Statler and Waldorf December 31, 2008 3:29 PM

Actually, looks like @bruceschneier is now @fakeschneier. FWIW there is a large tradition of satire accounts on Twitter, like Steve Jobs, RMS, Sarah Palin, John McCain, Bill Gates. You should be flattered.

Zach December 31, 2008 3:30 PM

@Ken: This isn’t new. People create “fake” accounts on SocNets all the time.

Why, Shawn Moyer and Nathan Hamiel did it as part of their “Satan Is On My Friends List” presentation at BlackHat, DEFCON, and other cons.

While sometimes the “fake” accounts are created for malicious purposes, they usually seem to be just for fun. Judging by the flowery background and the silly posts, @bruceschneier looks to be anything BUT evil.

John December 31, 2008 3:42 PM

this was funny:

“I allow vulnerabilities to exist so that the rest of you will have something to do. You should thank me.”

atroon December 31, 2008 3:56 PM

Oh, man. At least find somewhere to put the statement ‘Hashes collide because they’re swerving to avoid me’…

That’s a classic.

darren December 31, 2008 3:59 PM

There’s no #security category in the Shorty Awards yet. Tweet

@shortyawards I nomitate @schneier for #security

Because it would be fun and mildly annoying to ballot-stuff Bruce. 😉

ShawnM December 31, 2008 4:42 PM

@Zach @Bruce

BTW, it’s not me, or Nathan. We asked for permission from Bruce to use his persona in our impersonation excercises on SocNets and he said no, quite emphatically, and we honored that.

Also good move setting a persona for yourself on Twitter and staking the claim. It’s better to say “that’s not me but this is” I think, then just to say “that’s not me”.

Bill Romanos III December 31, 2008 6:00 PM

Why don’t you post to Twitter?
You may be able to reach a larger / more general audience and expose them to security issues which even if it all it did was “prime” them to keep in mind security- would be a worthy goal. Why not? Drive more people to your blog, ideas, etc.

Bill Romanos

Dave Lewis December 31, 2008 6:22 PM

Bruce is everywhere. He is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see him when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel him when you go to work… when you go to church… when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.

Have a great New Year! 🙂

Kyle Maxwell December 31, 2008 7:09 PM

By not actually using it, I think @schneier is really missing out on a lot, and @bruceschneier is quite funny. Also, he just guaranteed the satire version a lot more publicity, heh heh.

— @krmaxwell

igloo December 31, 2008 9:46 PM

There’s enough off subject ‘twittering’ on this blog as it is without inviting a whole new readership on board! 😉

Now, about the secrecy of aboriginal message sticks….

Santa Claus January 1, 2009 2:18 AM

Is “Santa Claus” a fake account? I have been posting under Santa for weeks. Should I be concerned? Is that why I did not get anything this Christmas?

Shreela January 1, 2009 11:45 AM

“You should use it, even if it’s just using to announce your latest blog posts. It is surprisingly fun and addictive.”

I usually UNfollow someone that only tweets their latest blogs, eww. If I’m already subbed to their blog feed, why on earth would I want to be told they’ve blogged twice?

The pink impostor was funny though, sorry 8^)

aris January 4, 2009 11:54 AM

While your blog is very very good, if you started using twitter in a spontaneous way, you would be sharing your brain waves of a different frequency with us! I, @myalbino , started following you in case you change your mind.

Maybe just one tweet a month? 🙂

Davi Ottenheimer January 5, 2009 3:55 PM

“if you started using twitter in a spontaneous way, you would be sharing your brain waves of a different frequency”

indeed. a phatic one, not to be confused with one that actually conveys information….

Billy January 17, 2009 5:54 AM


Please do not use twitter. It is a corporate captive social network. Use instead. No single company controls the network, and it’s easy to pick your account up and take it somewhere else.


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