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To follow, but never to lead…

By Brian | March 1, 2011 | Share on Facebook

OK, the social media revolution is complete. I joined Twitter.

I’ve been reading too many articles lately in which some newswire is relaying news – typically celebrity news – based on what the celebrity in question has just tweeted. So, I figure, why not use Twitter as the news source it has become? I do not ever intend to tweet (I’m already on Facebook, and I honestly can’t see a reason to be on both, unless I’m caught in a real life, hashtag-worthy event…). Rather, I plan to use Twitter as a kind of “Facebook of the Stars,” in which I can read about what various celebrities are telling the world without having to catch up on them through E! Online or Yahoo! Gossip or some other aggregator that has worked an exclamation point into their name.

So, at the advice of a friend, I googled “Most Twitter Followers,” which led me to this site – a list of the one thousand most popular tweeters. Of the thousand I found there, I “followed” 59 people. Here they are, sorted in order from most followers to least:

1) Lady Gaga21) Al Yankovic41) Hugh Jackman
2) Justin Bieber22) Larry King42) David Blaine
3) Britney Spears23) Wil Wheaton43) Drew Carey
4) Barack Obama24) Lindsay Lohan44) Lea Michele
5) Kim Kardashian25) Penn Jillette45) Miranda Cosgrove
6) Katy Perry26) Bill Cosby46) Craig Ferguson
7) Ellen DeGeneres27) Dalai Lama47) John Hodgman
8) Taylor Swift28) Brent Spiner48) William Shatner
9) Oprah Winfrey29) Alyssa Milano49) Steve Martin
10) Justin Timberlake30) Kevin Nealon50) Sarah Palin
11) Ashley Tisdale31) Nick Swisher51) Seth Meyers
12) Ryan Seacrest32) Yoko Ono52) Tina Fey
13) Paris Hilton33) Sarah Silverman53) Roger Ebert
14) Demi Moore34) Neil Patrick Harris54) Bill Maher
15) Jimmy Fallon35) John Cleese55) Joan Rivers
16) John Legend36) Dr. Phil56) Pamela Anderson
17) Al Gore37) Barbara Walters57) Miley Cyrus
18) Conan O’Brien38) WikiLeaks58) Jessica Simpson
19) Dr. Drew39) Michael Moore59) Howard Stern
20) Stephen Colbert40) Kathy Griffin

In terms of actual entertainment, I am fans of some of these folks and not of others, but they all looked like they might produce interesting tweets, which was my only criteria here (and thus concludes the story of how a Twitter user came to follow both Michael Moore and Sarah Palin on the same day. If only I had a way to share this exciting news with everyone I know. Oh yeah, that’s right: Facebook).

Anyway, first impressions of Twitter as news source:

Yeah – this is gonna get weird fast…

Topics: Blogging about Blogs, Movie Talk, Primetime TV, Words about Music | 3 Comments »

3 Responses to “To follow, but never to lead…”

  1. Jeff Porten says at March 1st, 2011 at 4:27 am :
    You’re missing out if you don’t tweet. The deal with Twitter is that it forms a different community than you have on Facebook. I have a loose work/personal split between my Twitter and Facebook communities, but my suspicion is that even if were a lot of the same people, it would still be different based on the different media.

    That said, Facebook is Homecoming, Twitter is a personalized news of the world. Find people whose opinion matters to you, follow them, and then share what comes to mind. @jeffporten when you get around to it. I’ll follow you, if for no other reason than it would be interesting to see how the hell we communicate with each other in 140 character chunks.

  2. Konstantin says at March 1st, 2011 at 11:56 am :
    I haven’t accessed my Tweet in over a year I think. Mostly facebook now, including up-to-the-minute updates if need to be.

  3. Brian says at March 1st, 2011 at 1:33 pm :
    @Jeff – that’s precisely the point: I don’t want another, different community to follow. I can see how your work is more aligned to a Twitter crowd, whereas Twitter is not permitted for professional communication in my line of work. For me, Facebook is 95% friends, and 5% colleagues who I also consider friends (although I will admit to being careful about what I post to Facebook if I know they’re watching).

    Re: “personalized news of the world,” I think we’re saying the same thing (I called it “the news source it has become”), hence my prediction that I will be only a reader and not a tweeter. Who knows, maybe I’ll be proven wrong someday…


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