Saturday, 14 April 2012

On Twitter Identities

On Twitter, people aren't always who they claim to be. A few weeks ago @FreeTheFalkland joined the debates between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands. In suspiciously broken English, the author claimed to be a Falkland Islander who simply hated being linked to Britain, and called for negotations on sovereignty. Lots of people waded in, accusing @FreeTheFalkland of being an Argentinian posing as an Islander for propaganda reasons. Eventually it turned out to be a double bluff. The author admitted being a British guy pretending to be an Argentinian pretending to be an Islander.

I'm increasingly convinced that @walken4gop (warning: link not safe for work) is probably a fake account. He caused a Twitterstorm recently after a series of racist tweets about Fabrice Muamba's collapse on the football field. He just seems a little too close to the stereotype of a racist redneck. All he seems to ever tweet about is racism and Christianity. Doesn't he ever eat breakfast? Or does it have to be a racist breakfast?

Of course I could be wrong, and somebody out there really is that much of a redneck halfwit. In which case I'll be in the corner, shedding my last traces of faith in humanity.

One that I've wondered about is @wearethebrits, an English Defence League supporter who describes himself as an ex-paratrooper. He has a tendency to refer to anyone he dislikes as a remf, in a way that reminds me of the guy at my old uni who declared himself to be working for the IRA and started pronouncing "fuck" as "feck" (strangely enough, Father Ted was on TV regularly at the time). Even the local police were unconvinced, and did no more than visit his hall of residence and tell him not to be a silly sod.

This left me wondering if @wearethebrits is genuinely an ex-Para, or what the Army Rumour Service like to refer to as a "walt". I was feeling cheeky this morning, so decided to stir the pot.


Within a minute or two of questioning @wearethebrits identity, I found myself being ascribed a new identity of my own.
As it happens, I've never attended a Unite Against Fascism demo in my life, mainly because I don't much care for the Socialist Workers Party. If I were to support an anti-fascist campaign, it would be the much more politically-astute and media-savvy Hope Not Hate.


(Welsh translation: "Byddent yn croesawu chi gyda breichiau agored" = "They will welcome you with open arms")

As it happens, I did a bit of self-misrepresentation of my own in the above thread. I don't actually like bingo.

4 comments:

  1. "the guy at my old uni who declared himself to be working for the IRA and started pronouncing "fuck" as "feck" (strangely enough, Father Ted was on TV regularly at the time).

    Even the local police were unconvinced, and did no more than visit his hall of residence and tell him not to be a silly sod."


    Ah...Mr Harris and the infamous Terrapins hall of residence!!! If he had been up to anything in there then the paper thin walls would have alerted everybody.

    The place certainly did attract some strange people...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Funnily enough I bumped into him a couple of years later at Paddington train station. He said he was in the process of applying to join the British Army.

      Delete
    2. He did...became a captain as I recall! Think he ended up in the education corps. Didn't last long though.

      He ended up trying to get in the knickers of a certain blonde Swedish student who ended up living (with her other half!) in a certain property on Station Terrace which you knew VERY well. He was, of course, unsuccessful...

      Delete
  2. You forgot WATB has a doctorate, runs an international IT company, has a unit monitoring the left wing, places RFID tags on lefties and uploads their data,is forming the "New Party" (in power by 2015), drives an Aston Martin, rides a Triumph speed triple, fought in Gulf war 1 (Paras weren't involved). Served in Northern Ireland, The Falklands and the Golan Heights, speaks Arabic, was and adjutant in the Paras. Spent a year using private detectives to track "Sarah" down in Edinburgh and report her to the police (Sarah doesn't exist)..etc, etc, I'm sure there's more. Obviously not delusional at all!

    ReplyDelete