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Fake Twitter Accounts… The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. May 27, 2010

Filed under: PR Connections,PRCA 2330 — amberlaurin @ 12:57 pm

News broke about satirical tweets of BP’s fake public relations stream, @BPGlpobalPR. With more than 20,000 followers at press time, the cynical response to the oil spill is twice as popular than BP’s actual Twitter page, @BP_America.  But should we be following fake twitter accounts?

The Huffington Post, says that we should be following some of the newest twitter dopplegangers.  This post provides the fake twitter pages for Yahoo’s CEO, Carol Bartz, facebook, paramount films, and several others.

Many of these fake twitter accounts openly admit that they are a fake but what about the ones that don’t? Here is a video about fake twitter accounts…

The question of rather to follow fake twitter accounts is up to the individual.  I’m sure that many on twitter realize that God, Satan, and even Osama Bin Laden twitters are not real and simply follow them for pure entertainment.

Twitter has a policy that states they will not take down any fake twitters unless asked to do so by the company/person being imitated request that they do so.

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5 Responses to “Fake Twitter Accounts… The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.”

  1. Kison Turner Says:

    Following a fake twitter account can be healthy or harmful, depending on the purpose of the reader. If people are visiting the twitter pages for entertainment purposes, they can be the source of a great laugh. Usually the page is satirical in nature, and aims to poke fun at the celebrity or religious figure it portrays. When people imitate celebrities with the intent to confuse the public, they are often successful. Sometimes people value the opinions of celebrities highly. When this information is not original, people follow and imitate a complete stranger.

  2. It may be safe to follow fake twitter accounts that are obviously humorous. Some satire is a little too biting and can be easily mistaken for bitterness. Following certain fake twitter accounts can make statements about yourself regarding your political opinions, religious beliefs, extracurriculars, etc. You never truly know who you are tweeting to- meaning that twitter accounts will not specifically spell out everyones beliefs and opinions, so to keep Twitter professional, I think everyone should be cautious and aware when choosing who follow and for what reasons.

  3. brooksgsu Says:

    I wrote a PR connection about BP’s fake Twitter account as well. Before reading some of the comments I got, as well as some posted here, I’d never really considered the fact that some people may be taking the fake accounts quotes as being real and from the actual source. I believe I enjoy them because I love satire, but it completely went over my head that not everyone will recognize that. I’ve changed my opinion somewhat in that I can see how these fake accounts may be dangerous, but I still enjoy them and will continue to follow them.

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