The shady business of parody Twitter

You may remember “Fake Steve Jobs“, a blog supposedly written by the Apple founder that ran from 2006-2011. Although some folks didn’t get the joke, it was pretty obvious that it wasn’t really Jobs. It was also pretty well written and more or less original. But with the rise of Twitter, a new kind of parody personality has emerged that isn’t quite so well done or original. It’s all part of a shadow industry of “influencers” that will take your money in exchange for building you a following via relentless flogging on Twitter. As usual, Twitter seems unable to make up its mind on whether or not to allow them.

Of course, there are still plenty of parody accounts that are just one person who’s doing it for the laughs, including that short-order cook in Peoria.

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