Twitter has been becoming quite the Internet sensation these days. Celebrities have them, members of the media have them, bloggers have them, business people have them, real estate agents have them, and even regular every day people have them just to say whatever they want in less than or equal to 140 characters.
For the most part, it’s all fun and games and used to keep blog readers, customers, friends, and fans updated. But now it’s become somewhat of a concern for a few of the Washington Capitals.
Last week, Tarik El-Bashir from WaPo wrote an article about the parody Twitter accounts of the likes of Schultzie, Brooksie, and Alz.
I don’t follow any of the parody accounts, but occasionally someone will RT (or retweet) something from one of them and I’ll go to the page and check some stuff out. It can be pretty funny to see some of the stuff those people think up, but I never realized that the players were upset by it.
I think that they’re mainly upset that fans may not know that these accounts really aren’t them. Jeff Schultz told TEB, “The fans, I’m sure, all know about it. What if someone puts up the wrong thing? People might get the wrong impression of the type of person you are or the things you do in your free time.”
Nate Ewell, PR for the Caps, said that even a staff member was fooled by a fake. He has encouraged all memebers of the team to make accounts just to say, “This is the real me,” even if they never update it again.
Personally, I was well aware of the accounts being parodies since the first time I went to their pages. I always look at the Bios on Twitter pages so I read various forms of the users saying it was a fake account. Then, I’d read some other fans replying to the players, and players responding back, with those fans truly thinking they were talking to Brooks or Schultzie. It was just kind of like, “Wow. How can you not tell it’s a parody? It’s right there in the Bio.” But once you think about it, you remember that people like to skim over things these days. They’re not going to dig deep into things all of the time, so it can be easy to trick people. I don’t think any of the people running the fake accounts meant to fool people, but they way they go about tweeting makes it very misleading.
@BrooksLaich21 has since been deleted. @jeffschultz55, @kingkarl27, @alexsemin, and @josetheodore are still up and running, however. “Jeff” and “Karl” like to tweet quite often, while “Sasha” and “Theo” don’t do it as much.
If the players aren’t happy with what’s going on, I think the accounts should be deleted. It’s only right. While you can get an occasional laugh out (like this tweet from @kingkarl27: @jeffschultz55 Hey, at least you and me can look like we’re awake in our roster photos. Carlson… I dunno about that kid.), it’s time to let the parodies go.
I say let us take one out of DGB’s book.