I think we’ve all seen the reports of celebrity meltdowns and missteps on Twitter. Are you following any of these celebrities or is this news to you?
The Stars, they are a’Tweetin’!
It’s a pretty common occurrence these days, with Lady Gaga’s anorexia tweet being the latest as of this writing.
I don’t believe I follow any of the truly controversial celebs, but I do follow several of the more tame ones, I guess. I’m not really the one looking to read a lot of drama, though. Also I don’t follow the ones who just spit out a stream of promotional events that are obviously written by some intern or assistant.
Even so, why do I follow these celebrities? Whether you’re using Twitter purely for social reasons or if you’re using it as part of a social media strategy, you’re still looking to engage with your followers and the people you follow, right?
Why follow people who most likely will never follow you back, nor reply to any tweets you send their way, nor probably even notice you exist?
For some, I suspect they hold the hope that their favorite celebs may one day respond to them or maybe even follow them against all odds. It’s quite the longshot, but when you look at it, the potential is truly there.
Never have celebrities been this accessible before. Sure there have been official websites, forums, MySpace pages and more recently Facebook pages, but Twitter is a more immediate medium where you get the feeling that these guys are right there on your level and you can talk to them.
So I’m guessing many people do it with the hope that they might be noticed one day by one of their favorite stars.
As I mentioned above, I do follow some celebrities, but I go into it knowing that this is a one way street. I’m paying attention to them but they’re not seeing anything I write. Which is fine for me since I don’t expect anything more.
Even though I’ve been known to fire off replies to a celeb tweet or just shoot off a tweet here or there, I don’t ever really think I’m gonna get a reply (even though I do think they might read it sometime). There’s just no way they can reply to everyone who mentions them.
I have about 1800 followers at this time. That’s a pretty low count these days on Twitter. But still if I get into a conversation with 5 or 6 people at a time I can feel like I’m overwhelmed. At least I do when all those mentions are coming and my phone is blowing up. It can get kind of crazy.
Now imagine if you’re famous and you’ve got over 100,000 followers and 1,000 of those people are tweeting at you all at once. Some of these guys get retweeted like 1,500 times on average. Can you imagine all those retweet mentions coming at you? You’d better not have those notices going to your main email address…
Anyway, with all those people they’d have to pick and choose carefully who they’re going to reply to, if anyone, so I’m not really mad at ‘em for being selective.
That brings me back to the question: Why do I follow them if I’m going to get no interaction?
Well, the celebs I follow tend to be comedians and people of that sort. I don’t need to interact with them to laugh at a funny tweet. I made up a list of these guys and put them into a column in Hootsuite to follow them easier. Some days I’ll scroll through that column and just burst out laughing. To me that’s a good enough reason to follow.
So who do I follow, anyway?
So far I follow close to 40 celebrities. I’ll run through some of the people I follow and why. I’m sure you’ll know the majority of these folks.
I think everyone has seen the Wayan’s movies like Scary Movie, White Chicks, or my favorite Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood.
He’s branched out a bit from the family tree and had some solo success, as well. I’ve pretty much watched everything he’s been in, including Dungeons and Dragons and G.I. Joe.
I used to love that old Wayans Brothers sitcom on the WB network, not to mention all the work he did before that on their In Living Color tv show.
Marlon always has something funny to say on Twitter, and he also tweets about current events and about the comedy scene in general. I’ve learned a few things reading his tweets, and if I can learn and laugh that’s a win-win.
Many times you can see Marlon respond to fans who have seen his show. So if you’ve paid money to see his show, and you tweet about it to him then your chances of getting a response increase somewhat -makes sense to me.
Here’s Marlon out on the street giving an impromptu performance…
Conan was always one of those comedians who I wouldn’t go looking for, but every time I watched him, I laughed.
Although I didn’t get involved in the day to day back and forth with the Tonight Show drama, I was glad Conan landed a show on TBS and was able to keep going.
I seem to remember him making a big deal out of choosing to follow back one of his followers at random, but when I look at his page now, he’s following zero people. Maybe that person couldn’t take the pressure of creating tweets funny enough to withstand the constant scrutiny of Conan O’Brien?
Check out this video of Conan buying out Pete Cashmore from Mashable.com.
I know, I know…he’s just following her to ogle her pictures.
Strangely enough, she doesn’t post that many pictures of herself. No doubt she realizes there’s more than enough half-naked photos of her floating about and we’re capable enough to Google them for ourselves.
Go ahead, I’ll wait.
So, welcome back! Here’s the thing, even though I’ve seen her in a bunch of tv shows and movies, I never gave her a second thought until she showed up on an episode of Real Time with Bill Maher one night. Man, the facts and figures and knowledge she was dropping were pretty impressive to me.
Olivia is a real crusader, and she’s always involved in some sort of effort to help people, with a lot of her efforts going to Haiti recently as seen in this Huffington Post article: Baseball in the Time of Cholera.
So while it’s true she’s not really a comedian/comedienne and doesn’t necessarily make me laugh, I tend to agree and empathize with a lot of the links and info she posts, and a lot of it raises my awareness of the plight of others around the world.
I did read on her website before that she was into the vegan lifestyle. To that I’ll have to pull an Al Bundy and say “NO, MA’AM.” I’ll have none of that. I’m off to grab a burger after I finish this article…
Anyway, here’s a clip of her from Tron Legacy:
Since I mentioned Bill above, now’s as good a time as any to get to him.
Even though I don’t always necessarily agree with everything he says, it’s usually intelligent and funny so it works out for me.
