When her college internship was canceled by the COVID-19 shutdown in spring 2020, Annie Rauwerda had a lot of unexpected time on her hands. And instead of learning to bake bread or speak Esperanto, she began curating weird and amusing things she found on Wikipedia.
Two years later, Depths of Wikipedia has more than 1.5 million followers combined across https://www.instagram.com/depthsofwikipedia/ (Instagram), https://twitter.com/depthsofwiki (Twitter), and https://www.tiktok.com/@depthsofwikipedia/ (TikTok). That success means walking a fine line: Annie wants to celebrate Wikipedia's oddities and encourage her followers to edit pages, but not to intentionally contribute false info or "bad writing for the sake of humor."
"Sometimes I'll post something and then it'll start getting vandalized a bunch," she says. "Like when I posted the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mammals_displaying_homosexual_behavior (List of Mammals Displaying Homosexual Behavior) — don't do this, by the way — people started editing it to add in their name. It's funny, I guess, for two seconds, but then you just feel bad."
Today on Follow Friday, Annie shares some great follow recommendations: Meta-influencer Harry Hill (@veryharryhill on https://twitter.com/veryharryhill (Twitter), Instagram, and https://www.tiktok.com/@veryharryhill/ (TikTok)); Twitter bots such as https://twitter.com/NYT_first_said (@NYT_first_said), https://twitter.com/ResNeXtGuesser (@ResNeXtGuesser), and https://twitter.com/aceCourtBot (@AceCourtBot); post-ironic Catholic Instagram pages such as https://tilda.cc/page/ineedgodineverymomentofmylife (@ineedgodineverymomentofmylife) and https://www.instagram.com/praying/ (@praying); and TikTok aggregator Leia Jospe (@favetiktoks420 on Instagram).
And on https://www.patreon.com/followfriday (Follow Friday's Patreon page), you can unlock an extended version of this interview in which Annie shares a bonus follow recommendation! Thank you to our amazing patrons: Jon, Justin, Amy, Yoichi, Danielle, Elizabeth, and Sylnai.
We'll be off next week for the 4th of July weekend in the US, and will be back on Friday, July 8th.
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