This week I am welcoming my oldest daughter back to Twitter. I opened her eyes to it a few years ago, but being ‘Mom’ if I did it it must not be that cool. But she has seen the light and is loving every minute of it! I don’t want to sit here and say nasty things like “Twitter Etiquette” because I don’t follow it, but there are just some things that need to be said about Twitter and “The Verified.”
I am trying to remember what life was like without the net, and the things I had to go through to find information about someone famous that I liked. Yes, I did my fair share of begging and pleading with my mom to buy me magazines like BOP because that was the only line of communication we had with famous faces in the movies. I went so far as to type up a letter to Lorimar Pictures about a guy named Thor Van Lingen who played “Billy” in Return of the Living Dead Part II.
I put that letter in a business envelope and snail mailed it (remember this was back in 88) then I sat around for weeks waiting for a reply. I did get a reply but it wasn’t what I asked for. However I was just excited that someone in a company far away took the time to send a random 14 year old a package containing goodies from the movie! (On a side note I did eventually find Thor and had a series of really awesome email correspondences with him back in 03, even got his IMDB updated for the “Where Are They Now?” He’s over at TheBoxSet.com if you’re interested!)
Enough of the cute back story, on to why I am writing this. We have the best tool in the world short of having everyone wear a personal cam. We have Twitter connected to smart phones with GPS. It’s like a stalkers’ wet dream out there. And everyone knows this. I am ALL OVER Twitter. I have a nice number of friends, I follow a slew of famous people that are Verified (to be the actual people), and have fun and interesting conversations. I would love to personally thank all The Verified people out there who are willing to share all their stuff with us. So consider this post a Thank You!
There are some of us out there who can’t grasp the concept that The Verified are just people, like us, with just a different and more noticeable job. They go to the grocery store and buy their own food, they probably fart when they sleep, they stub their toes on the coffee table. Just like you and me. (No I am not admitting that I fart in my sleep.)
For a week, I ran a search on one Verified person, and was just amazed as my Tweetdeck went scrolling by. During a slow time there were well over 100 mentions of the name in one hour. Of course after this person posts something, the shit gets real. 100+ RT’s in the first minute or two. I will not mention the person, but I am sure you could figure it out. What these people seem to think is that ALL of these tweets are actually read. Unless I have absolutely nothing to do for a few hours I could possibly follow a quarter of these conversations. For a person who has a life, a job, family and a busy schedule there is no way this is happening. Now I know there will be a few people that read this who won’t like it, but hey opinions and assholes. I myself will admit that I didn’t get a follow, but it’s all good, do you know HOW MANY people want follows? “People in Hell want Slurpees.”
Can’t we just be happy to be a part of something so awesome like this?