"25 Scalzis Not To Follow on Twitter"

2009
May
15

One blogger I have long respected is John Scalzi, now known as a successful and award-winning writer of Science Fiction (and who took the best of all possible routes to that career, as a writer of non-fiction books about both Science and Sci-Fi). I first crossed paths with him many web-epochs ago, when I was first considering this Internet thingy as a potential market for my writings and he had the thankless job of providing original content for AOL. Later, I stumbled upon his blog before I started my own, when I found, to my dismay, that he was already using my first choice for a blog title: Whatever.

scalzialeSince then, I have followed his blog and his writing career (I even bought a hard copy of a book he originally gave away online), but have not participated much in commenting at the Whatever, but today, he did something I took as a funny-writing challenge.

He had recently been honored by Wired.com as one of the 100 Geeks You Should Be Following On Twitter and in playful response, made up a list of 25 Geeks NOT to Follow on Twitter, all of which were TwitterIDs that were not currently in use* but which clearly represented most of the Major Categories of Online Undesirables:

1. @DrunkenStalker
3. @IHeartBoogers
4. @AynRandBoyToy
6. @Cats6Catboxes0
7. @BobaFart
8. @IDontBlink
9. @BathingInMayo
17. @JobsGatesSlashFan
19. @SpksOnlyElvish
21. @OwnzAZune
23. @MuggleMugger
25. @2Girls1Tweet

*of course, Scalzi’s legion of devoted fans are currently setting up Twitter accounts using those names

Of course, I almost immediately came up with some of my own:
@heckraiser
@XKCDisaboutme
@CannibalRightsNow
@MissGayCalifornia
@SwineDoctor
@elfMILF
@ToneDefJam
@LAClipperFan
@LOLscat
@GlennBeckForKing

But I also started thinking of TwitterIDs that were, well, John-Scalzi-oriented, like from the titles of his books. I discovered that @agenttothestars was a suspended account (John, have you been taunting Twitter?) so I worked on some variations.

Ladies and Gentlemen, SCALZI SOCKPUPPETS NOT TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER:
@AgenttotheAlien
@OldMansWhore
@GhostintheBrig
@TheLastColonic
@TheSaganDairy
@ZoewithaTail
@AndroidScreams
@HateMailGradiant
@UncleJohnsJohn
@TooRoughGuide
@Scarzi (and his brothers @DuelingScarzi and @AppendixScarzi)
and from his book of advice to other writers: @NotFoolingAnyone

1 Comment (so far) about

"25 Scalzis Not To Follow on Twitter"

  1. Pamela Joan Says:

    Hallooo, Down Maine (greeting I learned while trying to figure out where the cousins were in Kittery – long driveways and all)!

    Just thought you might like to know that your extension on your site is short for Montenegro, NOT Maine. Just FYI, in case you have any problems with people thinking that you’re from “overseas”.

    Love your site, by the by.

    From New Jersey

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