Shannon Albert

Love alternative comedy, indie films, top 40 music, the Internet, blogging, travel, my 2 kids and husband. I often Tweet a lot.

How To Get Celebrities To Tweet You

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I never joined Twitter to Tweet with celebrities and even now, two years after joining, it’s a small part of why I love Twitter so much. However, after Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) sent several Tweets to me and even created a hashtag topic dedicated to me (he also followed me as one of the 32 people on his following list for a couple of days but sadly, that ended), there was an unintended side effect: people I know suddenly were interested in joining Twitter to Tweet with their favorite celebrities.

In addition to Justin, I’ve Tweeted with many celebrities including Samantha Ronson (@samantharonson), Jewel (@jeweljk), Virginia Madsen (@MadlyV) and Internet celebrities Penelope Trunk (@penelopetrunk), Chris Guillebeau (@chrisguillebeau), Gary V. (@garyvee, though, let’s be honest, anybody can Tweet with Gary V.), YouTube celeb Mr. Chi City (@MrChiCity33) and many others including people that I am a huge fan of but aren’t so well known. If Tweeting with your favorite celebrities is your goal – and hopefully it’s not your only goal for being on Twitter – here are my tips for you.

Make sure you’ve got the right person first

I’ve had many people who questioned if I was actually Tweeting with the people that I said I was. Most Twitter users usually know to look for the Verified Account badge in the profile information of someone’s Twitter page. You should also make sure the badge is clickable because sneaky fakers have gotten clever and made the background image on their Twitter profile include that Verified badge image but the badge isn’t clickable. This happened to Danny Devito (@Danny_Devito) and the fake account was eventually suspended but not until after the faker had accumulated tens of thousands of followers.

Tweet celebrities who will reply (or at least DM)

Celebrities handle Twitter etiquette differently and some don’t send replies at all. One of my favorite Twitter users, Roger Ebert (@ebertchicago), rarely ever replies to anyone. Though I reply to him when he Tweets something interesting (which is often), I don’t expect to hear back. Others, like Penelope Trunk usually reply via DM (though she has replied to me once, she confesses that she doesn’t like to do that).

Time your Tweets wisely

If you just randomly send a Tweet to your favorite celebrity, the chances of getting a reply are pretty minimal given the quantity that most receive. However, if you see them Tweeting, that’s a great time to reply because you know they are on RIGHT NOW and any replies they receive are at the top of the list.

Tweet the celebrities, not their employees

Check and see if it’s actually the celebrity Tweeting and not somebody on their team. People like Dolly Parton (@dolly_parton) have different people Tweeting from their account on their behalf but they also personally use it. In her case, it’s obvious it’s her when it’s sent from her Blackberry (which you can tell by the use of the app UberTwitter) versus her web team which usually Tweets from the web.

Another way to tell if it’s the celebrity or not is if the Tweet contains links pointing to the celebrity’s own site. They will often have people who work on their web team who will update their site and then send out Tweets to point to the content. The celebrities are often not the ones Tweeting links to new content.

Say something to get their attention

For about 2 hours after Justin Timberlake started Tweeting me, I experienced what celebrities must get every single day: I was inundated with a new Tweet every few seconds. So many people just wanted me to reply to me “omg, how awesome, please reply back!” or “please follow me!!!” The only ones I replied to were ones that said something funny or insightful. When there’s so many Tweets for celebrities to read, you’ll need to say something interesting and unique to stand out from the pool of freaked out fans.

Incidentally, the Tweet that I sent that started it all with Justin Timberlake was this:

“Might have to unfollow @jtimberlake because a 34-year-old mother of 2 should not squeeee every time he Tweets. Embarrassing. I love him.”

I wasn’t trying to get him to reply to me (I was more talking about him, not to him) but because I said something unique that other people weren’t, he must have decided to reply. I’ve Tweeted with Jewel regarding her usage of both a Blackberry and iPhone. I didn’t say it for the purpose of getting a celebrity to talk to me, I was genuinely interested why she used both and that makes somebody stand out above the “omg, I LOVE YOU” replies.

