First people were tweeting like mad about today’s earthquake.
Then the earthquake itself started tweeting.
Some fast-thinking Twitter user registered the name @DC_Earthquake earlier today. (Official bio: “I’m here to shake things up in Washington. No more business as usual. Vote DC Earthquake 2012.”)
In just over an hour the clever tweeter had attracted more than 700 followers with 140-character-or-less quips such as “I have what it takes to get Congress moving again” and “Some are worried that the Washington Monument is leaning? C’mon, that’s just 100% swagger.”
Someone else started the similarly named @DCEarthquake2011 account today as well. Lest anyone confuse the various accounts dedicated to the earthquake, that tweeter posted this important announcement: “This isn’t ’someone’s’ earthquake Twitter account. This is the REAL earthquake speaking.”
But when we checked just a second ago, that account had been deleted. Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say it crumbled.
The earthquake Twitter accounts (there surely are others popping up) bring to mind the spoof account someone started when a cobra escaped from the Bronx Zoo. @BronxZoosCobra now has more than 227,000 followers. Even though the cobra was found, the Twitter account it inspired is going strong with tweets like this one from last month: “It’s National Zookeeper Appreciation Week, so give your zookeeper a big hug and carefully steal their keys. I’ll be waiting.”
The cobra account and is following just one other: the real Bronx Zoo account. @TheBronxZoo, dispensing factual information, has just over 14,000 followers.
Inspired to reach out to other natural disasters, @DC_Earthquake tweeted just a few minutes ago: “Anyone know if Hurricane Irene is single?”
We checked and there is indeed a @hurricaneirene account but it appears to be dispensing actual weather updates. As of this minute, about 4:15 p.m. EST, it has 35 followers.
- Jennifer Brett/The Buzzfirstname.lastname@example.org