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That time Nassim Taleb debated a parody account

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, New York University professor and author
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Nassim Nicholas Taleb, New York University professor and author

If you follow @ProfJeffJarvis on Twitter, you know that he is a "thinkfluencer," which isn't a real word, nor is it a real Twitter account. Highly entertaining? Yes.

Apparently, Nassim Taleb, author of "The Black Swan," did not take the time to look at @ProfJeffJarvis's avatar (see:beer helmet) or read his biography. Closer inspection surely would have tipped him off that he was being goaded by a parody account.

@ProfJeffJarvis joined Twitter in March 2012 as a parody of Jeff Jarvis, journalism professor and author of What Would Google Do?

Luckily for us, Taleb did not take a closer look at the account, and we got to enjoy one of the greatest Twitter threads of all time. Taleb commented to CNBC.com, "I blocked some BS operator. Twitter is crowded."

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