I’m a massive football fan, I don’t mind admitting it. I go to games every week to watch my team and the same as all other fans I am always desperate for us to win and to progress. Some people are so desperate to do so there has been an massive rise in twitter accounts of people claiming to be ‘In the Know’ (ITK) or agents.
To some these accounts seem the pinnacle of stupidity yet as fans are so keen to hear any news of their club plenty of people follow them and many believe the news they post even though most of it is clearly invented by the poster.
The best of these incidents was an ‘agent’ posting under the @footballagent49, and 18 year old who amassed a whopping 43,000 followers before exposing himself as a fraud :
I am writing to tell you that, no, I am not a ‘Football Agent’ or ‘ITK.’ I am infact an 18 year old and I have been fooling all of you gullible idiots with my fake stories for the past 2 months.
I started out when I was bored one evening and I never once thought that I could get 43k followers. I feel my twitter experience has been very successful with some of my ‘Stories’ even trending 5th in the world. I’m proud to say that I haven’t had even one transfer scoop in my time yet people still say im more reliable than Sky Sports News and the BBC. Laughable.
Some of my personal highlights were the Kaka and Falcao stories which were completely made up. The Daily Mail even wrote an article based on my Kaka tweets and the 2 journalists who wrote it were following me. The Falcao story was possibly my favourite. Last night it was trending worldwide for over an hour and for over 3 hours in Spain and in the UK.
Another fascinating thing about my time on twitter was how some top respected journalists believed my rubbish and even used me as a news source.
Whilst I am here I can also point out there is no such thing as an ITK or Agent on twitter, anyone with an IQ in double figures would realise this. @Agent_NCP , @EPL_Source and @Agent_ITK are all just poor versions of myself who would be nothing without begging me for shoutouts. @Backpage is another clown who stole my fake stories everyday and passed them off as their own.
Im not sorry for wasting everybody’s time, you should have realised I was a fake when I got all of my stories wrong and deleted countless tweets. I still cant believe that, I, personally have been trending in Manchester, Leeds, Ireland, Nigeria and South Africa. Perhaps I do feel a bit sorry for the guy who got ‘Falcao 20’ printed on his Chelsea top.
I have really enjoyed my time on twitter, especially winding up Everton and Tottenham fans on a daily basis. You idiots must have realised I was a fake when I linked your team with every player possible in the hope that one move would happen.
My time has now come to and end and I hope to enjoy the last few days of the transfer window without making up rumours myself. Thank you to whoever followed me and retweeted my garbage, it was really appreciated. Goodbye Everyone
Regards, @FootballAgent49 (The Boss)
As he says, why would there be an agent posting anonymously, yet still calling himself an agent, even if retired. Whats the big secret, and do agents really have access to all of that information that clubs keep behind closed doors. Obviously clubs have leaks and information does get out at times, but would one individual really have access to so much of those leaks, especially someone who has retired? Of course not.
That leads us to the candidate that I have chosen to follow and analyse, a certain @agentjim_ who currently has 13,000 followers, so no where near @footballagent49 nor as many as some others, yet a large number.
Over the course of this blog I will be looking at his past revelations and his present and future ones. We will look at how successful he is and see just how he manages to get people to believe what he does. I personally find it fascinating to see how these accounts achieve so many followers and it can be pretty amusing watching them even if you don’t believe a word.