September, 2010

Sep 10

As easy as one… two… tweet

Hello and welcome to my new blog. I hope you’ll take this journey with me over the coming months and perhaps share your own thoughts and views.

Firstly, are you on Twitter? If not, why not? It couldn’t be simpler to join. If you log on to and follow the instructions, you’ll be part of the Twitter family in seconds.

Let’s face it; we’re all interested in and intrigued by celebrities. We love to get a glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous.  We revel in hearing about who’s dating who, who’s having a baby or simply what shoes will be worn by certain stars to an award ceremony.

In the past, most celebrity announcements would be made through a press release or a publicist. These days, we often get to hear the news first on Twitter.  As Twitter is a real-time, instant messaging service consisting of only 140 characters, it doesn’t lend itself to detail. However, sometimes just a few words from a celebrity can set the gossip train in motion.

For instance, Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) once tweeted while on a plane and later arrived at his destination to a gathering of paparazzi.  Well with over a million and a half followers, the word was bound to get around!

Stephen Fry took blogging to new heights when he ‘tweeted” from a stuck lift

Dannii Minogue (@DanniiMinogue) is also a regular tweeter and treated her fans to a picture on Twitter of her beautiful four day old son with the caption; “Hey everyone thanks for all your wishes, we are loving baby Ethan and Kris is the best dad in the world. X” As you can imagine, that story took legs and was all around the Twitterverse in a matter of minutes.

Another thing you should know about celebrities on Twitter, is that there are lots of fakes out there.  The one way of truly knowing if a celebrity is for real is if they have a blue tick beside their name and the words ‘verified account’.  However, some celebrities don’t get their accounts verified but there are other ways to check, ie. if their official website links to their Twitter account or often celebrity friends will confirm their authenticity.

Now it’s obvious why we mere mortals love to follow celebrities on Twitter, but I’ve been catching up with some celebrities to find out what Twitter does for them.  I’ll be sharing their thoughts with you in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, get tweeting and please come and follow me at @mduffywriter and of course @hellomag for all the latest celebrity news.

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