One of the bigger catalysts behind the huge boom in social media growth over the past few years has been the way that celebrities from all around the world (in a myriad of shapes and sizes) have embraced these platforms, using them as a way to keep fans informed of their current projects and news.
Rewind back just a couple of years and Twitter was dominated by people like Stephen Fry and Wil Wheaton, who boasted a heady 208,750 and 109,406 followers respectively in February 2009. These guys were famous, sure, but it was very much in a nerdy, geek crowd kind of way (they’d be the first to admit that they’re geeks themselves). As Twitter started to penetrate the mainstream media and public consciousness, more famous (and less geeky) names from movies, TV and music began to sign up, and now the biggest superstars on the planet can be found avidly tweeting away.
But not every celebrity has expressed an interest. Often it’s for legitimate reasons. But other times, and certainly in Scarlett Johansson’s case, it’s simply good, old-fashioned naivety.
Yep. When it comes to Twitter, Scarlett is very much in the ‘who cares what anyone had for breakfast?’ camp, as she’s revealed in an interview with The Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington for Interview magazine.
“I don’t have a Facebook or a Twitter account,” says Scarlett, “And I don’t know how I feel about this idea of, ‘Now, I’m eating dinner, and I want everyone to know that I’m having dinner at this time,’ or ‘I just mailed a letter and dropped off my kids.’ That, to me, is a very strange phenomenon. I can’t think of anything I’d rather do less than have to continuously share details of my everyday life.”
Quite. But here’s a thought: maybe try not sharing those everyday details. Maybe only share the really exciting stuff?
And maybe, just maybe, try actually using these platforms before making up your mind?
Scarlett, of course, went through a rough time earlier this year when nude photographs of her were leaked all over the internet. So you can maybe understand why she has concerns over protecting her privacy, and she admits that she’s always surprised that so many of her peers are active on Twitter.
“I guess they use it in a way that works for them,” she says. “But I’d rather that people had less access to my personal life. If I could keep it that way, I’d be a happy lady.”
The problem here is that Scarlett does not get Twitter. It’s really that simple. She’s not alone – lots of people don’t get Twitter. But thankfully there’s a relatively easy solution – all you have to do is give it a fair try. Pull up your trousers and get stuck in.
And if, after a couple of months, you decide that it’s still not for you, then so be it. At least you put yourself in a position to make an expert opinion about why Twitter isn’t right for you.
Otherwise, you’re just coming over as ignorant, Scarlett. And really quite naive. Which, I have to say, from an actress that always struck me as savvy and edgy, is more than a little disappointing.
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