Create a Fake Tweet Using any Twitter Username

by on April 1st, 2011

Create a fake tweet using any twitter username. Here is a a fun way to make it appear as if a Twitter user has tweeted something. You can pick any user you want, enter any text, and create an individual, look-alike tweet. TweetForger’s intent is to cause people to realize and think about just how subconsciously willing they are to suspend belief. If I get a tweet from a celebrity addressed to me, referring to something that only my friends know, do I immediately realize that it’s a joke, or do I even for a minute actually think that this celebrity is actually tweeting me? If I do, does that say something about me or does it say something about the world in which we all live? We are using Twitter “tweets” as an example of the kind of Internet communication that people tend to accept as fact, but the cultural phenomenon on which we are commenting could just as easily happen with Wikipedia, Facebook, or any other site on which people rely for information.

People often immediately accept as true information that they see online, be it an article about a scientific subject in an encyclopedia or a personal blog post about a business practice. The truly democratic nature of the Internet is such that anyone can immediately publish to the Web anything that he or she wants for the entire world to see, with absolutely NO fact checking or corroboration of ANY kind, and chances are that people who read it will accept it as true. TweetForger will make you realize that everything you see online is not true.

Nothing will appear in anyone’s Twitter stream, even your own. TweetForger is just for fun.


Update: The service was for April Fools day 1, April 2011. It has been closed now.