Ever since I was a young lad, I have always loved big cities. Some people hate big cities and think about everyone living on top of each other, the pollution, the smell of pee on a hot summer day, and the never ending noise. However, I like to focus on the different personalities and neighborhoods that make up a great city, I like to think of the never ending options of entertainment, and I like the thought of sharing experiences with a bunch of strangers who only those in the big city will understand. I think of Twitter in the exact same way. Twitter, in a way, is the biggest and best city I have ever been to filled with endless neighborhoods. I would like to take you on a trip to my favorite neighborhood in Twitter’s massive city limits, which is Weird Twitter.
Weird Twitter is impossible to define because there are so many aspects about it, but in summary there are hundreds of Twitter accounts run by people, some anonymous and some not, who post crazy, strange, and often hilarious stuff with the purpose of…well…I’m not really sure, but often it’s to make people laugh, which is why some of these accounts have thousands and thousands of followers. I found Weird Twitter freshman year at Boston College when one of my friends showed me @Dril.
Dril is, in my opinion, the funniest and most important member of Weird Twitter. With the name “Wint,” and an avatar of a somewhat skewed Jack Nicholson, he is my favorite follow on Twitter, and I think he is a genius.
This was Dril’s first tweet, and it is currently his pinned tweet. We all remember our first time using Twitter, and the difficulty we had navigating the platform, figuring out what to post, retweet, and who to connect with, etc. Dril gets on and has the presence of mind to write “no” then creates a persona, which makes this laugh out loud funny content. His tweets are bizarre, often filled with expletives, and the moment you think you “understand Dril” is the moment you stop understanding him. To get a better taste of his personality and type of humor I will attach some of my favorites.
Dril tweets gems like these EVERY SINGLE DAY. He has accumulated over 500,000 followers, and no one knows who he is. Unlike other members of weird Twitter, he never advertises for sponsors or uses his amount of followers for profit. I truly believe he is a new brand of comedy with which he is king. For almost a decade he has been carrying on the most bizarre persona creating a somewhat famous character with original content and no visible monetary gain. It is incredible.
Although Dril is the Godfather of Weird Twitter, there are others who have found a home in this neighborhood as well. Unlike Dril, many will accept interviews and talk about their beginnings, Eric Turtle who goes by the Twitter name of “@dubstep4dads” works at home, and says this is a way for him to express himself in a creative way. He is just a normal dude with a normal job, and he has found a home in Weird Twitter to be a different person and escape to a world more entertaining than the won he is in 9-5.
Another man who is often considered one of the early founders of Weird Twitter is named Jon Hendren, but goes by “@Fart.” When interviewed, he talks about how the space of Weird Twitter was less about being super funny, but the camaraderie of everyone being a little different and a little weird together. It is an Internet family of sorts as they all have people who got them involved in the community of Weird Twitter. They all have those that inspire them to make a home in the neighborhood, those that inspire them to contribute, and those that inspire them to be themselves or whoever they want to be. Jon Hendren talks about his love for Dril and Rob Delaney who were the two members of Weird Twitter who really inspired him to create and share. It’s not a joke for Jon when talking about those that inspire him because they created a space where he belonged and inspired others to follow in suit.
Rob Delaney is a the final member of Weird Twitter I feel the need to highlight because he is one of those pioneers, like Dril and Fart, who made this space a special place, and he happens to be a standup comedian who uses his actual name. With over 1.35 million followers, Rob is the most famous member of the neighborhood and brings a lot of attention to the culture. However, he truly is a product of his environment as many, me included, discovered him on Twitter. He sees Twitter as a platform to truly create content and express oneself in the funniest, weirdest ways possible. He has just as much respect for those in the Weird Twitter community that make comedy and a community of being different fun and acceptable as he does those who perform in comedy clubs around the country with him.
Weird Twitter makes me laugh, think, and often very confused. However, I believe it is a truly special place that makes the Internet and Twitter awesome. You don’t have to be a comedian in LA or NYC on the Tonight Show to be funny or get your voice heard. Weird Twitter is not a physical location but a state of mind where people from all over can come together and be different. A place where being different, unique, and absurd is not only accepted by necessary. A place where regular people from all over can make thousands laugh and escape from whatever real life issues they may be facing. I use Twitter for all kinds of things like news, sports, and friends; but sometimes I need to escape reality and laugh – which is why I go to Weird Twitter. Maybe you should too.