ATTENTION! This is a public service announcement. Prestigious university presidents are invading the venting temple of all college students. Monitor your tweets and wash off your foul-fingers, because you never know who’s lurking throughout the social media kingdom. In case you haven’t heard, a gang of university presidents can be found dishing out a tweet or two on Twitter.
Imagine that you log onto Twitter to find your university president tweeting about a crazy weekend of illegal activities or protesting against the new campus policy. Where’s Ashton right, because we must be getting “Punk’d”. Well before you go deactivating your Twitter account or going through your followers to make sure your university president isn’t a creeper, let me break this Twitter invasion down a bit further.
College students and alumni from a few universities needed a few chuckles, so they’ve hoped on the bandwagon of Twitter fraud by creating accounts impersonating a list of university presidents. According to the Washington Post, “these fake accounts are used to transform suit-and-tie-wearing leaders into foul-mouthed partiers.”These pranksters are even taking the charade a step further by tweeting about problems within the university from the student’s point-of-view using the face of the big man on campus.
Jaws are dropping while tears flow from laughter from the fake account set up for Penn State’s former president, Graham Spanier, right after he was ejected from the university last November. Students make fun of Spanier’s magician pastime, with the mocking Twitter name “Magical Graham”. Other presidents being impersonated on Twitter are Florida State University President Eric J. Barron (@PrezBarron) and Columbia University President Lee Bollinger (@LEE_BOLLINGER).
Could you imagine what would happen if these presidents found out they are being mocked on one of the largest social media sites on the Internet? Technically, what could they do that would be more embarrassing then these impersonating tweets. I think it’s better off that they just take a seat, grab some popcorn and laugh as the tweets flow.
To find out if someone has beat you to the punch of impersonating your university’s president, take a look at the “Fake College Presidents” list on @PrezHuddleston’s page and the “Loh and Friends” list on @FakeWallaceLoh’s page.
Potty Mouth Presidents
Posted Apr 11 2012 - 1:19am
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