Saturday, 21 July 2012
The Internet is a vast place, just like the universe — had I written that statement on Twitter, I’d likely get a response from “the universe” itself.
The account is run by Amathev, who shared the prank on Reddit where it was quickly up-voted to the front page.
Twitter may be cracking down on the spam accounts, but parody accounts have found creative ways of getting around it. Amathev is restricted to a daily limit of @ replies to avoid triggering Twitter’s spam algorithm. The more followers a parody account acquires, the less likely it will be suspended. And with 7 billion of us here on Earth and who knows how many little green men out there, @THEUNIVERSE has the potential to rack up an out-of-this-world follower number.
Image courtesy of Terry Hancock