Behold the newest 21st-century internet scam: Twitter impersonation. Twitter, in case you don’t know, is a social networking, micro-blogging site, that allows you to tell the world what you’re doing in 140-character messages, as many times a day as you want. The verb tense of Twitter is tweet, and imagine the surprise and delight, when some of us discovered that our favorite late-night comic blusterer was tweeting. (Typical Colbert tweet: “Hey, semicolon, comma or colon? Pick a side, we’re at war.”) Even more excitement (well, at least Tom Biro and I were excited) when StephenTColbert said he was following our tweets.
Alas, the fun and games have ended. The Colbert twitterer was an imposter. From Comedy Central Insider:
You know, the Internet has been around for at least six months now, yet there are still a lot of people who haven’t quite figured out that sometimes the World Wide Web fibs. Those emails from Nigerian Princes? They’re not from Nigerian Princes. Hamster Dance? Not an actual Hamster nor actual dancing. And those Twitters written by Stephen Colbert? They’re not written by Stephen Colbert.