The Art Of Twitter Storytelling With @KeetPotato
If you're an avid Twitter user, it's more than likely that you've encountered prolific tweeter Mr @KeetPotato. Keet (real name Keith) produces miniature sketch-esque tweets which are always hilarious and sometimes disturbing, brilliantly contrasted by his cute and endearing knitted duck avatar. We interviewed him about the skills required to produce a successful tweet and how to amass a following, and asked him whether we're likely to see him take his talents beyond the 140 character constraints...
prisoner: "i broke a guy's face in 18 places, what you in for?" [flashback to me stealing a duck from the pond] me: "9/11"
— k e e t (@KeetPotato) April 28, 2015
CC: Hi Keith! so let's start by talking about how you compose your tweets. You have a unique way of structuring them – a lot of the time they read like micro movies. Do you struggle to put across such vivid scenarios with such few words?
KP: Painting a clear picture in the reader’s mind while at the same time battling the character limit is a constant struggle. More often than not something has to be sacrificed to make a tweet fit. Choosing what those sacrifices are often make or break whether a tweet does well. Scenarios can change entirely from the original idea in an effort to get under the character limit. It's all part of the challenge.
[ordering cake over phone] "and what would you like the cake to say?" [covers phone to ask wife] "do we want a talking cake?"
— k e e t (@KeetPotato) June 8, 2015
CC: Is there a process you go through in deciding what you think will or will not work?
KP: The number of “weird twitter” accounts grows on a daily basis, so it's hard to have an original idea. If I think of an idea I quite like and I can't recall ever seeing someone write about it, I tend to know I'm onto a winner. There are of course many ideas that fall flat on their face. It's difficult to predict what will work and what won’t, but that’s twitter for you.
"dont get conned into spendin our lottery money" i wont [calls wife back] will 2 sharks fit in our pool? "NO" ok [to salesman] one shark pls
— k e e t (@KeetPotato) February 17, 2015
CC: Are there certain formats, words or characters that you have found work better than others?
KP: If there’s one thing I find always does well, it's animals. People love animals. Giving the pet dog a voice or a greater understanding of what’s going on around him is open to infinite ideas because let's be honest, dogs are idiots. Humanising animals always goes down well.
[undoes GFs bra first time] "wow have you been practicing?" don't be ridiculous [me and dog exchange glances]
— k e e t (@KeetPotato) May 17, 2015
CC: Have you ever considered taking your writing further and breaking away from the 140-character restriction into more in-depth storytelling?
KP: A few months back I decided to break free from the restrictions of twitter and write a pilot for a sitcom. I wasn’t sure if I was out my depth but within 20 minutes or so I'd written the opening scene in Notepad. I tweeted a screenshot and it went a bit crazy. The freedom to write without limits was quite addictive. It's not quite finished, but it's getting there. Watch this space.
mafia boss: "i want you to send tony the rat a message" me: "like what" mafia boss: "a horses head or sumthin" me: [sends txt: "hey tony ]
— k e e t (@KeetPotato) April 27, 2015
CC: Is there anything in particular that inspires your writing?
KP: I wouldn’t say I have any real inspirations when coming up with ideas. Back in the day when all I did on twitter was follow celebrities and a few friends, I stumbled across accounts like @fred_delicious and @jonnysun doing jokes, so those guys should get some credit for inspiring my creative side. As far as what inspires my writing, in their purest form most of my tweets are either wordplay or simple misdirection. Someone may say something in conversation that can have an alternative meaning and I'll just work from there. I try to lead the reader down an assumed path and switch it up at the end. Failing all that, portraying yourself as a complete idiot always goes down well too, it doesn’t always have to be clever or complicated. People like idiots.
wife: dont do anything stupid on the way out me: i wont [shakes priest's hand after lovely wedding ceremony] me: so are you god's boyfriend?
— k e e t (@KeetPotato) April 29, 2015
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