One thing people have never learned about talking with notable people is that you should never monopolize their time or act like a fangirl/fanboy. Despite the stigma of all this, people still go into a flying panic when they encounter a celebrity in person, or online. The latter scenario, though, has developed its own set of stigmas and rules. In the Twitter universe, words are uttered that could easily get misconstrued if not conveyed in the clearest possible way. And it’s also a place where all the fandom can be conveyed by placing the caps lock key into perpetual lock mode.
The good news in all this is that Twitter has made up for lost time in bringing many, many notable names we can actually tweet directly. Even better, most of them are reading and sometimes respond. Any imaginative thought of that being available in an earlier era when the real legends of celebrity were all still alive is mind-boggling. Then again, it also could have been the end of PR as we know it considering celebs say exactly what’s on their minds on Twitter with no grammar editor.
Based on some of my own experiences talking with some notables on Twitter, you may want to develop some protocol that can help you gain a response much easier than if joining the squealing fray.
Standing Out from All the Fandom
If you plan to tweet a celebrity on Twitter that seems to attract a younger fanbase, chances are you’ll be seeing plenty of tweets that ask desperately for a follow-back. There’s also the trend of holding down the caps lock key to utter “QUEEN” to a female pop star in place of tweeting something substantive. Then you have the even more desperate ones who say they’ll nearly jump off a bridge if the celebrity doesn’t follow them on their birthday or go to prom with them.
Imagine if you tweeted amid all of the above with something meaningful and what the celebrity in question might think. While you might feel out of place, you’re probably going to stand out to that celebrity and perhaps be more apt to receive a reply, or at least have your tweet re-tweeted or favorited.
This, of course, won’t stop all those flummoxed fans from tweeting a flood of more dazed tweets day after day. Considering you might not be able to give hints to others, you may be the only one of a few who tweets with a little bit of thoughtfulness. And you shouldn’t be afraid to continue it out of fear that it won’t be noticed. Your only concern is being mindful of exactly what you say if you’re one who tends to tweet on the sophisticated side.
What Should You Say to a Celebrity in Your First Tweet?
General consensus might say that you should tweet a compliment to a notable person you admire if tweeting them for the first time. While that may be a good plan in most circumstances, catching them with something unique can help you rise from the crowd. Notables already see enough compliments from people, and you’ll still see plenty of them on accounts for notables who attract more mature fans. You may even see a lot of bipolar comments if the notable bridges the gap between younger and older fans.
Within all this, you might want to say something ironic or funny as your introductory tweet, while still managing to put in a compliment. Even something ironical about all the fandom around you might show the notable that you’re above the usual fandom fray. It’s guaranteed most celebrities will appreciate this after all the other banal comments start running together.
After this point, it’s possible you’ll receive a reply from that notable person. In this scenario, you have to decide if you want to start a real conversation or just be happy with the reply and wait to comment again at a later time.
Attempting Conversation with Celebrities on Twitter
It’s not common for celebrities to engage in lengthy conversations on Twitter with people they don’t know, so never expect it. In some cases, you might want to reply to their own reply if you have something interesting, funny, or ironic to add. Even if the conversation ends there, you’ll have set up your persona that they’ll perhaps remember if you tweet them again.
Keep in mind that some celebrities have been known to hold conversations in private messages. The most reputable celebrities aren’t going to do this, yet there’s been some private messages leaked to the media that show some notables say some shocking things. It’s a warning to you in taking on a private conversation with a notable that you don’t really know other than from their public personas. This could result in the notable getting in trouble for sexual propositions as some already have.
Staying in the public feed when tweeting with celebrities is always the best plan, considering most notables are finally learning that it’s as open as a paparazzi camera now. If they’re still open and honest and use language they may not use anywhere else, it still gives you the feeling that you’re shooting the breeze with them at a public party. Or, at least a party where there’s at least one person there who doesn’t freak out and pretend they have ownership of the celebrity.