Spend most of your time providing value to your followers

That’s my advice for people wanting to connect with celebrities via Twitter though I hope you’ll spend most of your time providing value to your followers and trying to connect with the real people who make Twitter such a great community.

What about you? Do you try to connect with celebrities via Twitter? Have you heard back from any?

Comments

  • February 4, 2010

    I love this story. Twitter has given celebrities a voice they never had before. I’m a celebrity junkie and don’t spend as much on the printed magazines when I can get my fix directly from them – their real life and real photos.

  • February 4, 2010

    I’ve never considered that it was even possible that a REAL celebrity would actually respond (maybe that’s an indicator that I’m not dreaming big, enough). Anyway, I’ve got a very small list of celebrities I admire, so maybe now I’ll suck up some courage and actually connect with some of my favorite people. Thanks for this great post!

  • February 4, 2010

    Interesting post Shannon.
    I’ve had good luck with what I consider to be celebs in the social media world, namely @guykawasaki @chrisbrogan and @problogger (Darren Rowse) all of whom I tweeted about a year ago (on different topics) and to my surprise they all responded.
    Haven’t tried with entertainment celebs but if I do I’ll put your advice to work.

  • February 4, 2010

    Interesting insights! The only celeb I follow anymore is Felicia Day (love her!) and she’s said that she tries to read all her replies, but I imagine she gets an unbelievable amount of mentions and replies, so I wouldn’t want to add to the babble unless I had something clever to say. Congrats on getting replied to though, must have made your week! :)

  • February 4, 2010

    The more targeted you are the more likely to a get a response you are. As a soccer aficionado, I have actually had soccer celebrities reach out. I have also reached out to them, as you note, providing specific commentary is the ONLY way to get responses. Another “OMG I love you” isn’t going to generate a response.

  • February 4, 2010

    I don’t expect celebs to reply to every @ reply, but it’s annoying when they think they’re too good for the little people. I once asked a celeb if she was ever going to follow me (since my friends & I physically helped her get on Twitter) and she said, “If I do, you better be damn entertaining.” buh bye.

  • February 4, 2010

    I’ve successfully tweeted with two Canadian celebrities, singers Jann Arden (@jannarden) and Sass Jordan (@sassjordan). I commented that Arden was the funniest celebrity on Twitter (she’s hilarious!) and she replied saying that I was the funniest man. LOL Jordan was a judge on Canadian Idol (Canadian version of American Idol – obviously — currently on hiatus). I used to write a newspaper column on Canadian Idol and currently write one on American Idol. I asked her via Twitter if Canadian Idol would be coming back to TV soon and she replied (nicely) that she had no idea and that I should contact the network.

  • February 4, 2010

    Most celebs I started following were dull, and very few tweet consistently, so I’ve stopped following them. I’ve only had conversations with a few: @imogenheap when she was thinking about lyrics for her recently released album, @duncanbannatyne about philanthropism, and @howardjones about how to make You Tube pay artists for content. In all three cases I wasn’t trying to get a response, just commenting on a tweet they had made. There wasn’t the ‘I looooove youuuuu’ kind of a**e-licking, just an intelligent response to a comment they made. Presumably that’s why they replied.

    I guess if you really want to raise the chances of a response, you have to get your reply in quick. It’s most likely that someone will reply to the first intelligent response to a tweet they’ve made, as opposed to the 77th!

  • February 4, 2010

    I started cuz all the celeb were using it and I was on a celeb kick..lol But I’ve gotten a few celebs to respond back, like Drew Carey and one of the MTV Teen Mom and mention with @TweetTaco

  • February 4, 2010
    Matt Wilkinson
    @MatchooW

    I’ve had a few celeb replies, some might not be so well know in the US, but I’ve had replies from Writer/Director/Actor Kevin Smith (@ThatKevinSmith), one of the two main stars of Paranormal Activity, Katie Featherston (@katiedianne), Peter Serafinowicz, actor in Shawn of the Dead and voice of Darth Maul (@serafinowicz). Evangeline Lilly, Kate from LOST (@Evie_Lilly). Writer/Director of Shaun of the Dead Edgar Wright (@edgarwright) and a DM from @Alyssa_Milano who followed a user I suggested to her. :) There’s more, but unless you’re in the UK, you probably wouldn’t know them. :D

  • February 4, 2010

    I follow quite a few YA writers. So I was really thrilled to get tweetbacks from Holly Black and Maureen Johnson. It’s the extras like this that make Twitter so much fun.

