Mashable, the social media blog, is reporting that a new app for Twitter will allow users to compare the fans of different celebrities and see which group is “stupider”. Stupid Fight was created by Tom Scott, a designer who also created the equally mischievous Tweleted, and will probably cause anyone who uses it to become completely addicted…for at least a few hours. Of course, in a world where complex thoughts are broken down to fit into 140 characters, a few hours is nearly a lifetime.
The way the site works is simple. Users are given an interface with two boxes where they can type in any celebrity’s Twitter name. The site then looks up the last 100 tweets that have been sent responding to each celebrity and compares the message looking for specific “stupid indicators”. And what are these indicators? Well, Stupid Fight makes no claims of any complex scientific equations.
“Stupid Fight can’t go out and administer an intelligence test to each person that’s sending messages to a celebrity. So instead, it estimates based on several stupid indicators. Are they using twenty exclamation marks in a row? Do they endlessly use the abbreviation ‘OMG’? Do they seem incapable of working out where their Shift key is? These indicators have a strong correlation with the message, and its sender, being stupid.”
Stupid Fight helpfully gives new users some celebrity suggestions to get them started. The first one is Glenn Beck vs. Rachel Maddow which has Maddow’s fans coming up just a bit stupider (although both sets were pretty high on the site’s overall intelligence scale). A more decisive victory was had in the competition between the fans of British comedian Stephen Fry and those of famous-for-some-reason Kim Kardashian. We’ll leave you to guess whose fans were described by Stupid Fight as being “dumb as a bag of hammers”.
After the suggested battles were done, we struck out on our own and discovered the following:
Jay Leno’s fans are dumber than Conan O’Brien’s,
Keith Olbermann’s are smarter than Sean Hannity’s
Brian Stelter’s aren’t as swift as David Carr’s
President Obama’s fans are stupider than Sarah Palin’s.
Wait…what? Of course, these results are constantly changing so these match ups could give the opposite result at any time. Also, just because a person responded to a celebrity on Twitter, doesn’t mean they’re necessarily a fan.
Stupid Fight is certainly a fun (although far from infallible) way to compare public figures and their fans. Of course, we don’t need a fancy app to tell us which celebrities are stupid themselves. We just need to read their own accounts. By letting us read the inner-most thoughts of celebrities, Twitter has taught us that even famous people, when connected to the internet, become angry and depressed 15 year old girls.
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