Leo only joined Twitter recently, and hasn’t had a social media presence earlier. He’s moved from family to family and place to place for the last decade. He was drilled by Agent Waters not to release personal information, and not to try and contact past family or friends he knew for their own safety. And it paid off - none of his foster families or friends have been hurt, as far as he knows (and he’s asked Waters about it).
There’s a joke (quite mythical, but also funny) about how American astronauts couldn’t use fluid-filled pens in zero gravity and had NASA spend millions to develop a pen that’d write in space. The punchline is that they found that cosmonauts just used pencils. Leo takes a similar low-tech and cheap view toward keeping his information safe: he writes it down, or prints it out, and uses physical notebooks. So most of what he wants to express or remember will never be found online, however thorough your search or how good your hacking skills might be. His atrocious handwriting is a second line of defense against OCR scanning of text, except when it comes to schematics or technical specs where clarity is vital.
The one Twitter account he has now is strictly a superhero’s account, he doesn’t post private stuff there, and he doesn’t advertise it. As a result, his followers break down more or less like this: 60% Ponies, 20% friends of the Ponies who will follow any new friend on general principle, 10% hardcore Zelda fans who will follow any suitably named account, 5% actual people he actually invited to follow him (e.g. Otto), and 5% people like Taz who are stalking him for their own reason. To maintain his cover, he had Otto immediately follow the other Menagerie members’ accounts, plus a bunch of other superhero accounts around the city.
You can get the contents of Otto’s Twitter feed by following any suitable racing-game-related hashtag’s posts and removing the misogyny and racism. On the Top Gear forums and similar car enthusiast sites, Otto mostly posts about the subject matter, not himself. He’s this close to a ban on Top Gear due to his endless advocacy for electric cars (represent, yo), but otherwise genuinely knows his stuff and will get into long discussions with people on topics like cornering, traction, wind resistance (“what a drag amirite?”), and so on.
Pneuma followed major movers and shakers on Twitter anonymously for awhile, but signed up when Leo did so. She has interests in business administration, law, and governance, and is plugged into political and activist stuff at the personal level (e.g. more Malala Yousafzai, less ACLU). Her feed is mostly retweets from such accounts. Out of anyone, she’s probably the most likely to follow the groups I’ve alluded to in earlier social media posts - KAPE (who deploys drones around the city for a live feed on super-battles and asks people to crowdsource information on such incidents) and BrickWatch (the Kotaku/Gizmodo/IO9/Jezebel of superheroics).
author: Bill G.