So who’s behind the geologic banter on Twitter?
We contacted @LakeSuperior’s digital ventriloquist, where he tweets from Marquette, Mich.
He preferred to keep his answers fluid, so to speak, and his identity private. We agreed to play along, especially after hearing why Lake Superior seeks this thing called social media.
“Mom just left us here after the Wisconsin Glaciation,” responded @LakeSuperior. “She never came back.”
Also, the account, with more than 18,000 followers, appears to be more popular with Minnesotans than Wisconsinites or Michiganders.
Q: What prompted you to open a Twitter account?
A: It’s actually a funny story. You see, someone actually dropped their phone in me while fishing.
Of all the phones I collect, this one didn’t have a pass code and I was feeling especially curious that day. I was going through their personal information and apps when I came across Twitter. It looked fun, so I created my own account.
Q: Why did you engage with @MtStHelensWA?
A: Ah, yes, Helen was the first tweeting mountain that I had come across. I respect her for coming up with a viral tweet, but I was agitated by the profanity.
I found it to be a good opportunity to poke fun at the idea of how on Earth could a mountain tweet? I didn’t know all of her little mountain buddies would start to gang up on me.
[The profanity refers to the volcano’s profile — “Join me as I become the world’s biggest ash hole!” — and the bullying to other peaks such as @MtBakerWA, @MtRainierWA, @3SistersVolcano, and @GlacierPeak.]
Q: How would you describe your personality?
A: Some folks complain that I have a dry sense of humor. But I am a lake. How could I possibly be dry?