So “Weird Twitter” is a thing. If you need a little background be sure to check out Weird Twitter Explained by Nick Douglas. At a high level it’s a collection of Twitter accounts that together write in a similar and less accessible writing style. There’s a lot of personas and insider jokes going on that are extremely funny to an extremely specific audience.
When it comes to the tech industry and startups we have our own little Weird Twitter happening. Ours consists mostly of parody accounts and lighthearted mockery of our unique industry. These accounts make for a nice break from the usual drudgery of tech found on Twitter each day.
Here’s a handy guide to some of the accounts of note.
One of the original tech parody accounts this basically started it all. As the story goes, its creator would go on to become an integral part of Twitter’s history. Before that he poked a little fun at early Twitter investor Chris @Sacca.
Finished cycling across USA. Next, cycle back across USA to hear the fascinating stories of those who met me
— fakesacca (@fakesacca) October 22, 2009
Perhaps one of the best examples of Weird Twitter for tech, this giant dinosaur spits out fire and advice for entrepreneurs.
BEST TIME TO FIX BAD CODE IS WHEN YOU WRITE IT.
— FAKEGRIMLOCK (@FAKEGRIMLOCK) February 21, 2013
When two star-crossed investors are united, magic happens.
A hoodie!A hoodie!My kingdom for a hoodie.
— Startup Shakespeare (@StartupShakespr) August 13, 2011
Looking for a good VC? How about a bad one instead?
it’s the weekend… Don’t Pitch Me, Bro.
— The Bad VC (@BadVC) August 1, 2009
A parody account so good you might have trouble telling these tweets apart from the real @Alexia Tsotsis.
If you can’t beat ’em, limit their API access.
— Fake Alexia (@alexia_tsotsis) September 7, 2012
Despite his large investment in Twitter, well-known Russian investor Yuri Milner does not tweet. So this parody account will have to do for now.
I find some money in couch. Give to the Twitter.
— Yuri(@yurimilner) August 1, 2011
Tech is constantly close to repeating another bubble. This account serves as our official doomsday clock.
$40 million funding for a pre-launch photo sharing app with no clear biz model… Now we’re talkin’
— The Tech Bubble (@the_tech_bubble) March 24, 2011
@Pendinglarry (now private)
After an earnings release was published prematurely this topical Twitter account fired off a few zingers. A few days later @matthewkeys claimed credit as the author.
Tech headlines range from the brilliant to completely absurd. Some where in middle of that is this account publishing consistently funny headline mockery.
I’m Replacing My Old, Black Rectangle With This Brand New, Black Rectangle Because This One Is New
— NextTechBlog (@NextTechBlog) March 15, 2013
Are you ready to be thinkfluenced? Can cloud computing stop malaria? Find out from this brilliant account authored by @RurikBradbury
Will Big Data be replaced by Cool Data?
— FakeJeffJarvis (@ProfJeffJarvis) February 23, 2013
Blessed be our valuations and forgive us for our sins to find revenue.
Am I enough of an authority figure to self-sign an SSL certificate? I’m having trouble convincing @digicert that I’m really Jesus.
— Jesus H. Christ (@StartupJesus) June 25, 2011
Is the Series A Crunch real? It must be because it has its own Twitter account.
Andreessen passed on us but they did invest in a message board for rap lyrics. Now I’ve got 99 problems and apparently a pitch is one.
— Series A Crunch (@SeriesACrunch) December 2, 2012
The path of the righteous startup founder is beset on all sides by the inequities of the fundraising process.
VCs taking credit for a startup success is like the salt taking credit for the chicken tasting good.
— Startup L. Jackson (@StartupLJackson) December 28, 2012
Get lean you must.
tempted by vanity metrics you will be
— Lean Yoda (@LeanYoda) October 4, 2011
Pro blogger @RyanLawler is a nice guy and loves getting pitches from PR pros. This account is a must read for those looking to change the world with a “Pinterest inspired” layout.
Just before I post each story, I pause and imagine the joy I’m about to bring to the PR pro reading it, who helped make it happen #synergy
— Ryan Lawler (@niceryanlawler) October 16, 2012
@fauxstolo (Formally @fakedorsey)
Here’s where Weird Twitter Tech Edition ends, much like how it began. Weird.
A fake account for Twitter CEO Dick Costolo that used to be a fake account of Twitter creator @Jack. Stay with me now.
That account (@fakedorsey) is now home to a mock account for the short lived Bravo TV show “Silicon Valley”. Someone changed the name at one point and the tweets stopped flowing on both accounts. The secrets of this and so many other Twitter shenanigans we just may never know…
— Not Dick Costolo (@fauxstolo) March 7, 2013
Stay weird, Twitter.