It had to happen, I guess. The popularity of the faux Twitter account @BPGlobalPR has spawned a legion of imitators. As Mashable reported recently, “The @[insert name here]GlobalPR Twitter account is a true blue meme.”
Faux Twitter accounts are nothing new. (Remember @FakeSarahPalin?) But it takes timing, originality and just the right level of acerbic satirical commentary to pull it off. The success of @BPGlobalPR comes from the mix of those three elements.
@IsraelGlobalPR may also have what it takes to separate from the pack of imitators. The account’s timing was impeccable — it launched the same day Israeli commandos raided that flotilla headed for Gaza — and its focus is narrow enough and its voice consistently in character. But other copycat GlobalPR accounts, such as @USAGlobalPR, are just horrible imitations. My Twiter pal @KyleJudah and I agree that this slew of faux Twitter copycats are more lame than meme-worthy.
Maybe the whole @[insert name here]GlobalPR meme just needs better PR. Sadly, I don’t think @PRGlobalPR is up for that challenge.