Twitter is a great source of information but it’s also the home of many quirky and entertaining accounts. You can find out how tough Chuck Norris tweets, engage with Angelina Jolie’s right leg or the Queen of England, and Star Wars fans can see what Lando Calrissian is thinking in 2013. In Vancouver, parody accounts tend to be created for animals who find themselves in the spotlight.
Those conservation officers are going to be surprised when they realized I switched places with a stuffed bear from a Gastown souvenir shop.
— Downtown Bear (@downtown_bear) December 13, 2011
The bear that hitched a ride into downtown on top of a garbage truck last year posts as @downtownbear, and the whale the found itself in False Creek also tweets @FalseCreekWhale. The invasive species discovered in a Central Park pond in Burnaby also had a short-lived online life as @iamthesnakehead.
Actually, come to think of it, I DO look like a snake.
— iamthesnakehead (@iamthesnakehead) June 8, 2012
Not in the news for any particular reason, but a part of daily life around town, there’s also @StreetCrow (thanks to clammeh for the reminder).
Eavestrough. Toss leaves
— Streetcrow (@streetcrow) January 15, 2013
The latest animal to tweet is the inanimate poodle statue in East Vancouver, @MainStreetPoodle.
Where’s the nearest off-leash park? I need to go.
— Main Street Poodle (@MainStPoodle) January 16, 2013
The shelf life of most of these Twitter accounts is a few months at the most, then they fade away with the hype (or at the end of the movie in the case of Ferris Bueller).
The Vancouver parody accounts that tend to stick around the longest have to do with transit, oddly enough, coming up with material that lends itself to “everyday” Vancouver experiences.
Of course I forget my sunglasses today.
— Sea Bus (@theseabus) January 12, 2013
YOU GET FREE TRANSIT! AND YOU GET FREE TRANSIT! EVERYBODY GETS FREE TRANSIT!
— Vancouver Bus (@AVancouverBus) January 1, 2013
Many of these accounts add much-needed entertainment value to our daily Twitter streams of news, facts, and data. Should you know of any other Vancouver-themed parody accounts or accounts on behalf of local objects, feel free to pop a note in the comments.