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Saying Goodbye to Twitter – ToughPigs


It’s very unusual to be sitting right here and eulogizing the seemingly finish of a social media web site. It’s an unlimited community of ones and zeroes, not one thing alive. And but, for therefore many Muppet followers, it was.

This week on Twitter, stories and rumors are pouring in that the top is close to. A Tex Richman-esque billionaire swooped in and drove it into the bottom in document time. We’ve seen social media networks come and go earlier than (Vine, we hardly knew ye), however this feels totally different. Twitter was really a house for Muppet fandom.

We joined Twitter in June of 2009. And we in all probability by no means actually received the dangle of it, however we had a blast Tweeting out silly memes and retweeting intelligent Muppet mentions. We had enjoyable simply attempting to determine how a lot could possibly be completed with simply 140 characters.

However the actual pleasure in Twitter got here a lot later. It was a venue for us to work together with a brand new breed of Muppet followers. The bizarre fact of getting run a Muppet fan web site for over 20 years is that we maintain getting older and extra out-of-touch, however there are all the time new followers coming in. An onslaught of recent readers got here in, a lot of which populated the #muppetstwt neighborhood. Abruptly we have been seeing a brand new era of individuals discovering the thrill of the Bert and Ernie relationship, the appreciation of Robin the Frog, and a lot extra in regards to the Muppets past the Tea Lizard memes.

And we received to know numerous them too! Of us like Joshua from @HistoryMuppet, Tori from @muppetno, and Richard from @starmansart, all of whom (and plenty of, many extra) have created one thing past us. There was a time when Muppet fandom on the web was simply ToughPigs, however now everybody has a chance to hitch in on the enjoyable. We don’t see it as competitors – only a “extra frogs and canines and bears and no matter” state of affairs.

Not solely that, it’s been a spot the place we will work together with the Muppets themselves! Effectively, as shut as we’re ever gonna get. Muppets Studio has accounts for a number of Muppet characters, they usually held common “Ask Me Something” classes the place you possibly can tweet inquiries to Gonzo or the Electrical Mayhem or Uncle Lethal or Kermit the dang Frog. What a present that’s been.

Past all of the stuff we’d seen all through the annals of Twitter, we additionally had a good time creating content material. Along with all of the foolish stuff on our principal account, we additionally shared tons of of Muppets Quotes on @MuppetQuotes, memorable screenshots on @OneMuppetShot, and foolish issues Muppet Homes may say on @MuppetHouses. These accounts have been actually enjoyable to construct and develop, and if Twitter disappears, we’ll miss them terribly.

All indicators are pointing towards the very actual risk that Twitter could also be going the best way of the dodo. A lot of this excellent neighborhood will probably be strewn about and much more troublesome to seek out. The buddies we’ve made and the best way we discuss to our readers will change into tougher to maneuver. And Muppet followers will endure for it.

The straightforward answer to this could be for us to only begin making extra content material for an additional social media channel. And whereas we’ll undoubtedly be doing that – you may’t eliminate us that simply! – Twitter had all the time been the very best format for our particular wants. Positive, we will share photos of Fozzie Bear fairly simply on Instagram, and we will wax poetic about Sweetums on TikTok, however Twitter was excellent for making jokes, posting photographs, corresponding with followers, and most significantly, sharing hyperlinks to this very web site. Wherever we go subsequent, ToughPigs will change into that rather more troublesome to take care of.

So we implore you – if Twitter does go down and also you’d prefer to sustain with ToughPigs, please discover us on Fb and Instagram, and even YouTube and TikTok (we don’t put up a lot on these final two, however I suppose which may have to alter???). For a full record of all the pieces ToughPigs, you will discover all of it on our LinkTree web page.

We’re asking you to seek out us on all these social media channels not simply so you can discover us, however so we can discover you. We don’t need to lose the nice connections we’ve to the Muppet fan neighborhood, and we need to proceed to be wherever new followers discover themselves popping up.

Within the meantime, we’ll be sticking round Twitter till the ship goes down. Very like the band on the Titanic, think about us the Electrical Mayhem, jamming away because the floorboards break beneath our toes.

And keep in mind – we could all be leaving Twitter, however we can’t depart the magic.

Click on right here to maintain it underneath 280 characters on the ToughPigs discussion board!

by Joe Hennes – Joe@ToughPigs.com



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