Fake AP Stylebook is run by The Bureau Chiefs, who count among their number journalists, writers, artists, graphic designers, a librarian, an English professor, and even a lawyer-turned-rapper. (Really.) They created Fake AP Stylebook (FAPS for short) to riff on a premise and make each other laugh, but oh hey what's this, a week later they had a book deal. There are 15 total contributors to FAPS, men and women from their late 20s to their early 40s, who originally came together as a Google Group of comic book bloggers. Their life story was later adapted into the hit HBO series “Girls.”
We're pretty funny sometimes and don't tweet too much.
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
The high visibility and book deal got a number of us foots in the door on various jobs and creative projects we'd always wanted.
How do you imagine Twitter changing?
Apparently Twitter wants to become more like Facebook, which is awful, because we don't use Facebook for a reason.
How do you pronounce GIF?
As God intended -- like the peanut butter.
How do you or your organization use social media? What makes your use unique?
Twitter was a natural fit for FAPS jokes: the format demands short and punchy work, and only demands a low level of commitment from writer and audience alike. Since its inception FAPS has never sponsored tweets, bought ads or engaged in any kind of conscious promotion whatsoever – the idea was to be funny and shut up when there was nothing to be said. It’s worked out pretty well for them so far. FAPS has published a book (foreword by Roger Ebert), swapped jokes with the likes of Richard Dreyfus, Steve Martin and Duran Duran, and written for Wired Magazine and Life.