Twits of Twitter tweaking the stars
Fri August 17, 2012 10:00pm
NOT everything is as it seems in the virtual world of Twitter. For every genuine celebrity who uses the microblogging site to share their thoughts with an adoring audience, there's a parody account poking fun at their existence.
And no one is sacred; Queen Elizabeth, US president Barack Obama, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and even Pope Benedict XVI are just a handful of the prominent figures who have been lampooned over the years on the hugely popular social media site.
Closer to home, SA premier Jay Weatherill, Crows player Bernie Vince and Federal Senator Penny Wong are among those who have found themselves impersonated on Twitter.
Vince's "party boy" reputation is the focus of his fake account with the username 'BigWeekendatBernie's'. But rather than be offended by it, the 26-year-old midfielder and his Crow team-mates have embraced the humour, regularly 'retweeting' the satirical jabs.
"It's all in good fun ... all the boys love it but I think it's pretty obvious it's not me," said Vince. "I love Twitter. It allows for the general public to interact with each other as well as with celebrities and vice versa."
The man behind Vince's account, a 20-something consultant called Andrew, says he started it as a "bit of fun".
"It was around the time Bernie was in the news so I thought I'd start it and see if I could amuse myself ... I was pretty lucky a few of the Crow boys got involved in a bit of the banter," he said.
"They're not for everyone and there's some pretty average ones out there that do some bad things but it's just meant for a bit of a laugh, not to get anyone in trouble."
While Twitter's 'Parody, Commentary, and Fan Accounts Policy' states users cannot "deceive or mislead others" about their identity, Premier Weatherill admits some of his parliamentary colleagues thought the fake account @JayWetherill was the real deal.
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