Social networking? Micro-blogging? News aggregation? Twitter has seen many uses for defense IT and national security professionals since the service was rolled out in 2006, but one use has been flying under the proverbial radar: Comedy.
Fake twitter accounts have been in the news before, with a fake Rahm Emmanuel feed gaining popularity as a way to tell a satirical, fantastical story in 140-character segments. Other fake accounts have also gained acclaim, including those lampooning pro football players and embattled politicians.
Now, a major weapon system is having its day in the Twitter comedy sun: The unmanned aerial vehicle. On the Drunk Predator Drone twitter feed, the author makes jokes about the Defense Department, current politics and even current events.
You know what? I could get used to this anti-armor stuff. Blasting a tribal council rarely involves spectacular secondary explosions.
All right, Mr. President, Rick Perry got in a sweet primetime reference to killer robots last night. Can you one-up him? UAV-patterned tie?
Similarly, the Hipster UAV feed combines the UAV jokes with the somewhat stale humor of making fun of the Williamsburg, Brooklyn set.
NGA apparently upset that I've been sending back imagery using my Hipstamatic.
Going to Chinatown. Hope I don't run into @drunkenpredator again. Initial imagery is negative but you never know.
The authors of the feeds know their stuff, which makes the content all the more clever. In each, the specificity of the subject matter is more than the run-of-the-mill fake accounts.
Like, say, Fake Jack Bauer.