The new Twitter joke – #followateen

By Rachel Hynes.

A recent Internet joke saw adults following a random teenager on Twitter, and then updating followers on their teen’s life using the hashtag #followateen.

A few people may have described the meme as condescending, but as a parent of a teenager it gave me a few chuckles. You’re not really allowed to laugh at your teenager in real life, and my chuckling was done with great fondness, I promise.

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Then, driven by Tavi Gevinson of Rookie Mag fame, the teens got in on the act, and started #followanadult.

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This mum probably spoke for many who wondered why adults would want to follow a teen on Twitter πŸ™‚

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And finally, a dad proud of his graduating teen.

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  1. This is awesome! How did I miss this!!!? Bah, I guess I’m just not cool. Did you #followateen?
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  2. I missed this trend – sounds hilarious! I’ll be keeping an eye out for it now though πŸ˜‰
    My kids aren’t on Twitter so I can’t annoy them by trying this – darn shame!
    Visiting from #TeamIBOT xxx
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  3. Lisa@Circle of Toast says:

    Funny stuff! Although with three teens and a 12 year old in my house, I think I have enough teen wisdom for now! πŸ™‚

  4. lol! How amusing. Thank you for sharing this, will start digging on twitter now to see more πŸ˜€
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  5. Bahaha! That’s hilarious! That Tavi girl is sure one clever cookie πŸ™‚
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  6. I have nothing to say to this !!!! I am just amazed that people would do this !
    Have the best day !

  7. I cant keep up with the teens on twitter – I get lost in their language and how fast they move from one topic to the next and really I’m not ‘that’ far from being one!
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    • Thekids says:

      My teen wrenches any control or device out of my hand if I’ve taken a millisecond longer than her to use it. I’m hardly a luddite, but she makes me feel like one!

  8. Absolutely awesome! Love it. Totally missed this meme. V.
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  9. Oh this is awesome!!! I want to #followateen now!!
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  10. This had passed me by, so was glad to read it and chuckling!
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  11. Oh this is hilarious, see what I miss when parenting teens keeps me away from following one on twitter. Pppffttt how dare reality intercept and block my online fun. πŸ™‚
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