The Guy Behind The Qwikster Twitter Account

This kills me:

Last night, Jason went to bed a normal man, with a normal Twitter account (albeit one with a weed-smoking Elmo as the avatar), and a few dozen followers.

This morning, Jason woke up to an inbox full of messages, thousands of new followers, and wants to sell his account for many thousands of dollars.

As we chronicled last night, Netflix made a rather fundamental mistake in launching their new spin-off brand, Qwikster: they didn’t make sure they had the name locked down on all of the big social networks before making the announcement. As Jason’s luck had it, he had long owned the @Qwikster handle. He’s willing to part with it — he just wants to make sure he’ll “be making bank” first.

After over a month of silence, Jason’s @Qwikster account sprang back to life just a few hours ago and, likely to Netflix’s horror, has been more active today than it ever was before. Jason keeps touching on the idea of selling the account between poetic bursts like “I’m about to go play soccer n I got stug by a fucken bee” and “I just got scared I went into the shower turned on the water n then stuff started falling I was lik omg wtf lol”:

6 Comments

  1. Talk about good fortune falling in your lap. And it shows how the ineptitude of Netflix has no bounds. An Internet-based company doesn’t check this stuff out ahead of time?

  2. I’m beggining to sense that they may as well change the name again to avoid more trouble. The guy should have sold it for the first dude who offered a thousand bucks.

  3. Dammit, I need to start signing up for random names on these sites. Also, I need to burn some toast so it looks like a holy figure. I have a college debt to pay off, you know?

    1. Hmm, he would appeal to the pothead gamer class now that Quackster’s going to rent out console games. That’d be some subversive advertising that just might work.

      But I doubt Netflix is smart enough to work that now. Damn shame.

  4. we now all know the name of their new service, and are far more aware than we would have been.

    flood blogs and tumblr: this is the perfect way to aim for netflick’s primary demographic.

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