Oh, the irony! On many levels!
Today, a coworker new to Twitter asked me what the deal was with spam bots. He’d just signed up 5 minutes ago, he said, and there were already 10 strangers following him.
I explained that yeah, that happens, and that in general if it’s a complete stranger saying something completely unrelated to anything you’ve just said, and providing a link, it’s spam. But, I pointed out, the problem is often directly related to the number of followers you get. I as a ShakespeareGeek with a smaller niche audience don’t see nearly the problem as much as a celebrity with a million or so followers.
No sooner had I said that than I get an email telling me that Willy's Wily Wenches are now following me.
Something’s funny about it, though. Too alliterative. More effort went into that name than the typical spam name. And then there’s Willy … I dare to click.
My guess is correct – it actually *is* a Shakespeare reference! Turns out that Willy’s Wily Wenches, based out of Texas it looks like, is some sort of all-female “Reduced Shakespeare”, as best I can tell. Even their tagline, “Getting revenge on history”, shows that they’ve got some appreciation for their subject matter and are really working the whole “Yes we realize that boys played all the girl parts” thing to death.
I wonder how many “willy” jokes they make in any given show.