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A Short Guide to Stan Twitter

By Timia Cobb
Web Content Contributor

Imagine a platform where every fandom can unite to praise their idols and make personas completely dedicated to being a fan. Well, welcome to the chaotic place called stan Twitter.

A place that is more insane than someone’s YouTube history at four in the morning.

Stan Twitter is so powerful it could ruin anyone’s career in minutes, which can be toxic at times, but most of the time is called for. It’s also so large and diverse that anyone can be a part of it.

The main fandoms that run stan Twitter are the Barbs, the Beehive, the BTS ARMY, the Arianators and–occasionally if you consider it a fandom to stan black people—black Twitter.

The barbs are Nicki Minaj’s fandom and I would describe them as juvenile people who know how to have fun. They’re the friends that can’t ever take anything seriously, can easily hurt your feelings by throwing shade but know how to have a good time.

Barbs aren’t the loudest fandom on Twitter, but they still have a voice. They also tend to get over things pretty quickly. You can find them on your timeline usually defending Nicki or praising new underground female artists.

The Beehive is Beyonce’s fandom and they’re scary. They know a lot about pop culture but are always there to say Beyonce influences it the most, which is kind of true.

To me, they are fairly quiet unless they are messed with. I’ve seen the Beehive sting and it’s not pretty, they hold grudges and will do anything for the queen bee.

BTS ARMY isn’t the same as KPOP Twitter because BTS doesn’t have a lot of allies in the Kpop industry, which makes their fans super defensive.

ARMY is entitled and they have the right to be. They’re stans of one of the most successful Korean groups ever, and that success didn’t happen easily. ARMY can be anyone.

The last person you expect to listen to Kpop could be an ARMY, which makes them a force to be wrecked with.

Last but not least, is Ariana Grande’s fandom, the Arianators. Arianators mostly are sweet people who I can only describe as soft ‘girls’ representing the ultimate soft girl.

They usually are nice but compare every major artist to Ariana because they honestly believe her vocal skills are unmatched. Never mention Mariah Carey or Jessie J to them.

Then there are the smaller fandoms that most of the bigger fandoms don’t get along with such as Taylor Swift’s Swifties or Justin Beiber’s Beliebers. Pretty much any fandom that supports a white mediocre artist isn’t big on Twitter.

The amazing thing about stan Twitter is that they run Twitter. No matter if someone isn’t a stan, they’ll still somehow find stan Twitter on their timeline and will ALWAYS see fan cams of artists in the replies of a tweet.

If you’re looking to join stan Twitter, it’s not as hard as it looks. Just follow accounts that have similar interests as you and make sure to stay active if you want to start a following in your stan community.

If you’re trying to ignore stan Twitter, the easiest way is to take advantage of the mute settings Twitter has and make sure to never piss them off.

Featured image by Timia Cobb via Canva.

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