Oz Whiston writing as Oz Drummond (birdhousefrog) wrote,
Oz Whiston writing as Oz Drummond

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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