In what might just be the most anticlimactic non-event since the release of the Atlas Shrugged movie adaption, the somewhat popular pony Twitter bot @MLPfacts was apparently "discontinued" for some reason, much to the chagrin of...pretty much nobody, from what we've observed.
|Fixing avatars is too much work for a busy boy like EpicLPer.|
|Evidently 9 people have never watched Season 1.|
|Huh, I always thought it was Nicolas Cage.|
|Please, no more.|
|$100 to whoever puts this bot out of its misery|
The fact that this pretty much dead account is still gaining followers and a consistent amount of retweets is pretty saddening, to say the least. Apparently a growing number of pony fans lack even the most basic familiarity with Season 1 and 2 of My Little Pony, and rely on an hourly Twitter feed to get their pony fix instead of actually going back and watching the show that they profess to love. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the modern fandom: where those too lazy to actually watch a TV show (which shouldn't even be possible, but apparently it is) just look up everything about it in order to look knowledgeable and well-versed in pone.
Given that @MLPFacts gained such a large following in an incredibly cheap manner, parody accounts were bound to spring up around it like cheap watches modeled after your average Rolex. EpicLPer found this greatly offensive at the time, given that he took his bot quite seriously and all back then, but the problem was that most of them were far more entertaining than the rather dull creation they were based off of, the most notable of which is undoubtedly the somewhat active @MLP_FREE_FACTZ.
|So much freedom, it's like America had a threesome with the GPL and Creative Commons.|
And on a final note, usually when a well-known service is "discontinued" people tend to lament over it somewhat, yet throughout all my researching for this article I was entirely unable to find anybody even commenting on the subject. It's somewhat fitting, really, that the people who need a Twitter account to tell them the most basic information about My Little Pony are too oblivious to bother reading an account description to realize that their newfound source of information has been spewing out the same shit for over a year without outputting anything new whatsoever. Maybe they'll figure it out eventually, but given their track record it's rather...unlikely, to say the least.
tl;dr: If you whip together some shit and haphazardly slap some ponies onto it, people will flock to it. Case in point. You and us.