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[METHOD] Parody Celeb Accounts (with a twist)

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by dcuthbert, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. dcuthbert

    dcuthbert Regular Member

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    I haven't tried this myself, but after seeing a screenshot of a Twitter profile I got an idea. I don't plan to use the method myself, so I thought I'd post it here and let others try it.

    I'll use the one which I came across as an example but add your own twist.

    First, create a Twitter account with a Celeb's name - there are hundreds of fake celeb accounts on Twitter so I don't think this is against their TOS, as long as you clearly mark that it's a parody account and that you're not claiming to be that person. Use their name and picture, and make the username as close to the celeb's name as possible - in my example it was Robert Downey Jr, so they used a photo of him, set their name as "Robert Downey Jr" and made the username "RobertJrDowney" - at first glance it looks like the real thing.

    Loads of people will naturally start to follow your account thinking it's the real thing (feel free to get some followers from Fiverr so it looks more popular). Now, start to tweet random things, jokes etc and your followers will start to build.

    Here's the twist - in amongst normal tweets, tweet something controversial but funny. Nothing too sick, but just a little offensive and controversial that would end up all over the papers if a celeb really said it. Take a screenshot of the tweet (make sure the name, photo etc is visble) and upload the screenshot to some funny image websites, submit to digg/reddit etc, get people with loads of Facebook friends to post it on their wall, basically make the image go viral. The end result is thousands of people will then visit the Twitter account in the screenshot (ie yours) and you'll get a load of extra followers.

    In the example I came across, the fake Downey Jr account posted a joke about Chinese people, and loads of people shared it on Facebook etc thinking it was the real Robert Downey Jr who said it.

    The example I'm using now has 160,000 followers - when I looked yesterday it had 145k.

    The example is:
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    https://twitter.com/RobertJrDowney
    The tweet I'm referring to is on 1st August, and says "China has really impressed me in the Olympics. They use the same person for every event." - if anyone on here finds the joke offensive then let me know and I'll edit it out my post.
     
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  2. lostpassword

    lostpassword Junior Member

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    Thanks to OP for sharing this.

    But you will need to have a twist on this if you want to make any money.
     
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  3. AngelaRoberts11

    AngelaRoberts11 Regular Member

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    this is great, and you could even make website about that celebrity and add there jokes too and direct people there and make money from adsense etch..
     
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    mangobajito Power Member

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    Getting followers is not so easy
    once you got followers it will be easy task though
    I have seen many accounts like this they just post jokes and get 100's of retweets which help them to get more followers
    some of them just use chacha affiliate program
     
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    closedCaption Regular Member

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    Great twist, however I wonder how would people react to "commercial tweet" like "Robert likes this weight loss plan". Is is than becoming illegal or something, in light of FTC's crackdown on false testimonies?
     
  6. CEPI

    CEPI Power Member

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    That's why you use this method to build the page, then after you have built a base you edit the account name if you so choose to post affiliate links etc, but you'd probably make more money flipping the account. ;)
     
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  7. nightclubpromo

    nightclubpromo Regular Member

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    What does flipping the account mean?
     
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    Checkered hat Junior Member

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    Flipping means to sell it.

    I wonder, how much troubles one can get even with *parody* disclaimer? And how you mention in your post that you didn't try it yet and won't try and show us example? Your exemplary account doesn't belong to you, right?
     
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    Parody accounts are allowed by Twitter TOS as long as you write the term "parody account" or "not the real...." in the bio. The only trouble you may have is it the celebrity attorney's or representation contact you. Which is very very rare as long as you aren't going crazy posting extremely hateful things.
     
  10. dcuthbert

    dcuthbert Regular Member

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    The example account doesn't belong to me - I saw a screenshot from that account going viral which is what gave me the idea.

    That was what I thought, but thank you for clarifying it.