Don’t believe everything you read online. That goes double if someone funny is involved.
Over the weekend, the Internet was enamored by a pair of too-good-to-be-true Twitter tales: comedian Kyle Kinane’s, left, hilarious back-and-forth with a Pace-brand salsa account and “The Bachelor” producer Elan Gale’s note-passing war with a passenger on a delayed Thanksgiving Day flight.
Much like comedian Kyle Ayers’ engrossing live-tweet of a breakup on a Brooklyn roof last month, both stories went viral. Unlike that reality-TV-worthy drama, both were quickly outed as hoaxes.
Kinane — who thought the Pace account was a spambot when it favorited every tweet mentioning its product, began tweeting vulgar comments about Pace — was fooled by another comic, Randy Liedtke, who created the account as a prank. Gale admitted on Monday that he made up his story about “Diane in 7A.”
If you got sucked into either exchange, you probably feel deceived.
While pranks have long been a source of comedy, these hoaxes have me thinking that if a comedic person tweets something that seems too funny to be true, it probably is.