Update: Welp, right as I was posting this, the fake Warren Buffett Twitter account was suspended. It was a good run, fake Warren Buffett!
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Fake Warren Buffett fooled a lot of people on Twitter this week with his words of advice in life and business.
Before his account was suspended on Tuesday, fake Warren Buffett (@warrenbuffet99) had just a few days of tweeting life, but he made them count — racking up more than 257,000 followers and more than 2 million likes.
The bogus account, which went by "Warren Buffet," got a write-up by BBC America. Fake Warren Buffett even duped Kanye West. Either that or Kanye knew what he was doing (something he's never been accused of before). The rapper tweeted a photo of fake Buffett’s sound advice, shortly before tweeting that “the world is the new art school.”
Unlike an account like @FauxPelini, @warrenbuffet99 is (was?) not an explicit parody account. Nor did he announce himself as such. The tweets were sincere and generally reflected the kind of folksy, motivational speak you’d expect from a successful business titan.
Advice like this.
Here's what's cool:— Warren Buffet (@warrenbuffet99) August 26, 2018
1 saying 'thank you'
2 apologizing when wrong
3 showing up on time
4 being nice to strangers
5 listening without interrupting
6 admitting you were wrong
7 following your dreams
8 being a mentor
9 learning and using people's names
10 holding doors open
The smartest people I know:— Warren Buffet (@warrenbuffet99) August 26, 2018
1 Don't get easily offended
2 Read more than they talk
3 Enjoy intelligent discourse
4 Quickly admit when they're wrong
5 Comfortable changing their opinion
6 Surround themselves w/ intelligence
7 Seek to understand every perspective on a topic
Lessons from children:— Warren Buffet (@warrenbuffet99) August 28, 2018
1 fall and get back up, try again
2 try new things
3 adopt a beginner's mindset
4 laugh a lot
5 make new friends
6 be creative
7 have fun
8 ask more questions
9 share things
10 take short naps
11 be open minded
12 love learning constantly
13 have energy
Warren Buffett, the real Warren Buffett, has a blue-checkmarked Twitter account (@WarrenBuffett). World-Herald business reporter Steve Jordon told me he checked with Buffett’s office Tuesday and confirmed that the real Mr. Buffett is in no way associated with the upstart Twitter account.
Real Buffett (who owns the company that owns The World-Herald, btw) tweets infrequently. His official account has tweeted just nine times since joining in April 2013 but has still amassed 1.43 million followers. His last tweet was in April 2016. (Steve wrote about Buffett’s twitter habits in a column earlier this year.)
Fake Warren, meanwhile, tweeted more than 80 times before he was suspended, each new tweet duping thousands of people, many of them your friends and family, into thinking they’re actually sharing wisdom from one of the world’s richest men.
This account poses an interesting question:
Is the Fake Warren Buffett the most successful and prolific fake account in Twitter history?— Freezing Cold Takes (@OldTakesExposed) August 28, 2018
Here are a few more tweets from Fake Buffett. Most of it good advice, even if the account is bogus.
Leadership is not about:— Warren Buffet (@warrenbuffet99) August 27, 2018
5 org chart
6 telling people what to do
Leadership is service to others.
Don't be impressed by:— Warren Buffet (@warrenbuffet99) August 27, 2018
2 Job titles
6 Social Media
7 Big words
Be impressed by:
3 Genuine generosity
Distance yourself from people who:— Warren Buffet (@warrenbuffet99) August 27, 2018
1 love to show off
2 speak badly about others
3 feel entitled and overly important
4 blame others for losing
5 waste time
6 make you feel bad about yourself
7 resist change at all costs
8 never listen
9 think complaining is a solution