While perusing twitter, (I do have a personal account, but it is highly unlikely that a living soul will ever come across it), I found that someone was posting under the name of “StephenColbert”, the host of my favourite television program. The account consisted of a number of quotes from the show and had not been updated in quite a few months. Finding my own life extremely boring, certainly not “twitterable”, I thought it would be humourous to create another Colbert account, this one updated with some regularity and more than just quotes, but I ended posting quotes anyway due to the lack of my personal creativity. I began to notice that while twittering back and forth with people some of them reacted as if I was the real-deal. I thought that if they enjoyed thinking that they were actually interacting with Colbert, why deny them that small pleasure, as I assumed the majority of people that followed the account knew it was all done in jest. I also had a lot of fun doing it.
I myself a fan of the podcast Diggnation and a digg user, found that one of my twitter followers had submitted the post “@alexalbrecht Congrats on the 20,000 followers, also I would love a 360.” to digg. This person titled their story “Stephen Colbert watches Diggnation!” finding this hilarious I twittered about the fact that I had been “dugg”. The story proceeded to unexpectedly get on the frontpage of digg.com. It was all downhill from there, the account got about twenty-two hundred more followers, and I was inundated with messages. A Comedy Central blog made a hilarious post about the fact that Colbert doesn’t twitter, of course he doesn’t. This article hit the frontpage of digg and I found that all the fun was sucked out of my game.
Though an interesting and tremendously entertaining experiment I never meant for this to become whatever it did. I have decided to retire the account and offer it up to Mr. Colbert. He may do with it what he will.
Also for those of you asking who I actually am……Psych! As if I would tell you that.
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