Back in early 2007, I registered the generic Twitter handle @opinion, thinking it might make a nice handle for some kind of lightweight Twitter-based survey app. I made a couple test posts, then forgot about it.
The account laid dormant for over five years, with no followers. Then, a few weeks ago, I noticed I was getting a flood of new followers to @opinion, and there was a curious pattern to their profiles. This is fairly representative of the 1,002 current followers:
Recently, interspersed between the GOP fans, there are also a few like this:
Does anyone know what’s going on here? Where did all these followers come from? Do the campaigns have Twitter bots following generic handles?
And more importantly, what should I do with this account now, for fun or profit? :)