What’s the difference between Twitter and TV? These days, it’s hard to tell. If you have your television on for even an hour a day I’m sure that you have heard the word Twitter on just about every channel you surf. There has been a huge increase of celebrity Twitter accounts lately, everything from musicians, to movie stars to newscasters. Ellen DeGeneres started her own Twitter account this month, announced it on her show and overnight she had approximately 33,000 followers! (Check out her monologue about Twitter, it’s pretty funny.) Today she has some 397,534 followers. For many of you, following celebrities may sound like a waste of time, but for those of you that already are fans of particular shows like Ellen or American Idol you can see the reactions of the hosts about a particular show, see pictures from back stage or in the green room of Leno and much more. It’s just like being there or maybe even better!
Twitter has also become a way to interact with your favorite television show. Bravo’s Top Chef started their own Twitter account manned by two popular cast-offs, Andrew and Spike from season four. While Top Chef aired (the season is over now) Andrew and Spike would sit behind their computers and tweet away about the show. They would make comments about the contestant’s food, what they were doing, their projections of the winner, or just plain heckling the contestants and even the judges from the safety of their own couch. It was pretty entertaining.
The Academy Awards were also very interactive this year on Twitter as was the Super Bowl. If you go to “Search” on your Twitter account (at the very bottom of your screen), you will see different “Trending Topics”. During the live broadcast of the Academy Awards and the Super Bowl these events quickly became trending topics. People were tweeting about the fashion and their own thoughts on who would win which awards at the Oscars. For the Super Bowl, people were tweeting about not only the Super Bowl game itself but even more so about all of the commercials.
Still all this opinion sharing can get dangerous……Twitter has caused some problems for some television shows. Greg Grunberg who is an actor on the popular show, Heroes, tweeted “Tough to say goodbye to crew not knowing if any or all of us will return next year”. This caused quite a stir for Heroes fans thinking that the show was going to be canceled. Note to self: remember who’s watching/listening!
For those of us who like a more newsworthy Twitter and to keep up to date with headlines and breaking news, you can follow The Today Show, CNN, NY Times and many more all on Twitter. More than likely you can even follow your own local newspaper!
If you are still wondering if Twitter is something for you and you are fan of any TV show whether it be a reality show, a drama, a soap opera or a news show, chances are that show and even it’s actors/hosts are on Twitter waiting for you to interact. Take a look and give your two cents! I wonder what would happen if they could change the show based on commentary in the Twitterverse….. now that could get interesting!
In the meantime, here is a list of celebrities you might be interested in following:
Who are your favorite celebrities that you follow? Let us know!
Lauren (aka @Laniha82)
Thanks for the CNN picture RichieC