How to Come up with Twitter Parody Account Ideas

Use these tips to become a Twitter parody pro

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Twitter parody accounts have dominated the social networking platform for years now. They're hilarious, they've got thousands of followers, and they know how to get users to fav or retweet them.

These are the types of accounts that have figured out how to rack up followers better than anyone else (who isn't a major celebrity, of course).

So now you might be thinking, "I wanna do that! Where do I even start?" Well, here's everything you need to know.

Read Twitter's Parody Account Rules

Parody accounts are such a big trend that Twitter has an official rules page specifically for these types of accounts. Twitter has two main rules you have to follow:

  1. Inform followers that your account is a parody in your bio. All you have to do is type "parody account" somewhere in your bio to follow this rule. 
  2. Do not use the exact same account name (first and last) as the person or subject being parodied. This is different from the @username. For example, if you're parodying Lionel Richie, you can't put your first and last name as Lionel Richie on your parody account.

Strategy #1: Check Out Trending Topics

Coming up with a unique parody account idea that hasn't been done before isn't as easy as some of the successful ones make it look. Likewise, taking an idea that seems funny to you might actually seem incredibly offensive to others (often expected with parody accounts, but can get out of hand fast before you even know it).

If you're drawing a blank but really want to have a go at perfecting the art of Twitter parody humor and fame, then one of the best things you can do is check out trending topics to see what everyone is already talking about. If people are already talking about something (such as a current event, a celebrity, a meme, or anything else), they're more likely to be interested in your Tweets.

One downside of using trending topics as the inspiration for your parody account is that eventually your account may stop attracting followers. As the trending topic itself runs its course and becomes old news, so too will your parody account.

Strategy #2: Make a List of the Most Ordinary Things You Do or People You See Every Day

The most successful parody accounts are the ones that are based on relatable activities, situations, and problems. Accounts like @Average_Goals are based around people or ideas that almost everyone can say they've seen, heard, or experienced in their lives.

Anything as simple as going to the bathroom after waking up or getting on the bus can be included. The more things you can add to your list, the better chance you'll have of coming up with a great parody account idea.

Write Down Any Emotions You Feel Beside Each List Entry

Hopefully, you have a list of about 20 to 30 different ordinary, everyday life activities, problems, situations, or people. Beside each entry, imagine yourself experiencing it and jot down any emotions you'd typically feel.

Do you feel tired? Angry? Hungry? Uncomfortable? Bored? Write them all down, even if you feel several different emotions for one entry on your list.

Experiment and Exaggerate

Parody is all about exaggeration. Take a list item, characterized by an emotion, then exaggerate everything about it.

For example, let's say you walk by a big old oak tree on your way to work every day and you included that on your list. You might say that you feel humbled or at peace every time you walk by that big old tree.

To exaggerate that situation and the emotions associated with it, you could give that old oak tree a personality—maybe one that's incredibly wise and earthy and mystical. You could set up a Twitter account, call it @CommonOakTree and start tweeting wise life advice from an oak tree's perspective.

It's certainly not the greatest parody account idea, but it's a start. And it could work quite well depending on how much time you put into tweeting and growing followers.

Tips for Tweeting

Once you've picked something for your parody account, you're going to need to start tweeting. The benefit of picking something ordinary and relatable to anyone is that it doesn't require a ton of knowledge on a specific topic or person.

You have the freedom to develop your parody account's style and personality, and when you get stuck, you can resort to doing some research on whatever topic you've based your account around. Sticking with the common oak tree theme, you might want to look up more details about where oak trees are located, how long they live, how tall they grow or anything else you could possibly work into your exaggerated tweets.

The sky's the limit. Some parody accounts perform better than others because of certain emerging trends or demographic target audience, so you may want to consider that too when choosing an idea.

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