the vandal FruitLoopsAs a long time Twitter user, I have been through all the trending fads from ‘Whiter Teeth’ to ‘Free Spectacles’ and ‘Penis Enlargement’. But in recent months two trends have disturbed me in their ferocity. Justin Beiber and Autism.

Now maybe there’s a correlation between the two; I’m not sure. Ok, I won’t go there. But just as ‘Beiber Belieber Fever’ hit Twitter, autism became the trendy word to add to a ‘bio’ to attract sympathetic attention. Please don’t get me wrong here. I would never trivialise autism, but I can certainly get really upset at ‘fake accounts’ using it as a sympathy grabber. Lowest of lowest scum in my mind. Perhaps the lowest I’ve seen on Twitter.

Which is totally different from the ‘Beleibers’. Heavens to Betsy! A kid as yet to discover the drag of having to equip his bathroom with Gillette Blue razor blades, and quite honestly, a lad who sings like a half garrotted budgerigar with a nasal impediment should hardly warrant such attention. Well, I was going to say that such who follow him perhaps suffer from a mental condition in which fantasy dominates over reality, as a symptom of schizophrenia and other disorders. But I won’t as that gets too close to defining something I mentioned earlier.

I much prefer Tweets about coffee to be honest. And the weather and what Tiger Woods can’t manage to do anymore. I can even suffer ‘coaches’, who must all be on a crusade to save us all from, well, everything. Quoters on ‘Twitter Auto Pilot’ even give me a smile from time to time along with certified ‘fruit loops’ who continue to try to convince me that the world will end last Thursday.

Please Twitter, keep the ‘fruit loops’ coming, but really, enough of the other two.

Have You Noticed The Trend?
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3 thoughts on “Have You Noticed The Trend?

  • 03/07/2011 at 5:50 pm

    I hear you mate. Trouble is Sicko's will always use something like autism to gain false sympathy. I feel for the genuine autism sufferers, don't you?

    As for Justin Beiber, not to worry. In a few months time there will be another to take his place – I hope. :)

  • 03/07/2011 at 11:40 pm

    There's actually a lot of 'false sufferers' of various diseases online.

    It amazes me what people will do to get attention these days. Or to make a buck.

  • 04/07/2011 at 2:56 am

    Hey Derek!

    I hadn't actually noticed this trend, but then again I haven't been spending a lot of time on Twitter lately. I'm not all that surprised, though.

    Maybe it is just me, but I would have thought that if you did suffer from a debilitating disease, you probably wouldn't brag about it. Surely you'd want people to follow/friend/like you because they get some positive value from the relationship (ideally this value flows both ways), not because they feel sorry for you.

    Kind regards,
    Steve (proud non-belieber)

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