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Deconstructing RumsfeldOffice: real or parody Twitter account?

Parody accounts are okay on Twitter. But how can you tell if an account is for real?

Parody accounts are okay on Twitter.

But how can you tell if an account is for real? Twitter provides two tips:

The bio should indicate that the user is not affiliated with the account subject by stating a word such as “parody,” “fake,” “fan,” or “commentary,” and be done so in a way that would be understood by the intended audience.

and

The [account] name should not be the exact name of the account subject without some other distinguishing word, such as “not,” “fake,” or “fan,” and be done so in a way that would be understood by the intended audience.

And why do I know this? Because of a tweet – and the storm that followed it – that caused me to go “huh?” I’m still having trouble accepting that this is a legitimate, not parody, Twitter account. What do you think?

By Kathy E. Gill

Digital evangelist, speaker, writer, educator. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill

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