Whether you think Senator "clean feed" Conroy is a twit or a visionary, you can now follow his every move on Twitter.
If you're smoldering about the concept of the government forcing ISPs to filter your internet access
, or the slow progress in getting a national broadband network, you'll need to take your fight to Senator Stephen Conroy -- the Rudd Government's Minister for Broadband.
But as an ordinary Joe, you'll find the Minister isn't easy to contact. If you can work through the switchboard, receptionist, aides, call centres, ministerial taskforces and committees, you still may never be able to speak to The Man.
All that's about to change though -- you can now follow Senator Conroy's progress (and chat to him publicly) on Twitter.
For example, on October 31, Conroy told us: "Hello all.. well ill be leaving Melbourne
Shortly.. is anyone in the Chairmans lounge? ill be there in 30mins."
Another update -- surprisingly self-deprecating -- "Nice morning in Melbourne.. I can smell the coffee and the distaste for me like never before! FRESH!"
However, people looking for real insight into Conroy's life will be disappointed to discover the Senator isn't posting the updates himself -- his Twitter profile links to the lobby group website nocleanfeed.com.
The real Senator now has a fake virtual identity, along the same lines as Fake Steve Jobs, who turned out to be Forbes journalist Dan Lyons. The Fake Steve Conroy twitters don't have the same wit or insight as FSJ, but they're amusing nonetheless, if only for the subversion of Senator Conroy's virtuous internet filtering beliefs.
You can follow Fake Steve Conroy's twitters here.