Where do you post? What sort of things do you share? What sort of things do you repost? What images go up? I'm not worried as much about the DMs that happen but the stuff that happens outside of direct interaction with other folks. Obviously, this is critically important information. Feel free to cover any NPCs that you feel particularly inspired about.
Jason maintains a low public profile. The Foundation keeps trying to get him to post on Twitter at the very least, which he has grudgingly done on occasion. The public stuff makes him uncomfortable. That said, he... (a) does skim through Twitter and Facebook, looking for about the Foundation (well, about himself). He still has that Internet influence over him. (b) he does post anonymously on some forums: Doctor Who, Top Gear (not so much the past few years), and some supers forums (ones that talk about the social and political aspects of metahumans as a serious topic). He uses heavy security to make sure none of that is backtracked to a Quill IP address. (c) He does have one public Instagram account where he's been posting scanned photos of his family travels. The account is monitored (and, though he's not aware of it, moderated) by AEGIS to make sure nothing secret is shown. He does not read the comments there. Well, not often. (I welcome feedback on the above. I have a personal, lengthy, idiosyncratic social media profile myself, and figuring out what a 17yo in Jason's shoes would be doing is not completely obvious to me.)
I'm immediately curious whether or not Otto and Jason actually know each other unknowingly through their annonymous Top Gear accounts.
Leo only joined Twitter recently, and hasn't had a social media presence earlier. He's moved from family to family and place to place for the last decade. He was drilled by Agent Waters not to release personal information, and not to try and contact past family or friends he knew for their own safety. And it paid off - none of his foster families or friends have been hurt, as far as he knows (and he's asked Waters about it). There's a joke (quite mythical, but also funny) about how American astronauts couldn't use fluid-filled pens in zero gravity and had NASA spend millions to develop a pen that'd write in space. The punchline is that they found that cosmonauts just used pencils. Leo takes a similar low-tech and cheap view toward keeping his information safe: he writes it down, or prints it out, and uses physical notebooks. So most of what he wants to express or remember will never be found online, however thorough your search or how good your hacking skills might be. His atrocious handwriting is a second line of defense against OCR scanning of text, except when it comes to schematics or technical specs where clarity is vital. The one Twitter account he has now is strictly a superhero's account, he doesn't post private stuff there, and he doesn't advertise it. As a result, his followers break down more or less like this: 60% Ponies, 20% friends of the Ponies who will follow any new friend on general principle, 10% hardcore Zelda fans who will follow any suitably named account, 5% actual people he actually invited to follow him (e.g. Otto), and 5% people like Taz who are stalking him for their own reason. To maintain his cover, he had Otto immediately follow the other Menagerie members' accounts, plus a bunch of other superhero accounts around the city. You can get the contents of Otto's Twitter feed by following any suitable racing-game-related hashtag's posts and removing the misogyny and racism. On the Top Gear forums and similar car enthusiast sites, Otto mostly posts about the subject matter, not himself. He's this close to a ban on Top Gear due to his endless advocacy for electric cars (represent, yo), but otherwise genuinely knows his stuff and will get into long discussions with people on topics like cornering, traction, wind resistance ("what a drag amirite?"), and so on. Pneuma followed major movers and shakers on Twitter anonymously for awhile, but signed up when Leo did so. She has interests in business administration, law, and governance, and is plugged into political and activist stuff at the personal level (e.g. more Malala Yousafzai, less ACLU). Her feed is mostly retweets from such accounts. Out of anyone, she's probably the most likely to follow the groups I've alluded to in earlier social media posts - KAPE (who deploys drones around the city for a live feed on super-battles and asks people to crowdsource information on such incidents) and BrickWatch (the Kotaku/Gizmodo/IO9/Jezebel of superheroics).
Doyce T. said: I'm immediately curious whether or not Otto and Jason actually know each other unknowingly through their annonymous Top Gear accounts. Jason (under the username RacerXcellent) was a 14-15yo apologist for Jeremy Clarkson, et al., regarding their politically incorrect commentary (having heard far worse comments about locals in their exotic natural environments in his own family). Otto's response (under his own nom de plume) that "Dude, they're distracting from the coolness, *and* they're dicks to other people," cause him to seriously reconsider his position.
