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What Happens To Parody Twitter Accounts Once The News Story Is Over?

What will the future of @UKIPWeather be? Well, here’s how other parody accounts have coped after the news has moved on.

1. You might be familiar with @UKIPWeather, a parody Twitter that went viral after a UKIP councillor was suspended for blaming bad weather on gay marriage.

Twitter: @UkipWeather and Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images

The account has gathered more than 108,000 followers in just a few days.

2. With jokes like this.

4. But when the news moves on do the parody accounts stop tweeting? Not always. Remember Godfrey Bloom’s “Bongo Bongo Land” comments last summer?

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And @BongoGov was created. It was popular for a short while.

5. This tweet was particularly popular at the time.

6. Some suggested that it might not be tweeting forever.

I𠆝 like to challenge whoever created the @BongoGov Twitter account to now keep it going, with daily updates, until 2014. Prize money TBC.

— rhodri (@Rhodri Marsden)

7. But it’s still going. It tweeted just a few days ago.

And it shows no signs of slowing down.

8. Many twitter parodies barely start. They tweet for a few hours, then give up when no-one really follows or there’s no material.

These were all set up when a seagull lasted on the roof of the conclave where the new Pope was being elected. They didn’t last long.

9. But there are exceptions. Remember @EssexLion, which started tweeting after reports that a Lion had been spotted in Essex? The event happened in August 2012.

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The account managed to get more than 17,000 followers in only a few days.

10. The account remained active, mainly tweeting jokes in relation to other news well after its own story was finished.

I DON'T FINK THESE ROYAL BABY TWITTER ACCOUNTS ARE EVEN REAL, YOU KNOW

— EssexLion (@Essex Lion)

EWW, HORSE MEAT IS PROPER MANK. I'M STICKING TO EATING VEGANS.

— EssexLion (@Essex Lion)

12. But, after a year, the lion finally gave up.

TIME FOR ME TO GO HOME NOW. FANKS BRUVS & BABES, YOU'VE BEEN WELL WICKED. IT'S BEEN, AS A WISE MAN ONCE SAID, "CREEPY SICK"

— EssexLion (@Essex Lion)

13. Some accounts last even longer than that. Remember @CatBinLady? The parody account started in 2010 after Mary Bale put a cat in a bin.

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14. The account stopped tweeting, but only 2 months ago. Its last tweets just look incredibly stale and tired.

15. A lot of Twitter parodies are like this. They just fade away. The exception are ones like @IAmRoyalBaby.

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The account started Kate announced her pregnancy and has amassed more than 5000 followers.

16. Because there’s going to be always news about Prince George, the baby will keep on tweeting.

I must say, I look rather glam in my christening photos. http://t.co/ugKfjUEhxY

— IamRoyalBaby (@Royal Baby)

For anyone wondering, I'd like some Lego and a One Direction poster for Christmas. Not Union J.

— IamRoyalBaby (@Royal Baby)

18. Then there are parody accounts like @PippaTips, which manages to keep going because essentially it is the same joke over and over again.

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19. It will just run and run and run and run.

Now it's the festive season you can mull wine by thinking about it very hard

— Pippatips (@Not Pippa Middleton)

Setting light to wood, paper or other combustible items is a great way to start a fire.

— Pippatips (@Not Pippa Middleton)

Enjoy the autumnal night sky by looking upwards. Or why not try enhancing it with fireworks?

— Pippatips (@Not Pippa Middleton)

22. But then again the parody account can still keep going with jokes that aren’t very good. Remember the 2012 Republican Convention, when Clint Eastwood spoke to an chair pretending that it was Obama?

Mark Wilson / Getty Images and Twitter: @InvisibleObama

Well, @InvisibleObama started tweeting. The account received more than 50,000 followers within only a few hours.

23. He’s still tweeting jokes about chairs. STILL.

 

So there might be a long future for @UKIPWeather yet.

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