As with any mega celebrity, there comes a point where authenticity on the internet is questioned. Why you ask? It is just simply the sheer number of fans that some of them have profit and no good in mind and choose to act upon it. These individuals seek to bask in the fame of another celebrity’s name by committing identity theft. These people take the usernames, link to sites, and say the right things, and guess what? Most people end up believing they are the real deal.
With Twitter and the nature of how it’s set up, it’s pretty difficult to certify “who” you are because for celebrities, most of your private life is already up on websites like Wikipedia, google searches, celeb sites, etc. Therefore enterprising individuals can take up this personal information and input it into a profile, and voila you have realistic sounding celebrity! So, with this in mind, I scrolled through my Twitter account till I saw the following rapid tweets by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (mind you, I was following the correct one…Phew!). It seems they sounded quite fed up with all the misinformation going on with links and even imposters posing as them (there could be some on Twitter). So, these young celebrities took action instead and posted their links.
Here’s a look at their Tweet transcripts starting at around 2:00pm (Sun. May 17th, 2009)
theOlsens Those are the ONLY ones! 1-MySpace 1-Facebook 1-Website 1-Twitter
theOlsens movies & tv shows with mk! Shes been trying to get me todo a movie together for the fans! from web
theOlsens well we gotta go! Bye! Im on myspace, -ashley from web
There you have it, the Olsens have spoken, so feel free to delete any sites or users that you thought were Mary-Kate & Ashley sites, because you now have heard it from them quite clearly. In fact, this would be a great thing if more celebrities did this in order to reveal the fakers out there because nobody likes to be fooled. So Mary-Kate and Ashley thank you from your fans for doing this, and hope to see you both do a movie together (if MK convinces you!).
~ Jason Chu