"Nono" Rodriguez's social media breakdown is as follows. 25% Twitter posts about My Little Pony and Totally Spies fandom, balanced by reposts from science blogs about organic chemistry and xenobiology. 25% Tumblr blog posts (the "A" account) where she elaborately describes her school life as some kind of whirlwind shoujo-style adventure, complete with bitchy rivals who'll eventually be redeemed by her pure heart, vulnerable new girls in need of a true friend, taciturn but intriguing boys in supporting roles (all-too-thin disguises for Leo and the Chemistry TA), and even the occasional alien attack (swear to God!). 25% Tumblr posts (the "B" account) consisting of well-written, flowery fan fiction with only slightly creepy undertones, such as casting herself as a female 007, equipped for fieldwork by the handsome-but-naive "JQ" of MI6's Q branch who inevitably must accompany her and pose as her boyfriend to fool enemy spies. This is also the blog for the MLP ponification stories, including the steamy-but-still-this-side-of-R-rated "Flanking Maneuvers" multi-volume epic. 25% spread across more rarefied platforms like Plurk or Mastodon where the freak flag flies proudly. Jason and Amir Quill feature prominently.
"Halcyon Heroes 4EVA" (@TheCapester420) is the Twitter handle of an as-yet-unidentified teen superhero in Halcyon. If we have beef with another teen super team soon, this person will be part of it. Their social media breaks down like this: 20% shilling for upcoming HHL events and past victories, plus content-free retweets of JHHL activities because the adults said to. 20% backhanded compliments and concern trolling for non-JHHL teen supers. 20% running feuds with Troll and other social-savvy villains (the latest: "@TrollForInitiative beat down Jason Quill? Link & Concord will give you more frequent flyer miles, b*tch"). 20% outer-circle alt-right memes such as Pepe the Frog and reposts of Russian bot propaganda, because it's edgy. 20% daily affirmation memes and inspirational pictures to keep the 'rents happy.
"Keri" (@Superchica) is the handle of a Gardner Academy student, who may or may not have powers, but is definitely named Keri and doesn't have a good grip on the whole concept of secret identities. 20% posts on Twitter about cute super bois, including a fascination with Concord that looks big-sisterly if you squint. 20% Instagram selfies involving herself, her cat, Halcyon City's more scenic locations, and (strangely) every poke' bowl restaurant in the city. Her use of photo filters is flawless. 20% rambling posts on Reddit about why telekinesis is the best power ever, why all supers need professional fashion designers and PR agents, and why Latinx supers are under-represented. 20% really excellent costume redesigns for well-known supers on Pinterest, with cross-posts elsewhere. She will cosplay many of these herself, and posts those pictures as well. 20% random Kik shenanigans with a big circle of friends, forming Gardner's single biggest student-run rumor mill.
I got one more in me, I think. Here goes. A10's Twitter handle is @BRRRRT, aka "WAR HOG". Her social media engagement looks like this: 30% serious and sober comments on the super world, particularly issues affecting teen supers. This includes reposting some of @Superchica's Latinx supers commentary from time to time, and DMing @TheCapester420 to dial it down a notch. 20% positive comments and praise for individual supers. Statistical analysis indicates that the Gale family and Mercury are featured in about 50% of the recent posts. 10% food-related tweets and photos, including recipes from Abuela and other family members, using the family's BIG ASS backyard brick oven to make stuff, the difference between Chilean and Peruvian cuisine, how to properly cook lamb, and more. Alpaca is still nasty, though. 20% aerial photos and videos taken with a GoPro (e.g. this ). She has a lot to learn about editing, and has no noise cancellation whatsoever on the microphone, but there's enough raw footage out there that somebody could make a really neat "A10" promotional trailer. 20% Supernatural fanfic and Castielxeverybody cross-fandom shipping on a separate account that nobody can read or find MAMA WHY ARE YOU IN MY ROOM I'M ON MY COMPUTER WE TALKED ABOUT THIS.
