The other day I stumbled across an interesting clique on Twitter. It all started when I chuckled at this Artic Monkeys tweet.
Top 5 Arctic Monkeys songs:
1. Love You Musn't Nick Me Mobile Like You've Done Before
2. Too Late You're Already a Wanker
3. Proper Symphony
4. Last Romance on Bank Holiday
5. Colour Me Impressed, Tesco, You've Me Favourite Crisps
— Jeremy D. Larson (@jeremydlarson) May 11, 2018
"I wonder if there's more where that came from", after all political Twitter is all a bit depressing and I'm suffering from Trump outrage fatigue. Having a few more things that make me chuckle surely can't be a bad thing.
Enter constant comedy retweet Twitter.
These users all follow each other and retweet each other constantly all day. The only things they ever post are little jokey snippets in an attempt to out-funny each other. They're all on favstar and earn "trophies" for the number of likes and retweets. Their timelines are so polluted with retweets that they all add a URL to their profile consisting of a Twitter search for themselves minus retweets.
Because the accounts are all so samey with almost identical profiles, I thought they were bots. But now I'm not so sure. They're all super enthusiastic at what they're doing, some of them have 20-30k followers and to them this is their Twitter experience.
I thought it was mildly amusing for a bit and did get a couple of chuckles. But it's relentless and never ending. I didn't look at my phone for an hour and came back to 397 unread items in my timeline. Today I unfollowed all of them.
There are hundreds of accounts to use as an example so here are a random set.
So there's that.