KFC Is Only Following 11 People on Twitter — and the Reason Is Iconic
This article originally appeared on People
KFC just won over the internet, and it's all because of their strong social media game.
On Thursday, Twitter user @edgette22 realized KFC's official Twitter account only follows 11 people: the five former members of Spice Girls, and six men named Herb. The only possible (and sneaky) reason? The fast food chain's fried chicken recipe consists of 11 herbs and spices.
The recipe is rumored to be ⅔ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon thyme, ½ teaspoon basil, ⅓ teaspoon oregano, 1 teaspoon celery salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon dried mustard, 4 teaspoons paprika, 2 teaspoons garlic salt, 1 teaspoon ground ginger and 3 teaspoons white pepper. And that makes 11. Let's give a slow clap for the brand's expert marketing technique.
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One of the users that KFC follows, writer Herb Scribner, knew something was up a few days ago, tweeting: "So @KFC just followed me, five other people named Herb and … the Spice Girls. That's cute."
It's unknown how long KFC has been patiently waiting for someone to notice their marketing move, but people are just now losing their minds over it.
Even Wendy's, though salty, is tipping their hat to the Twitter stunt writing, "Just realized they weren't following back. Rude. Good joke though."
KFC, who recently reintroduced Colonel Sanders with actor Ray Liotta on their commercials, has been working all of their marketing angles. But this one wins everything.