Outlander Social Media For LOL’s Series – Post 2. How I see the Outlander Fandom on Twitter

Firstly, I want to apologise for not updating last week. Truth was, I was rather unwell with a visit from Aunty Flo and I just couldn’t bring myself to write much.

 

It’s still Winter and whilst I can appreciate its need to be here on the basis of the changing of the seasons …… I do wish it would kindly fuck off. I mean, not to be disrespectful or anything – but I hate the cold weather.  I’m just not a fan. Even as I sit here in my comfy, oversize to hide the flab Sunday best- I’d still prefer it not to be cold.

 

The sun may be out at the moment – but I am not fooled by its namesake disposition. it’s cold as a witch’s tit – if you’ll pardon the expression (and see it as a nod to a certain scene in Se 1) and that’s all I have to say on the matter.

 

Right. Now to this week’s blog – and I warn you, it’s probably going to sting a bit. I’m not sure if I should apologise now or later -given the topic of choice – but I will say this. It’s not intentional. It’s just the way it is.

 

Firstly, let’s recap. For those who don’t know, I am writing a series of blogs that takes (hopefully) a humorous look at how the Outlander fandom represents itself on different social media platforms.  Last week I covered Facebook. If you haven’t read it – you can do so here: https://ranpotjam.com/2019/06/16/outlander-social-media-for-lols-series-post-1-how-i-see-the-ol-fandom-on-facebook/

 

 

This week it’s all about Twitter. That 280-character whip out your phone, quick as you please platform that has changed the way we communicate with each other. Twitter never sleeps. Ever. It can’t. And it’s amazing.

 

The Outlander fandom on Twitter is different to any other I’ve experienced, and I’ve been on Twitter for a long time. A decade in fact. I officially joined twitter in December 2009 – after many failed attempts) and I wasn’t sure what to make of it.  At the time, it was 180 characters and the newest addition was being able to retweet something. (You had to write RT, so everyone knew you were doing it)

 

In the beginning, Twitter was just an extension of Facebook. IE – Chances are, if you knew somebody on Facebook – you’d find them on Twitter and connect with them there as well.  However, unlike its very vanilla platformed cousin – Twitter has evolved over the last ten years into something more original. Something more daring. Something a little more outspoken (hence the increase from 180 to 240 characters a few years ago) and a place where 90% of the Outlander fandom prefer to play.

 

Before I get into the nitty gritty of Twitter though, I want to give you a bit of background info. Where I sit as far as both the Fandom and Twitter are concerned.

 

As I’ve already stated, I’ve been on Twitter a long time. As far as Twitter goes, I’ve been there, and I’ve done that. And I’m not kidding. My digital footprint on this platform is huge and chances are should we ever meet in person, it’s probably because we’ve found each other on Twitter first.

 

Twitter has become my safe haven, the place where, out of all the social media platforms, I spend most of my time.  If Twitter was a house -I’d say I’ve officially moved in and made this house a home.

 

In regard to the Fandom… Well, buckle up kiddies, I’m about to give you a dose of the Outlander Fandom on Twitter direct into your eyeballs.

 

You ready? …

 

Here we go:

 

  1. Followers/ Following

 

These are the folk you have connected with – one way or another- via the love of the TV show or the books. There’s not really much else to say here; except that knowing you all have that in common is it

 

  1. Mutuals 

 

Ok, now we get into the fun stuff (That was quick!) These guys are your tribe … or in this case, your clan. You know that no matter what happens, you’re all in this crazy, zany, weird AF journey together. You support each other. You lift each other up.  And, just like a clan, you go into battle if someone upsets one of your own. Take mine, for example. The folk I talk to on twitter and call my own are some of the funniest, wittiest, cleverest, creative, people I’ve ever (not yet) met. They can draw, write, make content for You Tube, make dolls, cards and other things. They can paint, sew and sketch incredible works that simply take my breath away. Then you’ve got your MEME QUEENS and THREAD QUEENS who I swear are out to kill me 11ty-7 times over on a daily basis. Let’s not forget the humble Gif makers. Nod of thanks to them as well. Without them I wouldn’t be here. I thank them for putting up with me these last few years. It means a lot.

 

If this was any other blog but this one – I’d end it there… but you see … I Cannae do that. Where would the fun be in that. The sole purpose of this blog is to see Twitter for what it really is. You still buckled up and with me back there??

