To Twitter or not to Twitter? That is the question. Well, at least this is the big question that many celebrities are thinking about today. Some celebrities, like John Mayer, Miley Cyrus, and Amanda Bynes, have abandoned their Twitter accounts altogether, according to MSN.
Others, such as LeAnn Rimes, delete their accounts only to find they cannot live without it and come back to Twitter. What can possibly be causing all this angst for celebrities with Twitter?
Twitter allows stars to have a personal lifeline to their fans each day. It is a great vessel to release news and upcoming events for celebrities. Many of the big media outlets monitor celebrity Twitter accounts for this reason.
Along with the promotional aspect of Twitter, the site also allows celebrities to be more humanized to their fans. Instead of reading a weekly or monthly blurb in the news about the celebrity of things gone by, fans know what the celebrity is doing in real time. Something as simple as “I am heading off to dinner now,” is a benign but personal message many fans love to get the from their idols.
Justin Bieber has made his life a generic open book on Twitter. His tween fans love to hear what he is doing next, even in basic, non-detailed form. In a nut shell, Twitter has made the untouchables a little more accessible.
Celebrities have publicists for a reason. Each and every sentence released by someone in the public eye is usually sculpted by a publicist so nothing is misconstrued or taken out of context. The use of Twitter bypasses the publicist, which can lead to a disaster for the celebrity.
With Twitter accounts being monitored by media outlets worldwide, a simple harmless sentence can be blown up out of all proportion. This leaves the celebrity wide open for ridicule with even the most innocent of statements.
Statements from Twitter have been used to make fun of celebrities. According to MSN, “familiarity breeds contempt” when it comes to celebrities and their Twitter accounts. The fans get their daily doses of the celebrities’ lives in real time and, with the communication Twitter offers, they start to put their two cents in.
The distance between the stars and the fans might have been some of the intrigue. Twitter acts as a bridge between the two, taking away the mystery that was once a component of being star-struck.
There has to be a happy medium of less personal and a little more generic information being passed along. It is too late to say “no” to Twitter; it looks like it is here to stay. With all the other famous faces jumping aboard the Twitter train, as a public figure, you may be left and forgotten at the station.