Faking fabulous Felix                        @suellewellyn
as the world watched …                   Twitter went into freefall…
this ‘amazing’ tweet was RT’d into my timeline     *!^@!!**      Wow!
19:31        Err hello. No alarm            bells guys?        Nope, we’re all too        busy following and            re...
19:31          19:4219:46             to boldly go …              up and up …        20,000 new followers in            ju...
22:06            Good grief        you’re right ‘Felix’          ‘Everything is        possible and life is            ama...
everyone’s inspired…   to create a fake       account               © Ultra Social Ltd 2012
oh look a namechange and 3rd in the Top Tweets              © Ultra Social Ltd 2012
talking of retweets,these two were also        (ahem)    ‘right up there’                © Ultra Social Ltd 2012
a truly global event, therewas even a Spanish Felix (well it did take cojones)                              © Ultra Social...
Lesson: look before you leap                                 Yay!                               @suellewelly
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Faking Felix a twitter lesson

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A quick lesson in verification. A major news event attracts the spammers. Always check your facts before retweeting.

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  • Sue. Totally agree. But I think the issue runs deeper than social media--though the technology fits the cultural philosophy very well that says we create our reality and your reality is just as valid as my reality, tolerance for all claims, etc. In this postmodern scrambled eggs of truth and lies, people are not even concerned whether it is a factual.

    Great PPT btw
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  • @bettywantsabs Hi Lisa, I'm all for a bit of fun and agree that parody accounts are often hilarious. However, as a journalist, I'd argue (till I'm blue in the face) that verification is absolutely essential if we're to maintain trust and stop the spread of misinformation. So yes there is a lesson here. A big one.
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  • That’s what’s great about social media though, people obviously found the tweet funny and shared it, who cares who’s account it came from! That's the power of social media. Do we really need to worry about retweeting 'non verified' accounts on something that is a bit of fun? Is there really a lesson here?
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Faking Felix a twitter lesson

  1. Faking fabulous Felix @suellewellyn
  2. as the world watched … Twitter went into freefall…
  3. this ‘amazing’ tweet was RT’d into my timeline *!^@!!** Wow!
  4. 19:31 Err hello. No alarm bells guys? Nope, we’re all too busy following and retweeting © Ultra Social Ltd 2012
  5. 19:31 19:4219:46 to boldly go … up and up … 20,000 new followers in just 15 minutes © Ultra Social Ltd 2012
  6. 22:06 Good grief you’re right ‘Felix’ ‘Everything is possible and life is amazing’ © Ultra Social Ltd 2012
  7. everyone’s inspired… to create a fake account © Ultra Social Ltd 2012
  8. oh look a namechange and 3rd in the Top Tweets © Ultra Social Ltd 2012
  9. talking of retweets,these two were also (ahem) ‘right up there’ © Ultra Social Ltd 2012
  10. a truly global event, therewas even a Spanish Felix (well it did take cojones) © Ultra Social Ltd 2012
  11. Lesson: look before you leap Yay! @suellewelly

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