 

Good.

 

If you recall at the beginning of this blog, I said that this was probably going to sting a bit. It is.  And if you’re willing to accept that; trust me when I tell you, you’ll come out of this just fine.

 

Firstly, as everyone is well aware – The Cast and Crew of Outlander are all on Twitter. It’s what they use to communicate with us. Naturally, if you are anything like me – You follow them, have your alerts turned on for every time they tweet something, have several lists created so you don’t miss anything, 84 years of bookmarked tweets for later and have a backup list of shouty swears every time system fails and you’re forced to scroll through your time line using nothing but blood, sweat, tears and a very determined ( and quite possibly calloused) thumb.

 

You live for the banter. You see whether any of your friends got a shout out, a like or a RT.  You see if you got a shout out, a like or a RT.  You do this every single day. It becomes second nature. As natural as breathing. It’s simply what you do. Your motto is “Can’t Stop/ Won’t Stop” and you don’t care. You are Twitter and Twitter is you. It’s almost like you’re in a real-life Matrix except … it isn’t … Because you’re not Keanu Reeves. And if you were Keanu Reeves, I’d ask you what you were doing here because you’ve kind of got Bill and Ted 3 to film. I mean, Wyld Stallion isn’t going to reunite on its own dude. … Anyway…

 

As much as the OL fandom on Twitter Is together – it is also miles apart and a lot of the time it spends its time spit down the middle one way or another.  Allow me to explain:

 

 

Shippers Vs Non-Shippers

 

This old chestnut has been around since the beginning of time and to be honest, I don’t see it fading into obscurity any time soon.

 

About a year ago I wrote a blog called ‘The Subtle Art of Sitting on The Fence’ and in it I tried to point out the fact that I am friends with everybody, and I refuse to take sides. How anyone chooses to celebrate this fandom is entirely up to them. As long as it doesn’t hurt anyone – why start anything??

 

Each side has their point of view. Each side raises decent argument for what they want to believe, and each side should just stay in their lane and continue on their merry way. That said, sometimes it doesn’t happen and then, when it all goes to pot – we can break it down to even smaller detail.

 

  1. Snitch Taggers

 

Snitch Taggers are the Anti’s Anti. They are literally lower than Whale shit and deserve nothing more than an almighty FUCK YE OFF THAT WAY PLEASE- before being hurtled into the sea never to be seen again. They are the ones who find it their *Duty as a fan* to tag certain members of the cast and scream “LOOK! LOOK AT THIS! LOOK AT WHAT THIS PERSON IS DOING!  NO, REALLY! YOU NEED TO LOOK! LIKE, RIGHT NOW! THIS VERY SECOND!!”

One of the biggest mistakes someone in this fandom can make is try and engage these people in any sort of civil conversation. Honestly, it’s like trying to use a cheese grater to tie your shoelaces.  It’s completely pointless.  If you value your sanity or have any self-respect, don’t do it. It’ll drive you mad with their never-ending use of the word fuck. Everything they through at you begins or ends with the word fuck. For example, ‘Fuck Off’ is used quite a bit when you try and call them out on their bullshit.  ‘Fuck You’ is what you get when they realise you’ve caught them out on their bullshit. Oh and ‘Who the fuck do you think you are?’ Is what they throw at you when they’re trying in vain to defend their bullshit. It’s all quite tiresome rather yawn worthy. In some cases, it will even get you and your bullshit blocked.

 

Which is funny because …

 

  1. The Petty Block Squad.

 

 

The Petty Block Squad are unique to Twitter. These are folk who scroll through twitter and block people for the stupidest reasons ever invented. Some of them include:

 

-Because reasons

– Days ending in Y

– Someone they don’t know was minding their own business

– They had a partially valid reason 5 years ago and somehow in 2019 it still counts

– That hair tho

– Ugh

– Nope

– Ew

– Feels! How Dare!

– Today I have nothing in common with anyone. Perfect!

 

Oh, and one final thing. Stop bragging about it. What do you want? A medal?! Every time I turn around one of you is holding a big ass neon sign that says “I’m petty today! Everyone be impressed!” I get it.  You’re just Petty from the block.

 

..NEXT!

