Were you following Keisha Knight Pulliam on Twitter? 5,000+ followers, which included celebrities, were all fooled by a prankster, proofing a point that no one is safe from a prankster. (Yes, I was fooled as well. I followed a lot of people, and I rarely talk to celebrities on there because I don’t really see a point.)
The account was created innocently as “K_KnightPulliam,” and with tweets that sounded like it was from the real person. The gig was up when she followed some celebrity friends that knew the real Pulliam was not using it at all. The user of the account then decided to “Put Em On Blast” and changed the name to FakeRudyHuxtbl.
Before “she” left Twitter, she placed celebrity’s phone numbers on Twitter and warned future users that anyone can fake a celebrity. *rolls eyes*
(The bye-bye message after the jump)
The victims of this prank (if they are even real) were Dark Child, Tyson Beckford, Denyce Lawton and Yung Berg. (See a better detailed picture at Necole Bitchie)
So, what did can we learn from all this? I hate to restate the obvious, but it’s easy for anybody to fake anyone on the web. It don’t take much, especially since verify a person is non-existent. We also learn that there will always be someone who will do anything to prove a point that should be a “duh” to most people; take even the celebrity accounts on any social network with a grain of salt. How can you tell if they are the real celebrity accounts? Simple.
Any celebrity (or even real person) worth their grain in fame will protect their identity online by establishing a main website or a main profile. If you run into a celebrity page on any social media site, you might want to visit and find their actual site to see if they are the real deal.
However, there are many celebrities as well as other non-industry people that don’t have websites or don’t care to create one. Yet we know it’s really them. Questlove does not have a main site, yet Okayplayer varied this. Shaquille O’ Neal also do not have a main website, and yet people know it’s him. How? He puts up candid pictures on Twitter. (Trust me, who’s going to doubt this?) You may also visit other websites such my blog or connect with people who knows how to tell a real from a fake. (I try doing that every once in a while) There’s also a list of music industry insiders, which includes a list of recording artist.
Another way to tell (at least on Twitter) is how the celebrity is updating their twitter. If they are as busy as they claim to be, then they will not be always updating from the web! (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out my Twitter 101 tutorial.)
Or, if you really want to keep it simple, just don’t follow them and only follow/friend people on social media sites you are comfortable with. As long as there’s a way, people will always find a way to disturb your Internet experience. So, keep a sharp eye out.
By the way… if Keisha Knight Pulliam is reading this… IT WASN’T ME! (But please use the contact page and contact me. I’ll take my time – Yeah, right… like she’s gonna read this…)
Updated (1:59 AM) – DarkChild4Real no longer have a Twitter account. Last message from him was that he claimed to be hacked. Also, Malik Yoba was also a victim of the prank. Yes, I have all the phone numbers, but I’m not giving them out.