Watching his show each week exposes me to many people from different aspects of life that I wouldn’t normally see like authors, political figures from other states that don’t necessarily always get the limelight, actors, musicians, former “disgraced” politicians and really a huge cross-section of people who never fail to bring up some point I just didn’t consider before then.
I can always count on a laugh and some interesting links from him. Bill’s tweets have sometimes been a bit controversial (the latest one regarding Tim Tebow a few months back), although never to the point of the Lady Gaga firestorm I mentioned above.
Here’s a clip from a recent episode of Real Time with Bill Maher:
Joan Rivers just cracks me up on Twitter. Even though I don’t watch any of her shows (the last thing I saw her in regularly was Celebrity Apprentice a few years back), I like her humor and she always has something to say about current events and other celebs. I love her “Snooki” jokes, especially.
Every time some celebrity screws up in the media I just know Joan will have something to say about it.
I actually see quite a bit of fan interaction from her. She’s a very savvy business woman and she knows how to work a hustle, so when someone tweets at her asking when her show is on I’ve seen her respond almost instantly to let them know. I’ve also seen her honor a lot of the “happy birthday” requests that all stars get (you know “Joan it’s my sister’s birthday can you say happy birthday to her??”).
It has to be a chore when there are 500 people coming at you asking for this, but that she makes an effort is pretty cool to me.
Here’s a funny clip of Joan talking about Angelina Jolie from the Graham Norton Show over in Great Britain:
I’ve seen this actress in quite a few movies, but similar to Olivia Wilde I guess I just didn’t take much notice until I saw her in the Showtime series Shameless.
If you haven’t seen it then you just gotta check it out. The Gallagher family is a trip!
Apparently the show is a direct remake of a long running British version, so some of you from the UK have already seen the stories play out.
Anyway, the one thing I noticed about Emmy Rossum right away is that she actually would live-tweet during the show. She does a lot of fan interaction and is pretty good about staying on her hustle with promoting her show and other Showtime series.
Honestly, I had to avoid the live-tweets since I normally don’t watch anything the actual night it comes on and I didn’t want the show spoiled for me, but I appreciated the effort she put in.
You can count on a lot of Instagram self-photos from her, too. She takes a lot of shots of the various cities she’s in and the scenery around her -and if she’s in the shot, even better.
Recently she had a fan contest to design her Facebook fan page cover photo. I was going to take part in it but I was too lazy. Aw, shucks. You can check out the winning entry here: Emmy Rossum’s Facebok Fan Page.
So here’s a Shameless trailer:
And another Shameless scene with Emmy Rossum:
Wanda’s humor always made me laugh. I remember her from back in the days on the old Chris Rock Show, and I’ve watched her in pretty much everything she’s popped up in since then.
She has a kind of dry humor that’s perfect for Twitter. Kind of like Joan Rivers, you can always count on her to chime in with something funny about current events.
Here’s a clip where she recounts meeting a racist dolphin:
A lot of you might not be familiar with this guy. I first saw him on the tv show Lost back in the day, but more recently I watch him on a show called The Vampire Diaries on The CW network here in the U.S.
Initially I had no intention on watching this show, since the early promos concentrated heavily on the teen drama and love triangle stuff. I didn’t think I could take it so I didn’t tune in.
After five or six episodes had aired I kept reading about how brutal this show was -especially Ian’s character Damon Salvatore. I didn’t expect that from a network tv show so I decided to go back and watch. Man, it was way more graphic than I thought it would be…
Ahh, that poor girl! But anyway…
Just on a whim, I decided to follow him on Twitter. It turn out he’s another tireless crusader. He’s always posting and trying to raise awareness of people/animals/environment in danger that need our help.
Ian always links to something interesting that I was previously ignorant about. I like that he’s decided to use his star power to try to help people.
Also, he takes care of his fans with the photos. He posts a lot of pictures of himself which his female fans really appreciate judging from their comments. I think this guy is really savvy and he’s keeping the hustle going, keeping his fans engaged and therefore more likely to listen to him, click his links and pass them on. I can’t knock it…
I can also sympathize since, like him, women are always begging me to post photos of myself in various stages of undress. It ain’t easy being this pretty all them time. I guess I’ll get by somehow…
He’s started his own foundation called The Ian Somerhalder Foundation. It’s mission (from the website):
The IS FOUNDATION aims to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.
I can’t deny that he’s passionate about using his fame and resources to try to make a difference. Again, I can’t knock this kind of hustle.
This is another actress that many will not be familiar with by name alone.
I first saw her in a bunch of failed NBC shows like Boomtown and Windfall. I think she even turned up on the Fox series 24 at one point.
In any event she’s now on the ABC series Once Upon a Time, where she plays the evil Queen Regina.
This was another show that I just wasn’t sure of. Obviously, I’m a guy who likes fantasy stories so it seemed to be up my alley but I wasn’t sure.
After I gave it a shot her performance as evil Queen/Mayor Regina actually sold me on the show.
Get this: I shot a tweet her way letting her know her performance sealed the deal for me. Guess what? She responded!
Whoohooo! My brush with Twitter greatness. This must be how the little people feel when I respond to them!
I kid, I kid…
Do you follow any celebrities on Twitter?
So there you have a small subset of my celeb list. I follow more but these are consistently the most interesting.
For some reason I never see any celebrities given shout-outs on Follow Fridays. I suspect this is because they hardly need help gaining followers.
If you guys are following any interesting/funny/cool celebrities let me know who (and why, if necessary) in the comments. I’m always on the lookout for some more funny tweets!