Social Media – The Perfect Medium for Nicknames – Can over 24 Million Tweets be Wrong?

Social Media – The Perfect Medium for Nicknames – Can over 24 Million Tweets be Wrong?

If the cultural conditions were ever ripe for a proliferation of nicknames, and attributable to the never-ending onslaught of all things “social media”, certainly now is the time. Let’s take a closer look:
Since it’s inception, Facebook has added a prompt for the creation of a nickname. Twitter ID’s are full of people’s nicknames. Instragram is another way to play the nickname game in social media, as well as Snapchat. Even online banking allows you to provide a nickname for security purposes.
And perhaps even more revealing is the volume of activity on Twitter in particular, related to nicknames. I set up my Tweetdeck over 7 years ago to specifically follow any “tweets” with the word “nickname” and/or “nicknames” contained in it. And the numbers are simply staggering. On average, there are 9500 tweets every 24 hours meeting the criteria. So multiply that over a 7+ year span? In a single year, that equals almost 3.5 million tweets containing a tweet with the word nickname in it somewhere. Multiply that by 7 and the number is over 24 million tweets.
Some of the nicknames contained in these tweets are pretty entertaining. A few recent examples: Milk Dud, Wind Chill, Fish Fillet, Banana Queen, GrizzDale, Skirt, Busted, and on and on and on…
Leave it to social media for these kind of number. Hard to argue with over 24 million of anything. And there is no end in sight to the nickname game.

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