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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.

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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.

With jokes like this.

Dark clouds are forming over the Midlands following voluntary sexual intercourse between two unmarried persons

UkipWeather@UkipWeather

Dark clouds are forming over the Midlands following voluntary sexual intercourse between two unmarried persons

09:32 AM - 19 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

An area of low intelligence centred around the Daily Mail will cause severe outbreaks of capital letters and exclamation marks

UkipWeather@UkipWeather

An area of low intelligence centred around the Daily Mail will cause severe outbreaks of capital letters and exclamation marks

10:07 PM - 18 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

This tweet was particularly popular at the time.

Successful meeting with Ray-Ban representatives and Parisian estate agents in London this morning.

Bongo Bongo Land UK@BongoGov

Successful meeting with Ray-Ban representatives and Parisian estate agents in London this morning.

02:12 PM - 7 Aug 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

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 Marsden@rhodri

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

06:31 PM - 7 Aug 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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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.

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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.

Mark Wilson / Getty Images

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

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

Essex Lion@EssexLion

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

09:55 PM - 22 Jul 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Essex Lion@EssexLion

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

11:33 AM - 22 Feb 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

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"

Essex Lion@EssexLion

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"

01:29 PM - 26 Aug 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Chris Jackson / Getty Images

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

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

Royal Baby@IamRoyalBaby

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

10:14 AM - 25 Oct 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Royal Baby@IamRoyalBaby

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

12:32 PM - 21 Dec 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

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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

Not Pippa Middleton@Pippatips

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

02:52 PM - 2 Dec 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Not Pippa Middleton@Pippatips

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

05:28 PM - 5 Nov 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Not Pippa Middleton@Pippatips

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

07:30 PM - 2 Nov 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

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.

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