A friend of mine follows a handful of sports celebrities on Twitter, and spends a lot of time actively trying to interact with them.
I laugh and call him a starfucker.
But I also follow a handful of celebs. Felicia Day and Pauley Perrette, mostly because I have innocent crushes on them. Albert Brooks because he is one of the goddamn funniest people ever to walk the planet. Rainn Wilson and Megan Amram, because they have famously funny Twitter feeds. Same with Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur (Ken Tremendous). Simon Helberg and his wife Jocelyn Towne, because they hooked me up big-time last Christmas. And then there is Violet Blue, a sex-columnist whom I consider to be a celebrity*.
The rest of the "celebrities" I follow, however, are sports journalists and/or players.
Most of the time, I barely bother with either replying to a celebrity's tweet or try to contact them. Most of them have so many followers that I can't even believe they do anything with Twitter other than posting what they want to post. 140 characters at a time. But sometimes I do it out of habit. Like commenting on a blog.
The other day, I replied to Joe Posnanski (my favorite writer...sports or otherwise) about a trivia question I thought he might have had wrong. Turns out he just neglected to be as specific as he thought he was being, and he sent out some clarifying tweets. Mentioning me as being the one who first brought it up.
I'm starting to figure out this whole Twitter thing. Not bad. And call me a starfucker, but it's nice when someone you hold in high regard acknowledges that you exist. Both sad and wonderful at the same time.
Who is your favorite celebrity to follow on Twitter, and why? Anybody really cool ever interact with you? Give it up, peeps.
*Kudos to Avitable, by the way. He showed up on Violet Blue's Twitter feed AND on her blog the other day with his OK Cupid issues. Any press is...well, you know the drill.