How long have you been using Twitter? If the answer is “way too long,” then you’ve probably heard of Twitter Fancams. That said, unless you’re a teenager, you might not understand what it’s all about.
When you log into Twitter, a fancam will pop up in the most unexpected places. In this article, we will cover the origins of fancams and their evolution. Additionally, we’ll explain how best to use a fancam on Twitter.
What exactly is a Fancam?
If you’re not a Twitter user, you can decipher the concept of fancams by splitting the word. The term implies that it is fan-created video footage. Whose fan, you might be wondering? This is where it gets even more interesting.
The idea of a fancam is closely related to the K-Pop phenomenon. Wait. What is K-Pop? It is an extremely popular musical genre that originates from South Korea. But he is not just confined to his home country. K-Pop fans are international and many of them are American teenagers.
A person who loves K-Pop so much will create short videos of their favorite artists singing and dancing – this is called a fancam. These videos rarely exceed seconds, and K-Pop fans use all kinds of sources to create them. It can be their home videos of a concert, an official music video or a YouTube clip.
And since most K-Pop is a group of boy or girl groups, it is essential that they focus on one member in particular. Most of the fancam videos you’ll see on Twitter have poor picture and sound quality. But they’re easy to make and even easier to share.
How to Properly Use Fancam on Twitter
By now you might be wondering what are fancams on Twitter for. Well, for one thing, K-Pop groups tend to have incredibly active and dedicated followings. Their fans identify with them and closely follow the members of the groups on social networks.
When fancams started popping up about five years ago, it was to promote and popularize K-pop groups on Twitter. There are many fan sites and websites dedicated to a specific K-pop group or person. Fans can find lots of information and even sources for their fancam videos.
However, things have moved in a somewhat odd direction with fancams and Twitter. If you enter the fancam Twitter hashtag, you’ll see an endless list of fancam clips. Most of them are posted in replies and posts unrelated to K-Pop or even music.
Basically, fancams turned into Twitter spam. But even so, is there a right or wrong way to use a fancam? Not really. For the most part, Twitter users post fancams to distract people in replies to the original post. If someone tweeted something they don’t like, spamming the replies with fancams can prevent people from reading the replies themselves.
So in that sense, it actually has a purpose. But most of the time it’s just random and pretty much nonsense. You can think of it as teenage humor that only teenagers understand. Or, if you’re a K-pop fan, you’ll enjoy seeing fancams whenever they pop up on Twitter.
Fancams inspired by fancams
In a very predictable turn of events, K-Pop fancams inspired others. Twitter and Instagram users around the world have taken this concept and made it into something new. Now, a search for fancams on Twitter can lead to fan-made clips of a beloved celebrity doing something completely mundane, or standing on a red carpet at a glitzy event.
And it’s not just about the video either. The accompanying music is usually something very specific, or something that is simply meant to amp up the dazzling effect of the celebrity in question.
In the world of Twitter fancams, Timothée Chalamet is one of the most popular actors. There’s him standing on the red carpet or just smiling and waving. But there are plenty of other celebrities whose fans have turned them into fancams.
Are Twitter Fancams here to stay?
Remarkably, the Twitter Fancam trend is still going strong. Most things have an expiration date on Twitter, regardless of size. Just ask Baby Yoda. But K-Pop is different, their fans are passionate and always have plenty of free time.
But despite everything, fancams have stood the test of time and even found a way to shapeshift. They can be fun, but can also clutter up your Twitter feed. No matter how much you avoid fancams on Twitter, they will show up from time to time.
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