Apple CEO Tim Cook today joined Twitter and set out his first tweet. The contents of the tweet were hardly noteworthy, I know but a first is a first. Within six hours Cook has racked up more than 104,000 Twitter followers, and counting.
Visited Retail Stores in Palo Alto today. Seeing so many happy customers reminds us of why we do what we do.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) September 20, 2013
Twitter has been in the news more than usual this week, and because it’s Friday I thought I would do something a little different, and a little fun.
The technology industry doesn’t have much of a sense of humor about itself. Fortunately the folks behind some pretty hilarious parody Twitter accounts do.
Top parody Twitter accounts
Satire has a long and cherished history. Satire allows us make fun of the wealthy and the powerful, and remind them (and ourselves) that we’re all human. Whether they’re impersonating Tesla founder Elon Musk, or trolling CUNY journalism professor and futurist Jeff Jarvis, these parody twitter accounts invite us to laugh at ourselves.
While you can't get the groundbreaking FlipBoard app on Android, we do offer FlipBird. It's exactly what you think it is.
— AndroidPR (@AndroidPR) March 25, 2011
Google’s feelings of smartphone inferiority in the face of Apple’s dominance. Sadly this account has ceased tweeting.
Bored Elon Musk
Solar panel umbrella that charges your smartphone and protects your pasty white skin from melanoma. (The phone will still give you cancer).
— Bored Elon Musk (@BoredElonMusk) August 28, 2013
Restless billionaire and boy genius Elon Musk shares a stream of consciousness flow of world-changing (and superfluous) inventions to improve humanity.
Death Star PR
% of Death Stars blown up by Rebels: 100% % of planets blown up by Empire: 0.00000000000000000001% Pretty obvious who the REAL bad guys are.
— Death Star PR (@DeathStarPR) August 24, 2013
Just because the dark side represents all that is evil in the Universe doesn’t stop them from hiring a PR firm. Every story has two sides, right? Anything to discredit those pesky rebels.
I just washed down a sleeping pill with Redbull. LET THE BATTLE BEGIN!
— I'm Siri! (@Drunk_Siri) September 20, 2013
Acerbic. Occasionally funny. Always quick with a punchline punchy. Your favorite digital personal assistant has a foul mouth and won’t keep it to herself.
Fake Jeff Jarvis
Will the degree of the future simply be a LinkedIn badge?
— FakeJeffJarvis (@ProfJeffJarvis) September 16, 2013
CUNY Journalism professor, futurist and the author of ‘What Would Google Do‘ spouts buzzwords about media disruption and the future of everything.
Not Mark Zuckerberg
What goes on inside the mind of the man who brought more than one billion friends closer together?
Graph Search is live. If you've never posted anything embarrassing on Facebook, now is the time to start.
— Not Mark Zuckerberg (@notzuckerberg) July 10, 2013
Next Steps: Great News! I’m Leaving Blogging To Go Work For The People I Used To Cover!
— NextTechBlog (@NextTechBlog) June 17, 2013
Originally featuring an absurd profile picture of Mashable founder Pete Cashmore, this parody Twitter account was launched to mocks tech journalism conventions and call bullshit on the media echo chamber.
Startup L. Jackson
…it's a product. pic.twitter.com/3KvYJ3hBqG
— Startup L. Jackson (@StartupLJackson) September 5, 2013
Street smart startup wisdom and tough love for techies.
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