UPDATED 12:11 EST / MARCH 27 2009

Fake @RexDixon Would Be Lame

As the title suggests, while the real @RexDixon (Me!) can be a bit overwhelming at times for my followers, a @FakeRexDixon would be totally lame! It is however Friday, and the buzz about twitter this morning is the ghost writing that has surfaced in the news. I think the the real Shaq has stated the lameness of ghost writing the best:

Basketball player Shaquille O’Neal, whose @THE_REAL_SHAQ Twitter account has become one of the service’s most popular, seemed to disapprove of Twitter accounts that aren’t actually written by the people whose names they bear. “It’s 140 characters. It’s so few characters,” he told the Times. “If you need a ghostwriter for that, I feel sorry for you.”

If you can’t tweet less than 140 characters, you shouldn’t have a twitter account. While some only pretend, like Fake Steve Jobs as an example, others have made it a full time business.

For some, pretending to be a celebrity on Twitter is a hobby. But for others, it’s a business — like the small army of people Britney Spears employs.

Now in some cases, such as Britney Spears, maybe it’s just better off keeping technology out of her hand. Wishing people Merry Christmas in the middle of March doesn’t sound like she needs to be twittering, and possibly not fit to be in public at all.

In the last couple of months, the Britney Spears Twitter stream has become a model of transparency. Where the feed once seemed that it was all written personally by Ms. Spears — even the blatantly promotional items about a new album — lately it can read like a group blog, with some posts signed “Britney,” some signed by “Adam Leber, manager” and others by “Lauren.”

Quite a shame that “Adam” or “Lauren” couldn’t have helped with that Merry Christmas snafu live performance! Video is after the jump.

I wrote a post yesterday about politics and twitter, and while I follow the senator from Missouri, I don’t follow the President. I’d rather not read anything fake, even if it is a corporate account.

While there is a difference from a corporate account, in the case of the above politics example – The United States Senate – could be a fake or ghost written and acceptable account. In the same vein of thought, a Senator from the state you live in, if they so choose, should be a real account. It should be in fact be that person. If they don’t have the time to tweet, they should label the account as such – The Office Of Senator X.

Sarah asked how do I feel about Ghost Twittering. Well the above pretty well sums it up.

So what are your thoughts on this? Is Fake Twitter accounts good and acceptable only in certain situations or under certain conditions only? Or should all twitter accounts be the real person or a representative from a real company in the case of a corporate account such as Ford or GM?

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