I don’t really know how to introduce this piece of news because, as you will see, it is incredibly confusing and seems like a bunch of words that were randomly picked out of a refrigerator magnet word jumble that formed a sentence and then someone decided to just go for it but, uh, TWITTER IS DEVELOPING REALITY SHOWS! From CNet:

News leaked today that the social network might be gearing up to create several original video series that will air on its Web site. According to Adweek, the company has been hobnobbing with Hollywood executives and producers tossing around the idea of running a series “similar to MTV reality shows,” such as The Real World and The Hills.

The way it would supposedly work is the show would be presented in a standalone Twitter page that would include an expanded video player. Adweek reports that another idea is the series would be aired via tweets and users could click on these tweets to expand them into a video player.

“This is real,” an undisclosed source told Adweek. “This is more than just talk.”

The possible content of the show was not discussed. But there was a lot of talk about advertising and branding. According to Adweek, Twitter is aiming to get lucrative advertisers to sign on and in return the advertisers would get product integration and Promoted Tweets to run in the feed.

Hahah. “This is real.” “Ignore how you have no idea what any of this is and how it’s pretty clear that the people talking about it have no idea what it is either and how it kind of just sounds like something someone said while they were super stoned and wrote on a napkin but then the next day they could only read half of the napkin because of the grease smudges and just trust me that this is real.” One thing I know for sure, though, is that the possible content of the show was not discussed apart from the fact that it will include advertising (not even, like, if it is about Twitter at all? or are they just…WHAT?) and is 100% up for suggestion. SO LET’S.

  • A group of women between the ages of 18 and 20 compete in Bing bikini contests using Dell Laptops for American Eagle Bucks (the exchange rate to Real Bucks is just about 1:1).
  • A show about a comedian trying to “make it” on Twitter, and you just hate this guy so much.
  • A bunch of young strangers fill out Match.com profiles and go on dates and the first one who gets married is the winner and they get married in the Bud Light Lime chapel and the priest is the Geico gecko.
  • A person is in a grocery store and tweets about all the “beautiful fresh veggies” they’re buying, and then they go home and leave them to rot in their refrigerator, and it is a secret show that they don’t know they’re on.
  • Courtney Stodden reality show.
  • A This American Life type of show, except each “act” is just about a different tweet and every story is only about the kind of people who retweeted it vs. the kind of people who only favorited it, and then sometimes it’s about tweets that no one liked or favorited at all and it’s sad but then in the end it’s generally pretty happy or at least ok.

Good content! Let’s see if you guys can develop any good Twitter content for yourselves, huh?!

Comments (25)
  1. If each episode is restricted to only 140 characters’ worth of dialogue, then I’m all for it.

  2. You guys, I can’t even think of any clever reply here. This is just really dumb.

  3. Isn’t twitter already a reality show? I mean, you get to watch a bunch of people you only mildly know or who are somehow famous or whatever and they do stuff in their daily lives and sometimes they get drunk and say really awful stuff. That’s the plot of most reality shows.

    • Except this time it’s real. People are going to stop being polite, even.

      • I assume this is a reference to The Real World. Every time I think about the Real World, I revert back to the one season I was completely enthralled with: The Real World Brooklyn, in which during the opening credit sequence someone yells “PICK UP THE PHONE!” and I chuckle at the thought alone.

  4. Maybe the show can be on USA. Characters Welcome (but only up to 140).

  5. so now twitter is going to be even more about advertising for stupid shit? because according to that release, what they’re doing is creating commercials for ad revenue, since the folks behind twitter are still struggling with exactly how to monetize this terrible behemoth they’ve released upon us.

  6. “is this a retweet? i think i’ve seen this one already.” – everyone in 2014

  7. -Lots of RIPs.

    • I would watch a TV show about celebrities defending themselves against rumors of their deaths. It would be a lot like H8R and Cheaters. The irate celebrity would confront the Twitter rumor starting person. And he’d confront them in their cars, usually in the parking lot of an Applebee’s.

      We can start with Scott Baio getting mad at the diaper rash rumor people.

      I would watch this show. Not all of it, maybe like 10 minutes, but I would watch it.

      • i would legit watch a show similar to this, but about comedians confronting people who FOR WHATEVER REASON seem to follow them only to complain about how they aren’t funny, or spend too much time promoting their ACTUAL IRL COMEDY THINGS, or people who feel the need to inform comedians of their decision to #unfollow them for not being funny, like that’s a thing that anyone cares about. i would watch it and i would get so mad, you guys, but i would still watch it every single time.

  8. I was worried until I saw “This is real,” an undisclosed source told Adweek. “This is more than just talk.” Isn’t that international drunk talk for ‘this is probably not going to happen, and if it somehow does, it will definitely end in someone being arrested’?

  9. “A show about a comedian trying to “make it” on Twitter, and you just hate this guy so much.”

    This is perfect, Kelly.

  10. They have to have a show dedicated to the memory of @mrsashtonkutcher

  11. Needs more Stodden, that’s my thought

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