I say it’s a ‘semi’ obsession because it is not something I’m losing sleep over. It’s more like a silly hobby really.
I think a lot of tweeps like me are also into this new silly hobby brought about by these ever-changing forms of technology. I believe it is so novel that they haven’t had a name for it yet. It’s about collecting replies from celebrities or what I call ‘celeb-retweets‘ (whether it be via twitter or from FaceBook)…
I already talked about it in my post about John Cusack. That one was something I was so excited about because it was the first one that came from someone I truly admire. But I got other RTs from other celebs, too…
As I said, I know that this is just silly and fun! While others are wasting whiling away their time collecting stuff for virtual games like pet society or farmville (which I don’t do), collecting celeb-retweets is MY kind of ‘game.’ It requires a bit of strategy, wit, and luck, too. You have to out-do your online opponents which happen to be other tweepers vying for these celebs’ attention as well.
But I don’t go around tweeting ALL the celebs just for the heck of it. I just choose those whom I like or respect the most. Besides, not all of them tweet back. They don’t have to and you got to respect that. But how do I know if they’re the real thing, and not written by some secretary or their PAs? I guess if you read their tweets, you would know. It’s the tone that you ‘hear’ in their statements that tell you it’s them. Aside from that, if it’s a verified account, then there you go.
Here is (so far) my ‘collection’ of celeb-retweets. I show them off with the level of snooty enthusiasm that is akin to that of Sesame Street’s Bert when he showed off his shiny bottle-cap collection (Oh, Figgy Fizz! hehe):
1) Judah Friedlander: World’s “Greatest” Champ
June 19, 2009: I managed to eke out a birthday greeting from actor/stand-up comedian Judah Friedlander via FB. Judah plays “Frank Rossitano,” the trucker-hat wearing writer of NBC’s 30 Rock. He is swell guy who doesn’t let fame get into his head (unless when he’s boasting off his feats as the World Champ). If he had a chance to talk to his fans, he would – just like any regular guy (You could catch him online via FB and he would ‘hey’ back if you say ‘hi’). Totally cool. Thanks, Judah. You are truly the World Champ!
2) Eoin Colfer: Teacher to Teacher Talk
Aug. 24, 2009: Eoin Colfer is an Irish author; he was commissioned to write the 6th installment of “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” but he is best known as the creator of the famous Artemis Fowl series. Though he does not tweet as much as the other celebs, he was kind enough to take time to answer a question I posed (which he answered after the day I sent it). I do agree with his advice. And I also admire teachers like him who became writers. They give me hope that someday I can accomplish the same feat. Gracias, Mr. Colfer!
3) Amber Benson: An awesome Greeting from a Buffy Royalty
May 8, 2009: I already mentioned about my love for the Buffy TV series in my previous post. Even if the series was over, countless of BTVS fans like me are happy that some of its stars are on Twitter. Amber Benson (who played Tara) was one of the first (if not, THE first) BTVS alumni who got into Twitter. She DMed (‘direct messaged’) me as soon as I started following her with the tweet above. Of course, I was starstruck! Imagine, Tara from Buffy? She tweeted ME, a die-hard Buffy Fan? Not getting it? Believe me, in Buffy-verse this is something that reaches major levels of awesomeness… Thank you, Amber!
4) Julie Benz: Scoring a Scoop from a Dexter Star!
Sept. 4 2009: Julie Benz (who played “Darla” in both Buffy and Angel; currently in the show Dexter as “Rita”) is a real sweetheart. I like her. She’s polite and sensitive. I was able to get a ‘scoop’ (ahem) for the upcoming Season 4 of Dexter (which will start on Sept. 27) wherein she revealed that she will be doing a bit of singing! (A week later, TV Guide magazine posted this article regarding it). But really, if you watched Angel, you would agree with me that this talented lady DOES have a pretty voice. Frankly speaking, I don’t watch “Dexter” much but now… I will. Danke, Julie!
5) John Cusack: No. Thank YOU, Mr. Cusack…
Aug. 23, 2009: Yes. Lightning DOES strike twice (And hopefully even more than twice). In my second retweet from him, John Cusack thanked me… Again, let me reiterate this: He. John Cusack. Thanked. Me. For watching his HBO dramatic movie, Jack Bull. And with three exclamation points to boot! Sweet! Haha! I should be the one thanking him for coming up with Jack Bull. It’s really one of my favorites among all his movies (again, the key here is sincerity. He knows if you’re bullsh#tting him so you better make it real if you want him to retweet back). Too bad, Max and Get Outta the Boat are not readily available here, though.
Well, that’s my bottle-cap, I mean, celeb-retweet collection so far! Too bad, I can’t sell them on ebay. Hmm…