A friend of mine asked this question on Twitter and I know others wonder about this too.
So, here’s a bunch of thoughts I have on the subject, for both celebrity and follower.
I’m a veteran, internet user, I started using it in the 90s, and I’ve seen a lot of changes.
One of the things I remember most is how old media (Radio/TV/Newspapers) made it seem as though the only people who ever used the internet were geeks or paedophiles.
While much has changed, their opinion of us hasn’t changed all that much, despite them also having webpages now. 😉
Old media have brainwashed a whole generation of potential internet users into thinking “the internet is bad” while Newspapers and Television “are reliable” which as many of you realise by now is utter bullshit, Phone Hacking anyone?
Celebrities are forced online by their record company but then feel a bit creepy about having to interact with “creepy people”, Thanks for nothing, Rupert.
Some celebs think they haven’t got time for social media, but it really doesn’t take that long to do, Just knock out a few tweets while waiting at the dentist, even if it’s only “Waiting at the dentist sucks”, Consider it therapy.
What happens though if you’re absolutely awesome and have 100,000 followers?
This is easy, Think of Twitter as your radio station, and think about how many people are listeners, and out of all those people, think about how many would phone in to say hello, not many will, most are just there to be entertained by your soothing voice, your jokes and your music, and that’s fine.
Out of all those who tweet many will be the complimentary or complaining types, They’ll tell you they love you very much and want to have your babies, and that’s lovely, send a friendly hello to them occasionally.
The rest will ask interesting questions or even try to entertain you, follow these, these will be your regulars, I have regulars, regulars are cool, and it’s these people who will also prove most helpful to you.
Never, Never ask to be followed, This is massively important and applies to everybody equally. Whether you’re followed or not doesn’t matter a jot, it’s like a score in a computer game, a bunch of numbers, it’s nothing.
There are celebs who won’t follow you but who will still happily reply, They may not invite you to big parties but will “stick their head over your garden fence” and start a nice conversation about cucumbers, what’s wrong with that?
Bare in mind that you may not like some Writers, Actors or Musicians for their art, but they may be awesome on Twitter, it happens.
There are some celebs who are great at their art, but for some reason cannot get the hang of social networks, and simply feel awkward and uncomfortable. They sort of want to be involved but feel a bit of a failure online. This could be due to feeling introverted or just not all that good with technology.
I do understand the bit about being introverted. I was a DJ who loved his work, but would come home and relax with my Parents and my Dog, it was enough.
I’m not too bothered by the technology bit, but when I started I needed a lot of help, and sometimes still need it. There’s a perception among people who don’t use computers that people who do use computers know everything there is to know about them, the truth is we don’t, and often when we’re stuck, we use Google to find a solution.
I have been helping people with computers and the internet for some time, Including helping people understand the virtual world of “Second Life” on ABC Island,where I was a kind of moderator, and getting people settled in on other types of social media, like Twitter.
If you have any questions or thoughts, feel free to drop me a line, and please, if you are having social media problems, contact me and we’ll sort it out.