Twitter is a great way of keeping up to date with all the news from your favorite bands, actors, and authors, with many public figures now choosing the microblogging site as a way of breaking news about themselves on their own terms. What you may not know is that Twitter also contains a number of fake accounts that allow you a glimpse into the minds of your favorite fictional characters or of celebrities who haven’t signed up on the site.
The accounts we’ve rounded up are some of the funniest fake personas on Twitter. Between them, they could add a lot of humor to your timeline.
1. Elizabeth Windsor @Queen_UK
As a Brit, I feel duty-bound to start off this list with this fake Twitter account of the United Kingdom’s reigning monarch. Her Royal Fakeness is a sarcastic, gin-soaked tweeter forever despairing of her family and desperate for a bacon sandwich. Even if you’re not a Brit, there’s no reason not to follow @Queen_UK for her words of alcohol-infused wisdom — and a very unusual take on international politics.
Epic lie in. The DoE’s making black pudding and poached eggs. If anyone finds the Duchess of Cornwall, give one a call.
— Elizabeth Windsor (@Queen_UK) August 5, 2012
2. Darth Vader @DarthVader
From the Queen of England to an overlord of the universe. Darth Vader’s Twitter account is, as you’d expect, very keen on conquering planets, but it’s also used to share some of the problems that come with heading a vast intergalactic army. If you want to know what it’s like to try taking over the universe, Darth Vader’s Twitter account is a great starting point.
New chest unit is running a little hotter than the previous model, but my breaths are SO much more menacing now.
— Darth Vader (@darthvader) March 23, 2012
3. Death Star PR @DeathStarPR
Darth Vader’s personal Twitter account may let you into the mind of the Sith overlord, but for the PR team on the Death Star, it’s all about social network presence. Tweeting in the hope of restoring the reputation of the Galactic Empire, the Death Star’s PR team is a master class in damage control in particularly awkward circumstances.
It’s Friday! Have a few drinks, kidnap a princess, start an intergalactic space war. Live a little, you deserve it!
— Death Star PR (@DeathStarPR) August 17, 2012
4. Hal9000 @Hal9000
In between running the Discovery One, the computer star of “2001: A Space Odyssey” has found time to tweet. HAL tweets a mixture of nerdy space jokes, social commentary, and terrible puns, all of which will immeasurably improve your Twitter feed if you let them.
Either Dave has installed a “floating astronauts” screensaver or the gravity generator has failed.
— HAL 9000 (@HAL9000_) August 23, 2012
5. Dalek Thay @DalekThay
If following Darth Vader and the Death Star aren’t scary enough, you can also keep up to date with the galaxy-conquering plans of everyone’s favorite “Doctor Who” villains, the Daleks. Much as you’d expect, Dalek Thay is quite keen on exterminating people and conquering the universe, although he also finds time to chat with humans foolish enough to tweet him.
— Dalek Thay (@DalekThay) August 20, 2012
6. Sarcastic Rover @SarcasticRover
The universe seems to be overflowing with social media using robots and aliens, and the fake Curiosity rover account is one of the newest (and funniest) to join them. The real Mars Curiosity, which recently landed on the red planet, has its own Twitter account on @MarsCuriosity. While that little guy is full of hope and excitement, the Sarcastic Rover tweets as if he’s the dark side of the space bot’s personality. A little bit grumpy, a little bit profane, and very, very sarcastic, this robot is definitely one to follow.
If you see anything weird in my pics, just assume it’s an alien, okay? Even though the odds of it being a rock are literally 100%
— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) August 21, 2012
7. Voldemort @Voldemort7
Back down to Earth but still hanging out with the bad guys, “Harry Potter” villain Voldemort also seems to have discovered Twitter. The Voldemort persona on Twitter is brooding and bitter, with a dash of humor and a deep appreciation for the books that spawned him. Whether he’s plotting revenge on Harry or fleshing out plans to enslave the muggles, this is an account that’s probably a good idea to keep an eye (or extendable Twitter ear) on.
Anybody who thinks the cruciatus curse is the world’s worst pain has clearly never had a paper cut.
— The Dark Lord (@Lord_Voldemort7) August 20, 2012
8. Bill Nye @Bill_Nye_Tho
We all know Bill Nye as an erudite, passionate science communicator. The fake Bill Nye reimagines the much-loved broadcaster with much of the enthusiasm but less of an understanding of science and correct spelling. What makes this parody account work so well is the mental disconnect between our image of the real Bill Nye and the incoherent, scientifically dubious silliness of the tweets that come from the fake account.
sometimes i’ll just read the manual for my microwave for fun idk
— BILL NYE THO (@Bill_Nye_tho) August 23, 2012
9. Fake AP Style Book @FakeAPStyleBook
The Associated Press style book is consulted by tens of thousands of journalists and editors looking for proper practice in journalistic spelling, punctuation, and grammar. As you might imagine, the fake Associated Press Twitter account is the real style book’s less helpful younger brother. The fake account dispenses pseudo writing tips and twisted grammar rules to all those brave or foolish enough to follow it on Twitter. Grammar pedants who follow this account will never be bored again!
Guerrilla soldiers use unorthodox tactics. Gorilla soldiers are awesome.
— Fake AP Stylebook (@FakeAPStylebook) July 24, 2012
10. Not Mark Zuckerburg @NotZuckerburg
Appropriately enough in the genre of parody Twitter accounts, someone has created a Twitter profile for the head of Twitter’s biggest social media rival, Facebook. The fake Mark Zuckerberg is surprisingly candid with Twitter, tweeting about his stock woes and the problems that come with being the figurehead of one of the biggest websites in the world. Facebook is notorious for its tight branding and positive image, which this parody account manages to satirize perfectly.
Spent several minutes looking at a chart of Facebook’s stock price, and now I have a sudden, mysterious urge to go down a water slide.
— Not Mark Zuckerberg (@notzuckerberg) August 23, 2012
If you’ve been thinking of signing up for a Twitter account, check out our beginner’s guide to Twitter — you’ll be chatting to evil space megalomaniacs in no time!
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Sarah Gilbert is a columnist for Tecca. She has been playing with technology since a young age and learned reboot and repair Apple Mac computers via the command line at the age of 7 (thanks Dad!) She has a passion for dead languages and spends rather a lot of time writing about medieval theology, science and medicine. She believes in the good use of statistics and always remembers to carry a towel. Sarah loves working for Tecca as she gets to combine her enthusiasm for the Android operating system with her belief in making useful information as accessible as possible. You can follow her @sarahxgilbert. Tecca is a next-generation personal electronics information and shopping service. We bring together the web’s leading content, commerce, and community features to provide comprehensive solutions for consumers’ ever-growing technology needs. Think of us as that tech savvy friend who helps you when you have questions about what to buy, what to pay, how to make the most of you already have, and when it’s time to upgrade. Get to know us on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.