"Halcyon Heroes 4EVA" (@TheCapester420) is the Twitter handle of an as-yet-unidentified teen superhero in Halcyon. If we have beef with another teen super team soon, this person will be part of it Okay, that profile might be enough to get Jason tweeting intermittently under another anonymous alias (@NextGenner). That profile has only two original posts: one a retweet about the annual Justice Day celebration two years ago, the other from a week or so back commenting that Tasha Starr may not be as young as her official biography suggests. Most of the activity is centered responding to @TheCapester420, lightly mocking the JHHL types, countering mockery of the non-JHHL young heroes, and calling out some the alt-right dreck that gets posted ("Yeah, be sure and say that extra-loud around Hecate at the next HHL picnic. Here, let me hold your beer."). To the extent that the profile holds hints as to who the owner is, they are intentionally often contradictory, to throw off speculation. References of being related to a major Halcyon hero, disdain for the HHL, admiration for particular HHL member actions, clues it may be an out-of-towner with a lot of interest in Halcyon City goings-on, passing comments that hint at some sort of insider status. Rusty taught some valuable lessons in agitprop operations. Responses are sometimes delayed a few days, even a week, at a time. Jason doesn't hit the social media compulsively.
I have apparently the perfect Twitter avatar for that account then.
Bill G. said: "Keri" (@Superchica) is the handle of a Gardner Academy student, who may or may not have powers, but is definitely named Keri and doesn't have a good grip on the whole concept of secret identities . 20% posts on Twitter about cute super bois, including a fascination with Concord that looks big-sisterly if you squint . Bolded for emphasis. This person causes me deep existential dread. Can't wait to meet them in-game. :D As for Adam's social media, I got no idea. I've never been big on sharing info online, so I don't have a great handle on it past "this is a thing that happens" and "encourage friends doing cool stuff." I imagine that if you look at a timeline over about a year though, it looks like it belongs to a schizophrenic. Two months of reposting everything posted by the Halcyon City Zoo. Three months of everything involving cool science stuff. Two and half weeks involving space before ending abruptly about six months ago instead of tapering off like normal. And for the past three months theater-related stuff. In a couple of months it's probably going to be all sorts of stuff about education or medical science or something. Basically a normal twelve-year-old whose interests change constantly as they are finding a self-identity.
That's bang on the money, Mike.
Consulting with Charlotte 's player, GG doesn't have a direct social media presence, but shows up frequently in the Ponies' feed, as she texts back and forth with them and they mention her in other media. She uses a Qphone that Jason dug up for her (apparently ectoplasm can produce capacitance as well as physical presence). Her texting tends to be responsive, waiting for one of the Ponies to message her, rather than initiating messages. Her style is long-winded complete with salutations and signatures (one must show gentility and good manners, even when others write with distressing abruptness and brevity). She is just as likely, when texted ("Hey GG happy hour special at Deja Brew, chai latte ftw!") to actually start to text and then just show up at the locale where they are chatting from to continue the conversation; she prefers personal contact to electronic correspondence.
What I'm hearing is that we all suck at social engagement. Come on, Harry, you gotta stand up and get a win for us!
Harry is definitely more active on social media than the others. He has multiple accounts across different platforms. He has a twitter account (@realMercury) where he tweets about stuff that goes on with the HHL and now Menagerie. Tends to be very official and often retweets from HHL and his parents. He also has a Snapchat account that is mainly blurry photos. He's never quite mastered the art of running and taking pictures. But he won't stop because what *he* sees looks so cool. However the place he posts on most regularly is his Instagram account, which is filled with memes and bad jokes. Finally, Harry has a Tumblr account that is very much not connected to him. His account, super-doctective, hosts his hidden geeky obsessions. Mainly the obvious three (look at the name) but also a few cartoons and anime. There is also a strange obsession with something called "earth is space Australia" which his parents still don't understand.
At some point I want to run a sci-fi game based on the Space Australia AU.
