I am a Twitter stalker

Posted January 15, 2014 at 9:48 am

BABBLING BROOKS column–Express Editor Kim Brooks

So apparently I’m a stalker, a cyber stalker.

If you saw the front-page headline in the Jan. 8 Gazette last week, that reporter was specifically referring to me: “All stalking is cyber stalking.”

While the article took the subject matter seriously, I’m only making light of my situation. You see, I follow (stalk) roughly 1,000 people on Twitter! (I’m withholding the exact number to preserve some dignity here.)

For those who may not know what Twitter is (or you live in a cave), it’s basically a shorthand version of Facebook. You can post photos, videos and status updates till your heart is content. Twitter started out as the “in” thing for famous people, Hollywood celebrities, athletes, etc. Now, everyone seems to be on Twitter. That is quite evident by the number of people I follow and “stalk.”

The people you befriend on Twitter are known followers. You follow people and have your own followers as well. Makes you feel special-random people from all over the world think you’re interesting enough to follow. Though for me, I rarely tweet, so I’m rather boring. That’s another Twitter term to learn, “tweet.” When you update your status, like you would on Facebook, you’re sending out a tweet.

Ok, now that you have the Twitter basics, let’s get into who and why you should follow certain people and certain types of people.

If you’re into sports, of course athletes are a group of people you might want to follow. I prefer the Hollywood rich and famous myself. However, during the Olympics, following our U.S. athletes on Twitter is pretty cool. They tend to post behind-the-scenes photos of themselves hanging out in the athletes’ village. During the Summer Olympics in London in 2012, U.S. and Iowa gymnast Gabby Douglas was constantly tweeting images of herself or her team with well-known Olympians such as Michael Phelps.

When it comes to celebrities, some are more interesting than others on Twitter. If you’re curious as to which celebrities are on Twitter, after searching, if they have a blue shield with a checkmark inside that means that person’s profile is Twitter-certified. That account in fact belongs to the person who claims it.

There are many wanna-bes on Twitter claiming to be rich and famous, when in fact they are regular Joes. Anyone can just create a Twitter profile and import a photo of a celebrity. But Twitter knows better, so look for the seal of approval.

I try to stay away from following political figures because there is already too much political drama out there. I don’t want to read about it on Twitter all day!

During certain TV shows, actors on those shows will host live tweeting parties. So if you follow any of them, you can receive tidbits about what just happened on the show seconds after you just watched it on TV! Just another avenue celebs use to reach out to their fans.

Actor, director, writer, author, etc. James Franco is notorious for posting selfies. A selfie is a photo you took of yourself and then posted online for the whole world to see. People take selfies of themselves eating, dancing, out for the night, with other people. The possibilities are endless! James Franco was just dubbed the “Selfie King” for the endless amount of selfies he posts. It’s his way of connecting to his fans.

I watch the Today Show most mornings, if I’m up early enough. The anchors of the Today Show (Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie and more) are always posting photos to their personal Twitter pages to show what goes on during commercial breaks.

Every national and local news source imaginable is on Twitter (KWWL, KCRG, CNN, NBC, etc.). Much like Facebook and their websites, they use Twitter to post the latest breaking news, photos and more. Just another avenue of these news sources to reach the masses.

Late night talk show hosts (Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien) are always posting photos and line-ups of that day’s guests… a quick way to learn who’s going to be on these shows. So, if you’re like me and enjoy just about every late night talk show, you can figure out which one to watch.

Many people on Twitter these days are notorious for Twitter wars. Someone put something on Twitter that another celeb disagrees with, and everyone buzzes about it online for days. Or, two TV hosts, for example, will have a war to see who can get the most followers in a certain amount of time.

Some people have too much time on their hands. Or, if you’re like me, you just enjoy stalking everyone and anyone.