Ever feel that celebrities are mysterious? That they are hidden in their expensive mansions behind 12 ft high gates, and attend interviews where they reel off prepared speeches? That you never get to see the “real” person? So how did Twitter change all this?
With celebrities setting up Twitter accounts and tweeting about their everyday lives, we can follow what happens behind those gates, and build a picture, allowing us to understand our idols better, and making us realise that behind all those covers, they’re just like us.
We’ve all jumped on this trend of “celebrity friends”, so which celebrities are coming top on Twitter?
- Lady Gaga 8327498
- Justin Bieber 7442377
- Britney Spears 6909770
- Barack Obama 6708012
- Kim Kardashian 6384157
- Ashtun Kutcher 6358229
- Ellen DeGeneres 5938829
- Kate Perry 5851087
- Taylor Swift 5363255
- Oprah Winfrey 5140505
Twitter allows celebrities to say; what they’re doing, where they’re going, what they’re eating, what they’re watching, what they like and how they feel about something.
“It’s fascinating for ordinary people to look at these twitter streams and see some multimillionaire enjoying a bit of Apprentice or some TV programme that we watch, making us realise they are just one of us”
Twitter can benefit a celebs image, as it creates a closer relationship with fans, but is it all good?
Many journalists find it hard to get celebrities to talk to them, but if they turn to twitter, celebs are blurting out everything about their lives, for millions of people online to see. It has also been used by celebs as a way to de-stress, and in many cases, they have been quite indiscrete about what they say, creating a PR nightmare. Frankie Boyle has observed:
“Twitter has replaced muttering to yourself on the sofa”
Most recently, football players have been scrutinised for their use of Twitter, with “Liverpool’s Ryan Babel posting a mocked-up photo of referee Howard Webb in a Manchester United shirt (for which he was fined £10,000 by the FA)”. This has stirred up the Football Association, with warnings that “players could be sued by third parties over contentious internet postings on social networking sites”.
It is not just football players that get themselves into trouble on the site. Celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan have often said the wrong things online, with many celebrity feuds such as Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.
In the United States, the NFL have developed a Twitter policy which says that “players must not tweet 90 minutes before kick-off and until they have met post-match media obligations”. So will all celebrities soon have to follow strict rules like this, for their Twitter usage? And will a correct “Twitter etiquette” be defined for those celebrities who don’t “think before speaking”?
But the underlying question is – why do we have a fascination of looking into celebrities lives? And if new rules get added, will this remove celebrities from our newly defined image of them as “just like us”…