I’ve been meaning for a couple of weeks to post about the celebrity invasion of Twitter, but Sally Whittle pipped me to it while I was bogged down with a heavy workload. I pretty much agree with Sally. I’m slightly unnerved by the outbreak of Twitter groupie-ism toward celebrities as they’ve followed the example of Stephen Fry and Jonathan Ross and begun tweeting. People I’d normally consider sane and sensible on Twitter have not been immune to this outbreak of slavering over any D-lister who’s suddenly decided to get in on the act. I do follow Fry and Ross myself, but I’ve been following them since they joined as I’m a genuine fan of both. And also Andy Murray, who never, ever replies to his followers but does give interesting insights into the life of a tennis pro.
When celebrities started overrunning the Twitterverse, I was intrigued enough to follow Philip Schofield for a couple of days but my feed was clogged with dull tweets from him, proving that most celebrities have nothing of interest to impart to the masses. They should stick to their day jobs. Worryingly, Twitterfeeds have sprung up to verify how genuine the celebrity tweeters are (because, unsurprisingly, there has been a rash of fakes). Valebrity is one such. There are hundreds of celebrities on Twitter now, at once reflecting our society’s obsession with the famous and the famous-for-being-famous. I’m ignoring them all, apart from the three I’ve always followed.
But it seems as though all these celebrities invading Twitter may have a purpose after all!
Journalist Linda Jones (on Twitter as @Joner) is planning to publish a Twitter book of comic short stories to raise cash for the very worthy cause of Comic Relief. Read her blog for details of her plans for this amazing Twitter project. And get involved. I’ve already committed to donating my time and copy-editing skills to help raise money for deprived children in the UK and Africa. So if you want to write something funny, get stuck in.
Better still, if you’re one of those following any celebrities on Twitter, please ask them to donate a quote or a quip, or to lend their celebrity in some other useful way for Linda’s project. And retweet any callouts you see from me or Linda or anyone else to keep this project at the forefront of the Twitterverse. Together we CAN make this happen and raise a lot of hard cash for needy and vulnerable kids.
Finally, there IS a reason all those celebrities joined Twitter – it’s to help raise money for Comic Relief.