RT @FamousActor It’s really me!

19 03 2009

A couple months ago, I wrote about the idea of celebrities using Twitter as a marketing tool. Well, I just stumbled across a blog that’s got me thinking about it yet again. I think it’s a cool concept, but I generally question the legitimacy of these celebrities’ identities on the site. Like I said in my previous post, it just doesn’t seem overly plausible that the star of a huge Hollywood blockbuster or primetime drama is going to use Twitter solely for the purpose of promoting that project – it seems a lot more likely that someone in some communications office somewhere would take on that responsibility, just using the celebrity’s name.

BUT – yes, there is a but – what about celebrities who want to tweet about things in their personal lives? This is where that mysterious blog I Confessions of a Twitterholicmentioned a whole paragraph ago comes into play. On theTVaddict.com, the writer of the post “Confessions of a Twitterholic: Your Ultimate Guide to TV on Twitter” brings together his love for TV with his love for Twitter by offering readers a list of TV actors who have Twitter accounts. He also provides a link to another page with a list of some TV writers and producers.

Now, my first thought was a sceptical one. I figured that most, if not all of these tweets would actually be written by someone else just representing the celebrity. But then I clicked on some of the links and was pleasantly surprised. It seemed pretty obvious that some of the accounts weren’t maintained personally by the celebrity, but a lot of them seemed legitimate. Some had tweets about doing things with family and friends, their plans for the day, or what they had for dinner, and a lot had the classic self-shot profile picture taken in their living room or wherever. The accounts that really convinced me, however, were the ones that didn’t allow me to see the tweets – I could see their self-shot pictures, but I was blocked from seeing anything they had written unless I started following them. This made me feel like there was a lot less possibility that the Twitter account was just a marketing tool, because a marketing tool that doesn’t allow people to freely access it immediately doesn’t seem too effective.

While knowing every little thing that my favourite actor or producer is up to isn’t particularly interesting to me, the fact that these celebrities have thousands of followers means that it is pretty interesting to some people. And I may not feel the need to follow them, but I do like the idea that so many TV celebrities are opening up little bits of their lives to their fans – you know, those people they owe their careers to…