I’m sure you’ve encountered “weird Twitter” at some point in your social media life (if you have a Twitter account). The history of weird Twitter is long, storied, and complicated. It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact beginnings of this underground, offbeat movement that took shape deep in the bowels of Twitter. Many believe weird Twitter was born in a subforum called F**k You And Die on the site SomethingAwful.com. It was here that many a weird Twitter pioneer posted his/her musings. To name a few: @fart, @leyawn, @dogboner, and @cheesegod69 (Herman & Notopoulos, 2013).
On KnowYourMeme, weird Twitter is defined as “a loosely connected group of Twitter users who are known to experiment with spelling, punctuation and format for humor or poetry” (“Weird twitter,” 2013). BuzzFeed explains it as “an intentionally wrong style of idiotic comedy” (Herman & Notopoulos, 2013). These descriptions don’t really do it justice, though. It’s stuff like this gem from @tree_bro:
One of my favorite weird Twitter handles is @coffee_dad, who tweets only about coffee.
Every once in a while, though, @coffee_dad’s tweets delve a little deeper, into the disturbing tale of his son’s death. Pretty weird.
In a recent article for The New Yorker, Susan Orlean digs deep into one of the most prolific weird Tweeters: the guys behind @horse_ebooks, Jason Bakkila and Thomas Bender. They took over a Twitter account originally used to advertise ebooks, and tweeted segments of texts from books they found. The world was convinced it was a robot.
When people found out there were actually humans behind the account, some were mad. But some called it art.
There’s an ongoing debate about whether these Twitter accounts can be called art. You decide, I guess. Maybe it’s not art. But whatever it is, it’s funny. If you’re into that. (Read: if you are weird.)
Herman, J., & Notopoulos, K. (2013, APRIL 05). Weird twitter: The oral history. Retrieved from http://www.buzzfeed.com/jwherrman/weird-twitter-the-oral-history
Weird twitter. (2013, AUGUS 14). Retrieved from http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/weird-twitter