A few days ago I saw (via @FabricOfFolly) that Twitter had removed and subesquently re-instated a couple of fictional Twitter accounts. As we all probably know, they were characters from the AMC (and BBC Four) show Mad Men.
It seems to have kicked off quite a debate about this kind of thing. While the terms and conditions on Facebook require you to use your real name (as Kitten Fluff can testify), Twitter doens’t seem to have any such rules. It turned out to be the result of a DCMA copyright takedown notice although the accounts went back up soon after once AMC realised that they were missing a lot of free publicity (not to mention looking a total arse).
Give it a day or so and Wired decided to round up some of the many other factional Twitter accounts. I suspect this topic has legs and will run for the next week or so getting progressively more ridiculous and less interesting.
That said it does raise an interesting issue in terms of fan fiction as well as the verification of famous identities online. A couple of weeks back there was a bit of a rush to try to establish with @JohnCleese was actually that John Cleese.
Anyway, I found all of this vaguely amusing because, by pure coincidence, I created two fictional twitter accounts about two weeks ago.
Basically, and for no good reason other than it seemed like a funny idea to me (no pun intended… actually, maybe it was intended), I decided to set up Twitter accounts for British children’s TV stars The Chuckle Brothers: @paul_chuckle and @barry_chuckle.
As anyone in the UK will know, they’re mainly famous for their “To me, to you” catch phase so I’ve basically spent the last couple of weeks tweeting “To me” and “To you” between them: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mydogminton/2806876231/ (sorry – still fairly new to WordPress and can’t work out how to put an image properly, I’ll sort it later).
Anyway, just to clarify (before I get into any trouble anywhere):
- These are not the actual Chuckle Brothers, I have no affiliation with them, and I’m using their image and catch phase in good faith.
- The Chuckle Brothers official site can be found here: http://www.thechucklebrothersontour.co.uk/
- The closest thing I can find to a BBC page for them is this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/chucklevision/
Right then. That’s my achievement for August. What next….