It was part publicity stunt, and partly just for laughs.
Billy Crystal made a guest appearance on The Daily Show this week to chat about his upcoming short film with Funny or Die and to announce that he’d joined the Twitterverse. The award-winning comedian, actor, and Oscar host told John Stewart that he was nervous because he didn’t know what to write for his first tweet, and that he felt a lot of pressure over his first words on the social information platform.
@BillyCrystal announced his arrival into the social media scene with the following tweet: “JD Salinger once told me, ‘If you want to keep in touch with your audience…tweet.’ Here I am. Look for my new film on @FunnyOrDie April 6.”
If you’re planning on following Crystal, be weary of imitator accounts. Twitter lists more than ten users with some rendition of Crystal’s name, two of which have “Billy Crystal” profile photos. @billcrystal shows tweets from as early as 2009, and @Billy_Crystal has been tweeting since September of last year. With few rules and regulations surrounding online impersonation, it’s simple for any Twitter user to create a fake celebrity account by using their name and uploading any readily available picture from google images.
The more “followed” of the two fake accounts is @billcrystal, which lists 2,843 followers. The first tweet on this account reads “too old for the internet. how does it work?” The tweet was authored in March of 2009.
The real Billy Crystal Twitter account spells Billy Crystal with no space between his first and last names, and uses a capitol B and C. His profile reads “You should know me by now” and he already has 7,618 followers.