My relationship with Twitter is absurd. In fact, in common parlance, it would be considered abusive.
I use Twitter. I use it only when I want something from it. Once it’s delivered I drop Twitter like a hot potato. I neglect it. I go off elsewhere, leaving Twitter to sob pathetically on the shoulder of a girlfriend while I’m down the pub laughing about it all with my mates. Treat ‘em mean, keep ‘em keen.
It seems to work. Twitter is always there for me when I want it. It never says no. Sucker.
I say this so you’ll understand that my use of Twitter is highly infrequent.
Now. I Follow a few celebs. Mostly just to be nosey. And I realize that this whole enterprise it utterly pointless because I’m not on Twitter often enough to read any of their Tweets. Every time I dip into Twitter it’s full of people moaning about their children not going to bed properly and people who I don’t Follow trying to sell me something. I’m rarely online when Barrack Obama is for example. I guess we are like ships that pass in the night.
Very, very occasionally though, I get lucky and find myself Tweeting when a celeb is Tweeting.
It’s tempting, isn’t it? To reply. They’ve come out with some lame witticism or other and you think, I can top that.
And so you Tweet and hit Reply.
And then you feel dirty.
And a little sad.
Because none of us like to think of ourselves as sad star chasers. None of us would go into work the next day and boast that William Shatner had replied to one of our Tweets and aren’t we absolutely amazing as a consequence.
OK. That’s a bad example. I probably would boast about William Shatner replying to one of my Tweets. It’s William Shatner, for God’s sake.
But in general. the celebs don’t reply anyway.
And then you move from feeling dirty to feeling insulted. Hey! Cameron Diaz! Don’t ignore my 140 character review of your latest movie! At least have the grace to say thank you when I made the effort to spell ‘vacuous’ correctly!
But what did you expect? It was dumb to send the Tweet in the first place.
But I do get caught like this occasionally.
On Wednesday when I was doing my usual Twitter based sniping at The Apprentice (about the only time I use Twitter to be honest) Lisa Rogers, star of The Big Breakfast, Scrapheap Challenge and possibly at least one other TV programme that is still being shown on Dave (and pictured above) entered the snarling ring of Apprentice putdowns with the conjecture that the contestants were all “nobbers.”
Given the biscuit based activities of this week’s task I automatically responded with the Oscar Wildeian “don’t you mean ‘HobNobbers’. (Excuse me while I snigger to myself again... ahem ahem ahem; I’m just so funny sometimes.)
Lisa didn’t respond.
I mean, come on. What girl doesn’t like a biscuit based joke? A digestive jest? A drink is surely too wet without one?
I did get annoyed. But then I calmed down and thought it through. I was being unfair. I can imagine what it must be like. You’re a celeb. A star of TV, stage and screen (or maybe just Heat magazine) and all these people are Following you on Twitter. Every time you log-on you get thousands of Tweets from desperate Twits desperate for your attention. It’s easy to see what happened.
Amongst all those tens of thousands of Tweets that Lisa was receiving that evening my superbly crafted slice of immaculate comedy gold must have blazed forth like the sun shining into Bryn Celli Ddu barrow on Midsummer’s morning. Her retinas would have melted with mirth.
No wonder the poor girl couldn’t bring herself to reply. I mean what on earth could she bring to the table after that little hydrogen bomb of hilarity had gone off and vaporized her funny bone? She probably thought that anything she said after that would just sound wet and as funny as one of Eamonn Holmes’ jokes. Best to keep schtum and not reply.
Lisa, what can I say?
It would have been fine. I’m brilliant at summoning up polite laughter to bolster other people’s fragile egos. I would have made allowances for your comedy ineptitude.
I don’t bite.
I’m like a big cuddly HobNob of comedy.
You don’t have to be a high class biscuit yourself to appreciate my fulfilling oaty base. You can dunk me in your best China and it would be fine.
You wouldn’t cramp my style, honest.
And I’d even be prepared to sample a couple of your custard creams in return.
Now I can’t say fairer than that.
P.S. And I didn’t even make a joke about Ginger Nuts. That’s how good I am.