So, I am discussing whether or not Ontario should allow stores to sell beer and wine.
One person on twitter arguing against this is @allypatterson. This person represents herself as someone who ‘sells beer and takes back empties’ 40 hours a week. So presumably a real person, working in a beer store.
Now, I think she is a PR person. I could be wrong, but here’s why I think that:
- I noticed a few odd things about her account. First off, no bio, not even an odd one. But a photo.
- All here tweets are advocating against stores selling beer and wine. All of them. No silly tweets. No tweets complaining about the weather, her friends or family. No pictures of cats. Indeed, no photos, other than ones arguing against liquor in stores.
- she is followed by and followed by IPSOS Public Affairs @ipsosreidca and Premium brands @pblbeers
- she has only a few followers/follows (143/56)
Now, I have seen alot of real people who advocate things. Strong advocates usually have a fake photo but a related bio. Others have a real photo and a limited bio. But they generally share things about themselves. Furthermore, most people have an array of things they tweet about. And frankly the ones who stick on one topic like a broken record tend to be ranty.
And how many people with such limited information about themselves and such a small amount of followers are followed by such a large corporation as Premium Brands AND a large PR firm? How many other beer store employees are both of them following.
Maybe this person is a real person. But to be so on message, to be clear and concise and well argued in their communication, I somehow doubt it.
Thanks for reading this. I’ll Le you decide.
P.S. Anyone doing impersonation on Twitter violates the ToS. A big PR firm like IPSOS would know that.