All work and no play makes Jackie a dull girl

Remember, it’s social media. By taking a social approach, I have won work direct from Twitter. Perhaps surprisingly, I was recently invited to review and rewrite a website in response to a link I tweeted to an Innocent Drinks’ game for kids!

As well as following various business contacts, I also follow a few genuine celebrities who tweet interesting stuff (you can tell whether they’re verified accounts if there is a tick in a blue circle by their name).

Of course I follow @stephenfry. Doesn’t everybody? Sample tweets:

  • Everyone sells their ass here in Cape Town. The no. of times you hear “buy a donkey” That’ll only make sense to Afrikaans speakers, I fear
  • @Marina_203 We’ll have to face the fact that it can’t have been me. I believe i’ve never had a “Chicken McNuggett” and fear I never will.
  • The nice people @iglooanimations have animated a conversation I had somewhere with someone: dashed if I remember it!

And I follow some spoof accounts that make me smile. Here are some of their typical tweets:


  • Final preparations for Zara’s wedding tomorrow. If Mr Tindall hasn’t had his nose done, the whole thing is off. One can assure you.
  • One is delighted that you’ve made such an enormous profit, British Gas. No doubt you’ll be immediately cutting fuel bills?
  • Ok people, Gin O’Clock. It’s all downhill to the weekend from here. #ginoclock


  • Yes, “Diagon Alley” is a play on the word “Diagonally.” No, you’re not clever for figuring that one out.
  • The Greatest Harry Potter Moments all involve Severus Snape. If you disagree, you are wrong.
  • #ThingsWeLearnedOnTwitter: Muggle schools don’t do a good enough job of teaching the difference between “your” and “you’re.”

What are your favourite spoof accounts?

5 Responses to All work and no play makes Jackie a dull girl

  1. jackiebarrie March 18, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    I’ve just discovered @WeirdHorse – another account that makes me smile so you might like to follow it too.

    Sample tweets:

    It Patrick Day. I had a Guinness and my trots are slippery. Farmer concerned. Me? I merry and horsey

    A tramp is in the field. I just manured next to it. Poor tramp

    Go on cow go. Trot out the barn. Just turn around cow, cause you’re not welcome on the farm

  2. James Coakes March 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    I enjoy @managerspeak. I have seen a few spoof accounts open up and be almost immediately suspended so I wonder what the line is that mustn’t be crossed?

    • jackiebarrie March 21, 2012 at 8:51 am #

      Great tip, James, thank you. I’ll follow that account and #ff them on Friday.

      I don’t know what the line is, but do know that an account is verified if it has a white tick in a blue circle on their profile.

  3. Jackie June 4, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    I’ve found another spoof account that’s worth a follow. @pliocenebloke


  4. jackiebarrie August 29, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    On a topical note, I’ve been recommended to @50ShedsofGrey and @KimJongNumberUn and @EssexLion (didn’t take long for that account to garner lots of followers!)

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