Twitter has introduced a new feature for those with the coveted blue tick, giving verified users the option to filter content so they only see tweets from other celebrity Twitterers.
Of course, we can totally see why celebrities would want to filter out half the tweets they receive, but it doesn’t seem fair to “common folk” who genuinely have something to say.
You can pretty much guarantee that, at any time, there’s at least one trending hashtag devoted to getting the attention of a musician. And checking your Mentions to find several hundred declarations of undying love from hysterical teenagers must be terrifying. And then there’s this:
But the great thing about following celebrities on Twitter has always been the ability to communicate with them, and to know that your voice is being heard. With the new “verified” filter, there’s no way of knowing if they’ll even see your tweet.
Perhaps it would be better if we knew which celebrities were filtering their tweets — it would save plenty of people from wasting time composing questions and comments that will never get seen.
It probably wouldn’t stop the diehard tween fangirls from harassing their idols and spamming up the “trending” box, but hey, it doesn’t hurt to be optimistic.
Ultimately, Twitter is about communication, and if celebrities aren’t willing to use it for that, then maybe they should question why they have an account in the first place.
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