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The Twitter Report: Twilebs

King of the multi-tweet message.

Initially, I had very little interest in following famous people on Twitter. It’s the same reason that I can’t get into Entourage. Watching or hearing about other people fly around the world with models or go to Yankee Stadium with Harry Bellafonte is no fun because it is exactly the life that I want to live. It’s like reading the diary of a person who won $150 million in Powerball, walked out of work at 10 A.M., got a breakfast sandwich, and then wore pajamas every day for the next six months no matter what he did. Too close to home.

I joined Twitter in March of last year. I started following @Questlove, a safe start in my mind. Questo is about what you would expect - cool, humble, at times pretty goofy. I remember he was tweeting hard in the beginning. He talked in long streams of thoughts that read like a blog. I was close to giving him the axe, but he reined his tweets in and has done some pretty fun stuff with his account since. One sleepless night, ?uest made a beat, recorded the drum part live, and tweeted video updates. He’s a talented guy and it’s always interesting to watch talented people go to work.

On the more nonsensical side of things, in the October 9th edition of the Final Countdown, Culture Blues was the first (or definitely close to the first) to break the news that @RealTracyMorgan had joined the Twitisphere.

It took just three tweets for Morgan get a new nickname:

He’s helpful:

And honest:

His tweets were like his characters; goofy and seemingly random. Entertaining of course, and yet somehow weirdly insightful.

Tracy Morgan only has tweeted 20 times since he started his account (they pretty much stopped after his Carnegie Hall performance), so it might be a while before we hear from him again. It’s unfortunate too, because he’s a really funny guy with absolutely no filter; these are the people that have the potential to make Twitter truly great.

In the fan service category, @wale (pronounced WAHL-ay) is a meticulous rapper who approaches Twitter in a similarly detail oriented fashion. He does a good job of building bonds with his fans, but he also attracts a decent amount of haters:

and does not hesitate to address them:

That goes for concertgoers too.

In his defense, Wale once followed through on his tweet by shouting out the first five people that hit him up on Twitter:

at the end of his “Thank You” freestyle.

People are generally quick to dismiss Twitter as pointless and trite, but people like these are turning it into an engaging and fresh way for celebrities and fans to communicate. The days of fan mail are over; if you want to say something to your favorite celebrity or artist, go on Twitter and just say it. There is a strong chance that he or she will see it, and (depending on the person) at least a remote chance that you get a reply. This gives us a level of intimacy that we would have been nearly impossible prior to the Internet and Twitter.

For example, I complained to Jimmy Johns about the lack of attention they give me and I was shocked to get a reply. And that’s just a sandwich shop, I can’t even imagine the freak out I’d have if Tracy Morgan said something to me.

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