I can almost hear Ben Stein saying it right now. “Bueller?… Bueller?… Bueller?“
It’s been almost 25 years since Ferris Bueller took his day off from school. And yet, the legend lives on today thanks to Twitter and Foursquare.
An account, @ferris_bueller_, started tweeting yesterday afternoon, noting, “Ugh… school’s really getting me down. less than an hour to go.” Bueller apparently went home and was quiet on Twitter until about 7 hours ago when he tweeted, “Really don’t feel like going to school today… Think I have a plan” If you’ve seen the movie, you know what happens from here. If not, watch it now and starting following the account, the day is still ongoing — they’re at the baseball game right now.
This is a great idea all around. And whoever is behind it not only set up an account for Ferris, but for other key cast members as well, like Sloane Peterson (Ferris’ girlfriend), Jeanie Bueller (Ferris’ sister), yes, even Mr. Rooney — though Cameron is notably absent. Still, the length to which this role playing goes is impressive.
And it’s not just Twitter.
The Ferris account is also checking in at various places using Foursquare too. Here’s Ferris checking into to Wrigley Field to watch the aforementioned baseball game. Foursquare’s new rules that allow for fake check-ins but not to reward them points is obviously working here.
This is awesome. So awesome. But someone set up an account for Cameron please.
Update 2: Apparently there’s a badge you can earn on Foursquare by visiting some locations from the movie thanks to Explore Chicago. The fake Bueller account has not gotten the badge yet.
Update 3: And sadly, hours later it’s over — appropriately with this tweet: “You’re still here? It’s over. Go home…. Go.“
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