@TheTweetOfGod) are the usual tweets one can find on Twitter today, created to be amusing, convey humor and sometimes irony. People in general respond very positively to these humorous fake Twitter profiles, where the celebrity is used to send a funny message, tell a joke or just brighten your day with a doze of irony and black humor.
However, besides these hilarious accounts, Twitter is the home of a growing number of fake accounts where people who have created these accounts post stories as if they were the real celebrity (usually untrue things, or thing they think the celebrity would post). What is even more ridiculous, people fail to recognize real accounts for fake ones, and usually end up following the fake one, reposting the celebrity's "wise words" as way of support and loyalty.
According to the Short Awards, a site than follows social media, parody accounts and fake accounts are constantly growing and have more followers than the real ones. By analyzing the Unmetric data, this site has found that big companies like CNN or ESPN have their fake profiles visited more than their genuine ones; the fake profiles have more followers, send more posts during the day etc. Even though Twitter has specific check marks, which are used to identify whether a profile is fake or not located in the Twitter header, today's technology of Photoshop can definitely fool you once in a while.
So next time Kim pokes you on Facebook or Ronaldo tweets he is eating in this great restaurant in your neighborhood, don't jump right away. It may just be weird way of some guy on his computer to mess with your head!