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We Shall Call This Official

For the past month, there has been a flap on twitter about someone who tweeted in the style of Christopher Walken, the actor. He wasn't Christopher Walken. But it didn't make the tweets any less, as far as I was concerned. But apparently it did to Twitter. They shut down the account "cwalken." It revived for a few hours before going down again.

Since then, I have followed: Clusterflock, Trelvix, NOTcwalken (aka CaptKoons), ClusterWalken, FormerlyCWalken, and FakeWalken. I have at times been followed by some of the above. Following and being followed became quite dizzying and I decided to wait and see what personality emerged from this mess in the end.

It appears we finally have some winners. Trelvix was never really in this mess, except that there is a very serious claim that he is the actual author of the original cwalken account. Could be. I like his tweets, whether he is or not. Other than that, we have FormerlyCWalken with 75k followers and NOTcwalken in the running. NOTcwalken has actually posted on a blogger account FAQs that he is not CWalken and only started (as CaptKoons) to try and keep the whole thing going. His tweets are serious attempts to match the actor's voice, with some degree of success.

Tonight, FormerlyCWalken seems to have come out the winner, for my reading. The old tweets that I enjoyed so much are up at this twitter account, the best of them. New ones are in the style. It's not an easy style to imitate, either.

And again, all of this is an acquired taste. For me, as a writer, it's poetry. And if the rumors are correct (FormerlyCWalken is saying it's true), then the author was at one time the editor of elimae, an electronic literary magazine that contains some very fine work.

But I don't think I'll unfriend my other Walken imitators just yet. They might be needed. Twitter is a strange beast.

Frog Out


Edited to add:

Friend NOTcwalken in comments correctly pointed out some things. I messed up in my final paras and put his twitter handle when I should have typed FormerlyCWalken. See? It's all been most confusing.

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(Anonymous)
Apr. 21st, 2009 07:21 am (UTC)
The mystery unraveled
First!

Sorry, I am new to the active participation of social media, including blogs, and could not resist that temptation. It is also fitting considering I am, in part, the subject of this blog post. I am (http://twitter.com/tywittier) the owner/author of @NOTcwalken (http://twitter.com/NOTcwalken) (aka @CaptKoons (http://twitter.com/CaptKoons)).

The first thing I would like to make clear is that the ACTUAL @cwalken account still exists, but is now named @formerlyCWalken (http://twitter.com/formerlyCWalken) as of this comment. It appears that @twitter has restored it in consideration of all the other "fake" celebrity accounts held by professional writers. This is just speculation however. Also, @trelvix (http://twitter.com/trelvix) is the purveyor of all original @cwalken content, @formerlyCWalken and @ClusterWalken (http://twitter.com/ClusterWalken) included.

My estimation is that "the flap" is still ongoing, as it remains unclear whether any of us will continue. I have been in contact with @trelvix, and though he has not expressed his intentions to me, I think he just may be tired of everything @cwalken (e.g. twitter shenanigans, existence of imposters like myself). I would hate to see that, but I wouldn't be surprised.

I'm not surprised, because I agree with your assertion that it isn't a style easy to imitate. And, it is particularly taxing on my fledgling writing skills to match @trelvix's brilliance. My process is laborious and frustrating, just to conceive material I deem worthy of posting, and even then I don't always get it right. @trelvix can sneeze these thoughts onto paper in top form, at will or by chance.

Out of respect for him and what he intends to do, it remains to be seen whether I will keep the name @NOTcwalken. And I'd also like to add that, though I am extremely proud of some of my work, it is @trelvix's imagined version of Christopher Walken that I am imitating, not my interpretation of Christopher Walken. I'm working to change that, but again, I must defer all credit for the brilliant parody of Christopher Walken on twitter to @trelvix.

NOTE (which you may delete upon comment moderation if you wish): Also, you may want to make clearer in your post that "old tweets that I enjoyed so much are up at THIS twitter account" are not at my @NOTcwalken account, but under @formerlyCWalken. And, I don't recall hearing the rumor about elimae, and did not substantiate that in my blog. I am curious where you heard it though.

Sincerely,
Tyler
birdhousefrog
Apr. 21st, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
Re: The mystery unraveled
Tyler:

Been googling yourself, have you?

This was a most excellent comment. First, you caught my error in twitter handles, which was unintended.

And, you prompt me to add some things I was too tired to do yesterday.

First, your blog explanation is at: http://notcwalken.resonant.com/
Second, elimae is at: http://www.elimae.com/new.html
Third, the article that discusses that link is at: http://crabbygolightly.com/mt/2009/03/cwalken_is_dead_msey_along_now.html
Fourth, Some of the flap and discussion: http://epiphaticexhaustion.com/anti-expertism/2009/03/christopher-walken-on-twitter/

Frog Out
kelly_yoyo
Apr. 21st, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
Fantastic info. I really enjoyed cwalken's posts. I wasn't aware of the flap so had no clue where to find him again.
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