Twitter has a rich tradition of spoof accounts that are used to parody public figures, organizations, and fictional characters.
And Yukon is no stranger to the trend, naturally boasting a colourful collection of online lampooners.
Before I get to that, though – just in case you’ve been living in a cave for the last seven years – here’s a brief introduction to Twitter.
Simply put, Twitter is one of the internet’s most popular social media platforms, currently boasting about a half-billion accounts.
Average folk like you and I (@robulack), alongside luminaries the likes of US President Obama (@BarackObama) and Yukon Premier Pasloski (@YukonPremier), regularly leverage its 140-character limit to publicly crack wise and inform alike.
Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) is currently Twitter’s most popular resource with over 42 million followers – more people than live in Canada.
But that makes you wonder: how do we know it’s really Justin Bieber on Twitter?
Well, it just so happens that Twitter verifies the accounts of its most famous users. You can tell that Bieber’s really Bieber by the blue checkmark badge on his profile page.
Ironically, it’s the platform’s strong tradition of spoofers that led Twitter to start verifying accounts.
Unlike on Facebook and Google Plus, Twitter doesn’t require that you prove who you are. As long as it’s available, you can register any name and assume whatever identity you like, anonymity intact.
This golden opportunity to have fun is not lost on Yukoners. Continue reading