Katherine H. said: There is also a strange obsession with something called "earth is space Australia" which his parents still don't understand. Mmm, my favorite. Will not delve into examples to try and keep this thread on topic.
Katherine H. said: There is also a strange obsession with something called "earth is space Australia" which his parents still don't understand. As this is Apparently A Thing, this parent will have to start researching it. :-)
At the risk of totally taking this thread off topic, here's a link to a photo set. Flip through it for a pretty good example of the space Australia concept. https://www.instagram.com/p/BdBEQT5hWlg/
Actually this may not be that off topic for the game, when I start to consider what the concordance is likely going to think of this little blue planet.
Coming back to this with some fresh inspiration. This time, our subject is @HeroesAreMagic, aka My Little Power Ranger. She's probably the most socially savvy of the Ponies, certainly has the most followers, and is probably first to pick up on trends. As I originally wrote her, she was a little older (21-23), also making her the big sister of the group we've so far established. Either has a paying job or is doing well enough via YouTube monetization/Patreon. She seems to get a ridiculous amount of stuff done, but is mostly just good at organizing and triaging life. Rather than a percentage breakdown by platform, here's her areas of social media interest! Fandoms : My Little Pony, tokusatsu/sentai/Power Rangers (of course), and assorted "girl superhero team" stuff like Sailor Moon or WITCH. Spends too much time patiently explaining to these slow people that yes, American Power Rangers did cop from Super Sentai, yes, the Power Rangers SPD battlizer was borrowed in turn by the Japanese Dekaranger movie, different studios can cooperate, there's no problem here people. Recommends you watch Sailor Moon Crystal, not enthralled with Pretty Guardian. Vlogging : Mostly talks about Modern Generation super-team activities, but feels they are too corporate/sold-out. Not impressed by Stingray or Kid Kelvin, but secretly thinks both are pretty hot. Would also not say no to a one-on-one interview with Oya, maybe over coffee. Actually hopes the Menagerie is not a Quill Foundation team, is constantly afraid she'll be proven wrong. Does Let's Plays of cheap casual indie games from Steam, with comedic voiceover from any friends in her apartment at the time. Other Sharing : Instagram for memes and city-travel photos. Posts pictures from "urban spelunking" parties that visit out-of-the-way sites around the city, such as sites of historic super-battles, UFO crashes, and the like. Has actually found a few interesting (dangerous) things, but has wits enough to back off and call in experts. Impulsively Snapchats stuff. Keeps wanting to start a professional podcast, and is this close, just needs a committed partner.
Mike said: Bill G. said: "Keri" (@Superchica) is the handle of a Gardner Academy student, who may or may not have powers, but is definitely named Keri and doesn't have a good grip on the whole concept of secret identities . 20% posts on Twitter about cute super bois, including a fascination with Concord that looks big-sisterly if you squint . Bolded for emphasis. This person causes me deep existential dread. Can't wait to meet them in-game. :D Keri is ready for the new transfer students.
I had forgotten all about this... The existential dread has set back in. Looking forward to Monday!
Bill G. said: I got one more in me, I think. Here goes. A10's Twitter handle is @BRRRRT, aka "WAR HOG". Her social media engagement looks like this: I'm going to sneak in this: about 5 to 10% of her social media feed is related to protests and activism related to #dapl, Standing Rock, and other related news. As mentioned, her uncle is Tatanka, from the League. Her family tree is a melange of South and North American POC, plus a new age hippie dad (nothing else explains "Andromeda Fairchild.") Her other uncle (mom's side of the family), was Chan del Rio - more formally Chankoowashtay ("Good Road") del Rio - the original Thunderbolt. Andy inherited the powers when he died, and SORT of stayed with the Thunderbolt name without becoming "Thunderbolt II" by going with A-10. The fact that the A-10 is technically the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is not lost on her, and maybe it's possible she noticed that and has been dreaming of being the next Thunderbolt since she was a little kid and maybe totally still harbors a weird kind of survivors gift for wishing for that so hard and then having her uncle die before she got exactly what she wanted.