We're getting a lot of inquiries about various social networking accounts which claim to be the real Roloffs; fans are wondering if they're legit? Particularly in recent days after this picture...
...appeared on "Jacob's" twitter page, people are wondering if they're real...
The answer is no. They are fakes or impersonators. They often have morsels of truth that they say and that helps make them appear authentic. Example: One of the "fake Jeremy" accounts recently posted a "Young pics" album, which were the pictures we passed along on here in association with the 1998 article. Or they find a real picture (ie. the Jacob/Taylor example) and post; then people are convinced the account is authentic.
http://twitter.com/mattroloff is the real Matt, however he doesn't use it, despite publicly saying that TLC encourages them to use them.
Most of the "supposed" Roloff accounts on those sites appear to be linked together (ie, the fake Molly twitter, directs people to the fake Molly on Myspace, the fake Jacob on twitter is connected to the fake Jeremy on twitter, etc). One thing I have to say is humorous about all the fake pages, is they all write "This is the real Jeremy James Roloff (or Amy J Roloff or Molly, etc)...as if that means anything since the impersonator is the one writing it. I would love for humor sake for one of the fakes to say "I am not the real Molly Roloff, I am just pretending to be her." An honest fake! :-)
Basically in general, this is what you need to know about the Roloffs and sites like those as we see it: If you think the Roloffs are talking to you and hundreds or thousands of other fans....they are not the real Roloffs.
With very rare exception, the Roloff family members do not associate with fans on the internet unless there is going to be money involved (from you or a group to the Roloffs). The Roloffs are paid public speakers; if you contact them regarding a business opportunity, then you might hear from them.
The Roloffs also are still "offering" their $250 charge for 30 minutes (for up to 3 people, $50 each additional person) with them for a pre-arranged visit.... wait, scratch that....the Roloffs have raised the price -- it is now $300 -- http://mattroloff.com/?p=287 .
If you are a big enough supporter of them that you think it would be neat to talk to them on the internet, well, the Roloffs sell autographed merchandise on mattroloff.com as well as jars of their dirt. It's a business. It's about making more money. They are paid for the show. That's all they are contracted to do. It's obviously easier for them to spend no time on their fans and every three or four months when Matt's assistants send out his newsletters, include a sentence about how much they appreciate and adore their fans or say they have great fans during a television or radio interview. However, the Roloffs aren't into showing that in a tangible way.
That is the gist of the Roloffs and their fan dealings on the internet. Fan interaction for the Roloffs is a business; they want to make money directly from the fan interaction. Why talk to their fans for free when there is money to be made from fan interaction? Years ago Matt used to interact with fans directly on some sites. Now when Matt wants to communicate something to the fans he goes through "his people". Does that sound like "Going Hollywood" to anyone? :-) Years ago when Matt Roloff would email their newsletters they were actually very nice letters - very personal, like someone would send family or friend. More recently, the direction has changed considerably and they're usually only sent in time to promote something and the content is all about business, how to buy things from them and the personal details that fans enjoy are lacking.
With very, very rare exception the Roloffs don't associate with normal fans online. If you're fan, but you are "famous" yourself or know someone who is or you run a service that the Roloffs may be interested in using, then you're exempt from being a "normal" fan.
Let's face it, for them, it is not fun to spend time talking to people they don't know or to be asked repetitive questions about things that may not even be true -- I think most people would agree it would be awkward for Jeremy to respond to compliments about his stance (abstaining from, supposedly) about teen drinking that some people believe because that is what Jeremy said in the book.
The Roloffs (unlike a large majority of people in the public eye in 2010) don't do those types of things to be nice to fans or to show appreciation or gratitude. They don't post pictures and share them with fans just because they think fans would like to see them. That is just not their attitude with fans. Those things may help inspire fan loyalty or goodwill, but again, things like that require a little bit of their time and they aren't getting paid directly for it.
The Roloffs go to the extent of issuing really bad excuses (we have to tell it like it is, they are bad excuses! :) for why they don't interact with fans. These are some of the excuses that they have floated about over the years:
*They are always too busy ...you can probably determine by yourself how ridiculous that is to believe, but we are told that recently it couldn't be further from the truth, especially for Jeremy and Zach. We've been told by fans who also attend PCC, that, for example, Jeremy apparently only has classes 2 days a week. Their job is to play themselves on the show, so no 'real' job although the one they get paid for is obviously very profitable. That's a heck of a lot of free time. Can a 19 and a half year old ever get bored of too much time to snow-board, hunt, go crabbing, hiking, road trips, play video games, attend parties, etc...The point is apparently even Jeremy is lamenting about how much free time he has on his hands, according to college classmates of some of his friends.
*They don't really use computers...(just ignore all the computer monitors, laptops, iPhones that you see on the show, often three or four in one room)
*There are the fake accounts so they can't have real ones (yeah, I've never understood the logic in that excuse either ;-))
*They don't consider themselves celebrities (though they offer that $300 deal as well as sell autographed merchandise and encourage people to watch them on tv or dvd which sounds very much like embracing being a celebrity...).
Obviously if they go to the trouble of making bad excuses for why they do not interact with fans that tells you all you need to know when you see a "Roloff" on one of those sites interacting with yourself or fellow fans. The "fake" Roloffs are almost always very polite to fans (though they appear to give a lot of one word responses "Thanks", "Yes", "No"...but hey at least they make the effort ;-)) on those accounts and basically how fans wish the Roloffs were, but keep in mind, they are not the real Roloffs.
That's not to suggest that if you're interested in the Roloffs that you may never want to check out the fake accounts -- the fake accounts sometimes have real pictures and things fans generally enjoy seeing. Just keep in mind, though, they are not the real Roloffs.