Lately, I’ve begun to use Twitter as a social media tool to connect to my favorite athletes and musicians. Its simpler than Facebook, and offers some unique features that enable normal people to occasionally interact with celebrities.
One such feature is the ability to “tweet at” another user. That user can then “re-tweet” or re-post your comment on their own page.
When following celebrities on Twitter, it is a common practice to try to get them to re-tweet you on their own Twitter feed, thus earning you a few minutes of celebrity.
Most of them time, my post getting re-tweeted by one of my favorite bands would be a good thing. But not today.
Frightened Rabbit is a Scottish rock band signed to SubPop Records. They have opened for the popular indie band Death Cab for Cutie, and are rapidly growing in popularity.
The name “Frightened Rabbit,” has always irked me. The band members are heavyset, bearded Scottish men, and their musical style is anything but “frightened.”
I didn’t think the band members would even bother to read my tweet.
This morning, I checked my Titter account and saw that Frightened Rabbit had re-tweeted what I said to their more than 30,000 followers. They quickly followed by some incredibly Scottish displays of profane displeasure directed at me. So far today, I have been tweeted at by more than 20 angry Frightened Rabbit fans that I do not know, telling me in various creative ways exactly what they think of me.
(For an unedited disclosure of the raging controversy, check out my Twitter @DanielJStaub).
So today I managed to anger some of my musical idols…strangely enough it made my day. Its good to know that celebrities are real humans with emotions and tempers. And I’ll be honest, it felt good to know that today 30,000 people knew I existed.
Even if they hated me.