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Twitter users are constantly creating new slang. A few recent examples include mood, chapstick and mascara Twitter, and stan. Now there’s another term that everyone is throwing around the social site: locals. What are locals? According to various online sources, locals are uncool people (sometimes from your hometown) who don’t understand Twitter lingo. Urban Dictionary calls them a “less cringey term for “normies.”
why are my locals following my internet friends? this is not okay— iRViNG (@wrathofthehands) March 6, 2018
Locals are often seen as people who need someone to explain internet culture to them.
remember when kesha was educating the locals on the twitter term “mom” back in 2014 pic.twitter.com/SQJQXVoIfZ— shadow of the thot raider (@ultraviolentaf) March 8, 2018
when locals can’t speak in stan twitter or memes so you have to re-educate thempic.twitter.com/kA4l4WfObg— kenny (@imkennybrian) March 2, 2018
When locals jump on a popular meme, like Evil Patrick, or a queer internet term like wig (which Katy Perry references in a preview of the upcoming season of American Idol), the rest of the internet freaks out.
the locals colonized patrick star just like the neo nazis colonized pepe i can't believe this— jake (@HUNTYCHAN) March 8, 2018
locals are gonna start using wig pic.twitter.com/JbsyhPWcpk— danny (@im0danieI) March 7, 2018
2018 is the year locals ruin anime https://t.co/JGbOcpJ5uK— lex (@sheekamaru) March 6, 2018
And there is a clear division between stan Twitter and locals Twitter. Stan Twitter, of course, is made up of people who are die-hard fans of a celebrity or a form of entertainment (Call Me By Your Name has a big stan-base on Twitter).
The denizens of stan Twitter often mock locals who are trying to encroach on their little corner of the internet.
omg locals are starting to use stan twitter language— hannah (@holiestfool) March 8, 2018
Locals when they enter stan twitter for the first time: pic.twitter.com/CC2aqYOuIw— ً (@onelastlana) March 6, 2018
How locals react when you compliment them with stan Twitter language pic.twitter.com/cJbED0YaaU— Noah ☁️ (@greedyforari__) February 28, 2018
Me when I log off stan twitter and I chill with my locals pic.twitter.com/uMTaTBlJ8L— James (@Jesmila_) March 4, 2018
when you unexpectedly find a stan in the mix of locals and have an instant connection pic.twitter.com/h5IZJH40UT— rahim (@hoIdingmeback) March 6, 2018
One thing is certain: stan Twitter doesn’t want to interact with locals Twitter.
locals: do you have a twitter?— jerry (@stylestruIy) February 26, 2018
locals: "do you have a twitter?"— ًyoongi day ♡ (@GLOWINGYOONGl) February 27, 2018
When locals start following your twitter pic.twitter.com/3PWGOLbDPG— Spicy Emo Meme (@ThyArtIsMemes) March 4, 2018
So what do locals actually tweet about that makes them stand out as locals? According to other people on Twitter, the topics are pretty mundane. Locals like writing happy birthday messages and retweeting accounts like Common White Girl. It all sounds very similar to the British Fiat 500 subgroup.
locals use twitter like its 2009 and theyre updating their msn status— Ams (@amyklltt) February 26, 2018
locals Twitter's are just birthday shoutouts and retweets from the post malone and russ parody accounts— bianca (@BeeeFinch) March 7, 2018
locals when rting common white girl https://t.co/C0kZavsm1X— gharieth (@virtualcry) November 22, 2017
u can always spot a locals twitter acct bc they retweet a lot of shit about loyalty and how they don't like ppl— SadeVEVO (@fillegrossiere) February 4, 2018
If you thought people on Twitter had shitty political takes, try having a discussion with your locals. These motherfuckers are living under a rock— The Flash ⚡️ (@Jnoubi_Elite) February 26, 2018
Locals are apparently causing some people to spend less time on Twitter.
i haven't tweeted on my personal in literally months bc i don't know how to associate with locals i feel like some sort of alien who doesn't speak the same twitter language— kait (@koIivna) February 27, 2018
The term ‘locals’ has been in use on Twitter for years, but there’s a proliferation of these tweets in recent months that mention it. Maybe there are more locals on Twitter now than there were several years ago.
The people who dislike locals don’t want the Twitter they love to change, a Twitter that is filled with inside jokes and memes. So what’s the solution? Some say it’s a locals-free Twitter.
there should be a separate twitter for locals who don't understand twitter humour— nabi˚✧⁺˳✧ ༚ (@energydriinks) February 27, 2018
Tiffany Kelly is the Unclick editor at Daily Dot. Previously, she worked at Ars Technica and Wired. Her writing has appeared in several other print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Popular Mechanics, and GQ.