Following your favorite star on Twitter? Maybe you’re not…

March 27, 2009

(ChattahBox) — From modest beginnings, Twitter, the indispensable tool of every tech-savvy teen, now enjoys a degree of repute that would make many celebrities who bask in its branches almost incandescent with envy. Except most of them are hardly connected at all, according to The New York Times.

The rapper, 50 Cent, for example, has over 200,000 feathery followers, all eager to share every transient thought. But he is not the only one tweeting. “He doesn’t actually use Twitter,” Chris Romero, 50’s aide and chief tweeter explains, “but the energy of it is him.”

In a lifespan so short it’s barely outgrown its diapers, the micro-blogging megalith has become the medium of choice for a positive swarm of the rich and famous who seek closer contact with their followers and fans. But those famous enough to need such connection are often too busy to use it themselves; so a strange and often-disputed new breed has emerged – Ghost Tweeters.

Many performers are known to employ these surrogate scribes, though most flatly deny such deception when asked by their fans. Britney, for example, recently posted an ad, seeking someone to manage her Twitter and Facebook accounts, while Kanye West has two people who do just the same. And such fledgling fanatics are not just confined to the musical world; President Obama has a team to help him tweet when there’s news, and Ron Paul’s feathered followers were also well fed on his recent campaign.

Thankfully, however, there are still some celebs who refuse to even consider a co-tweeter; The basketball legend, Shaquille O’Neal has almost 500,000 friends on his feed, and every word they receive is straight from the Shaq; “If I am going to speak, it will come from me,” he said. His disdain for those who defer to the ghosts was also bitingly clear; “It’s 140 characters. If you need a ghostwriter for that, I feel sorry for you.”

One of the architects of Britney’s online existence, Joseph Nejman, says there is clear hypocrisy among those who so loudly deride these ethereal authors, “So it’s O.K. to tweet for a brand, but not for a celebrity? They are a brand!”

Not surprisingly, those earning their seed as co-tweeters, such as Annie Colbert, a 26-year-old Chicago freelancer, would tend to agree; “Facebook is like ‘Cheers,’ where everybody knows your name,” she said. “Twitter is the hipster bar, where you booze and schmooze people.” Ms. Colbert [no relation to the Comedy Central star,] says she would be happy to tweet for more clients, but plans to maintain the personal touch; “I don’t think I could ghost for 100 people. More like ten. I’d have to get to know them.” she told the Times.

With 5-million beaky blabbers already online, and hundreds more hatching with each passing day, choosing that brood is bound to be tough.


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