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The Shorty Interview
with Anonymous
What's your best tweet?
The one that got this all started, of course! Our very first tweet: "We are Anonymous, We are legion, We never forgive, We never forget, Expect us."
What are six things you could never do without?
Civil Rights; reliable family/friends; the Internet; perseverance; a sense of purpose; inspiration
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
To keep updated on events, movements and people who, for better or worse, are creating a change in the world.
What's your favorite Twitter app?
Twitter or Facebook?
Twitter because it is more global in scope. It is an amazing way to channel your voice in today's hyper-connected and frenzied world.
What was the funniest trend you've seen?
Definitely had to be the Bronx Zoo Cobra last year. The tweets about that snake would've made Lord Voldemort LOL.
What feature should Twitter add?
We think Twitter should amend its data retention policy and delete its logs. #NOLOGS
Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn't?
Kim Jong Un. Maybe he could tell us what inspired his ridiculous haircut.
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
Anonymous | Protests | We the people | Civil rights
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn't already? If so, who?
Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) & Justin Bieber (@justinbieber). We would just die if Selieber was following us. ^__^
Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?
Yes, when their account became inactive.
Why should we vote for you?
Because we tweet diverse subject-matter that often raises public awareness of salient issues beyond what the MSM covers. And we are Legion, of course.
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
#StopSOPA; Civil Rights; Bill of Rights; #the99Percent; Anonymous; Hackers on Steroids; For the lulz; #EncryptYourShit
What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?
Our connection with @SuicideGirls was unexpected but together we created a lasting Twitter relationship where we help each other out where needed. :)
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
#boycottGoDaddy Oh wait…everyone *did* use it! :D
How do you make your tweets unique?
We make them provocative. Personable. Relatable. Up-to-date. Thought-provoking.
What inspires you to tweet?
Our followers, as well as knowing that we are helping raise public awareness on issues that may have been overlooked.
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
Heh, yes, and sometimes it results in unfollows, but we can't help it! There's just so much to say!
140 characters of advice for a new user?
Follow anyone and everyone who interests you. Make lasting global connections. Be your own inspiration. Tweet like hell and don't look back.
How long can you go without a tweet?
That's something we hope to never find out!
What question are we not asking here that we should?
Which do we prefer: OS X, Windows, or Linux? Boxers or briefs? Martinis shaken or stirred? Gahhh! So many questions left unasked!
How do you imagine Twitter changing?
Focus on user-friendliness & simplicity. Twitter already has the tech-savvy, now attract other people who may not be as digitally fluent.
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
It's a tie b/w Telecomix and EFF. Both use Twitter globally to promote safe Internet practices & raise awareness of critical privacy issues.
Who is the funniest person on Twitter that you follow?
Love reading @reddit's latest tweets/posts, they always give us a good laugh.
What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?
That unless you have N number of followers, your tweets don't matter. Categorically untrue. Twitter is an amazing outlet for people to vent, for self-therapy, for making connections, and for making yourself heard. It's up to each individual how they choose to use it.
Why should people follow you?
More important question -- Why *shouldn't* people follow us? ☺
Can you name some one-of-a-kind Twitter accounts that you follow?
How do you decide what to tweet?
We tweet whatever and whenever we feel.
Why'd you start tweeting?
To bring coverage of Anonymous and relevant activities to the public. From there, our work has evolved substantially, but remains deeply rooted in Anonymous culture.
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
A thousand times yes! It bridges global communication gaps and helps us understand the issues affecting not just us, but all global citizens.
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
Shift the focus from celebrities, gossip and materialism to (1) Identify X problem and (2) Collectively, what can we do about it?
How will the world change in the next year?
Continued unrest and widespread dissatisfaction with the status quo will lead to more protests and demonstrations, demanding more of our elected officials.
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
Making broad generalizations | Attacking a tweeter for 1 tweet without reading their timeline to get a better understanding of his/her worldview/position.
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
"Life wouldn't be worth living if I worried over the future as well as the present." ~W. Somerset Maugham