The craze started when some random girl tweeted a picture of the “hot” cashier checking out her groceries at Target. Yeah, I guess he’s not bad, but I’m not sure that he was worth sneaking a photo and posting. Actually, I’m not sure anyone is worth that. Anyway, Alex became a phenomenon within hours, and the hashtag #AlexFromTarget quickly started trending. How in the world is a teenage boy working at Target famous for simply being a cashier? Not only does he now have over 600,000 followers on Twitter, but he made an appearance on The Ellen Show, which then trended #AlexFromTargetAtTargetWithEllen. The kid is really milking this exposure tweeting things like “Am I famous now?” and “Already fake accounts of me” from @acl163. In my opinion, Alex is taking himself way too serious. No, you’re not famous, and people are already sick of hearing about you.
If we’re being honest, pointless fascinations are about ninety percent of Twitter. The other ten percent is a combination of complaints, various quotes, and song lyrics. It’s hard not to see a celebrity transformation, the most popular right now being ex-Nickelodeon star James Maslow, while scrolling through your timeline. Usually, the two photos are accompanied by something like “When will this happen to me?” or “Puberty did its job well.” Other celebs that get credit for changing drastically in front of our eyes are iCarly’s Nathan Kress, country star Carrie Underwood, and Cory in the House’s Madison Pettis. My personal favorite is Mr. Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in Harry Potter. Who knew how well puberty would treat him?
Who doesn’t love a puppy in a superhero costume? I know that my day is slightly brightened with the sight of an adorable baby animal. My favorite animal account is @CuteEmergency because it never spams the timeline with pointless tweets and finds the cutest pictures. With 1.3 million followers, the account is well-loved by quite a few Twitter users. I think that the account posts really cute pictures, but I also really appreciate the adorable captions that the owners include. For instance, "I nap inside your shoe" is kind of irresistible. Personally, I understand that there is nothing overall important about seeing a puppy or piglet, but I can’t say that I don’t enjoy seeing them on my timeline. It’s better than seeing someone complain about the weather or the lack of food in his or her house.
Unlike #AlexFromTarget and some of the other ideas I’ve profiled, Nina’s and Jake’s story is one that deserves to be heard loud and clear. Nina and Jake started out as a seemingly perfect high school couple. Nina was a cheerleader, who won Prom Queen, and Jake was a football player on the school’s team. The pair posted typical, yet adorable, couple photos on Instagram. However, Nina was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, yet Jake did not leave her side. He continued to tell of his love for her on social media until she unfortunately passed away a few days ago. The story is heart-warming and heart-breaking all at the same time and reminds us that there are some things so much more important than the screens we look down at every day.