 

 

  1. Team Fraser Vs Team Mackenzie

  

Similar to the Shippers Vs Non -Shippers argument – this has also been going on since the beginning of time.

 

Alright look. We’re all adults here, right? …. Right? We can do this without throwing a hissy fit and getting hysterical can’t we?

 

We can have an open, honest …. Oh, stop sub tweeting!

Now as I was trying t- *Sigh* Will you get your finger off that mute button!!

OH, FOR THE LOVE OF…WILL YOU QUIT IT WITH ALL THE SHOUTY CAPITALS!! FFS!!

Repeat after me – You are not petty on the block! You are not petty on the block!

 

Apparently not then. Well, can’t blame a lass for trying I suppose. Me personally, I love both couples (There! I said it!)  and I’m happy Roger and Bree are now a permanent fixture in the Fraser Family story line moving forward – so suck it up and get used to it. Or, stop watching… whatever floats your boat.  Why you can’t accept that this is how things are now is simply beyond me. What’s more, your assholey, shitty, disrespectful attitude from both sides towards the actors also needs to stop. Ever stop to wonder why they’ve been so quiet lately? Maybe you might have had something to with that? Just a thought.

That said though there’s always room for

 

  1. Bots N Trolls

 

Bots run amuck in this fandom like there’s no tomorrow. Every other day I see some poor sap get sucked in by an account pretending to be a member of the cast. Guys be careful. If it isn’t verified – it isn’t them, k?  We good? You understand? I don’t need a 3D model of the obvious?? A Venn Diagram perhaps? Straws? Matchsticks and glue? Ye Olde butchers’ paper and pens??

No? Are you sure?

Sam isn’t going to have to make 84 years of IG stories explaining yet again that he’ll never DM you or ask you for money??

 

Good. Thank god for that. I mean, honestly, only a complete utter half-wit would fall for that. {**}

 

Trolls in the twitterverse are just as bad – if not worse than their Snitch Tag cousins. They come out of the wood work at the slightest opportunity to cause a shit fight. They’re target specific as well. Most of them target either Sam or Cait (Mostly on days ending in Y, just so you know) and it can get messy. More often than not their DP is generic or blank and they have next to zero followers. It’s a sad fact that we’ve all been caught up in rubbish from these idiots and we’ve got to pay more attention.

 

 

  1. Trumplanders

 

Oh, joy of joys, here we are… if all the other things I’ve mentioned today in this blog were in the toilet – Trumplanders are right at the back, near the S-bend. We’ve all seen them before. They come out, especially if the cast say anything on socials relating to the Environment, the current Political situation ( in any country), plastic bags, animals, human rights abuses, Global Warming  – you know, the important stuff that we as humans should give a shit about anyway – and out they come in their ones and tens of them, making unnecessary noise about the Orange Oompah Loompa they support and how it ‘saddens them to see the actors bringing attention to such things’ and can they ‘ just do their jobs as actors as that’s what they’re paid to do’

 

You know, after an outburst like that. You must be tired. So, allow me to offer you a chair – So you can take a fucking seat!

You also look like you need a drink. So, what I’m going to do is make you a big ass glass of shut the fuck up, OK?

 

Oh? You’re not a fan? Well, OK then. How about a freshly made mug of ‘As long as you’re happy Joe? That goes rather well with ‘Take a break, Brandi’ Biscuits. It’s a new addition to the menu. Hope you like it.

 

 

And there you have it. The OL fandom as I see it on Twitter. Yes, I know. I could have talked about TMS (Twitter Mum Syndrome), the eternal threads of doom – from which there is no escape, the fact that, as one, we panic if our leading man is absent from Twitter for more than a few days and many other things besides. Still even after all that, it’s still my favourite place to be.

I have to wonder just how much I am going to cop after I post this, but the truth is, I wanted to write this. Don’t worry, next week I have to flip a coin and decide whether I tackle IG or Tumblr… and that could be very interesting indeed.

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Ceej

 

** This has actually happened to foks where people have been legit scammed by Twitter accounts claiming to be those belonging to the actors. It’s a terrible thing to happen and a really shitty thing to do. Please understand this post is meant for humor only and I mean no offense whatsoever. If you are one of those people who have been hurt by scammers and you’re reading this- I am truly, truly sorry x

 

 

 

 

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