“Minion is a term for favourites or protÃ©gÃ©s, especially those of a monarch or prince at a royal court. Unlike a henchman or lackey, although of subordinate rank to his patron a minion is likely to be of noble birth or to be raised to the nobility, and is more of a companion and confidant to him than a servant or bodyguard.”
In an increasingly digital age, our companions and confidants can be people we’ve never met. Forget your nobles and your lackeys – now we have Twitter followers, RSS subscribers and ravenous masses who pass judgments by Digging, Sphinning or StumblingUpon your posts. The instantaneousness and availability of our communication makes acquiring minions easy as falling off a log, and a lot less painful, for yourself and the log.
When I tried a MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game), I found myself talking to 39 new compatriots in real-time, using Ventrilo. Last night, while watching Barack Obama’s speech, I logged into Twitter and was treated to a live feed (a live tweet?) of the speech about 5 seconds before it occurred on my TV. (Connie Crosby, apparently, you can travel through TIME.)
So my questions to all you bloggers & top 100 Twitter users & Online Overlords are these: Who are your minions, protÃ©gÃ©s and confidants? How well do you know them? How did you acquire them? What would you do if you had an unlimited supply?