  • February 4, 2010

    Great article. I’ve had the chance to get a response from John August (writer of Tim Burtons “Big Fish”) and it had nothing to do w/ film! Lol. It was some random ? about his Mac.

  • February 4, 2010

    Well, the ONLY celebrity that had ever replied to me is Jonathan Knight (@JonathanRKnight) from new kids on the block. He DM me twice. The first one when he wished me early b’day and the second one when he wanted to switch place with me. Because he was freezing in Boston and I was sweating in Jakarta. Both of his DMs really made my day. And of course I told my friends

  • February 4, 2010

    Great post Shannon. Answered many questions floating around in my ind about celebs and tweeting! Very interested to hear more about why Jewel uses both BlackBerry & iPhone. Would you be willing/able to share details?
    Thanks!

  • February 5, 2010

    I have had celebrities talk to me. I tried the all hey I love you thing but really that doesn’t work. I find commenting on what they say in an honest way usually gets a response. (I have a pop culture blog too which I think makes them leery sometimes.) But in any case it’s still cool when they answer you. I usually favorite it right away. LOL

  • February 5, 2010

    I agree with a lot of Shannon’s comments you do have to watch out who is tweeting the celebrity or their PA/Web Team – see Tom Cruise a/c. I started to follow Pierce Brosnan as a Bond fan, he tweeted once and gave up !

    There is a buzz getting a reply from a celeb, I once got a reply Cheers’ Kirstie Alley when she was online with an account problem and had a few nice replies from The Shield’s Michael Chiklis. I sent a bra item link in a UK tabloid to Bond Girl Denise Richards, alas she was not amused.

    It’s nice when they follow back but don’t pester them – if interested in real/verified accounts check out my website.

  • February 5, 2010

    I like this article. Great suggestions. I’ve gotten a couple of the Twitter celebrities to comment back to me. @jack @garyvee

  • February 5, 2010

    @jackietewing She said that she likes both for different reasons. She considers the iPhone more fun than the BB but the BB is easier to type on and she splits them by personal vs. business. BB is for business. iPhone is for personal.

  • February 5, 2010
    Chandini
    @Chanaynaysf

    So I’ve never had a celebrity respond to me but I’ve gotten something better. I’ve gotten something that truly shows the power of twitter. Jewel played a song for me at her concert in San Francisco, a song I requested on Twitter!! It was really amazing. The song was Race Car Driver, which is one of her oldest songs that is not on any records. I pretty much started to cry, because I was so happy when she mentioned twitter and requests and playing my song.

  • February 5, 2010

    @Chanaynaysf My husband and I keep requesting Nikos! I’ll even take Love Me Just Leave Me Alone w/o that new intro that she released it with. We liked the version she used to do live before she recorded it.

  • February 6, 2010

    Some tennis players like Serena and Venus Williams usually spend some time on twitter trying to answer theis fans questions :)

  • February 6, 2010

    Those are very helpful tips. Twitting can take a whole lot of time when you are addicted to it

  • February 6, 2010

    Hello Jess have you been twitted by such celebrities ever???

  • February 6, 2010

    That is so cool and kind of gives me an idea to get a few of the celbs I like to hopefully tweet me back that would be awesome. Thanks for the tips and tactics to use to better my chances.

  • February 11, 2010

    ive gotten replies from celebrities before, and its all about how you time it, your most likely to get replies when you reply to a tweet 20 seconds after they sent it. ive gotten ones from soulja boy, GSboyz and soulja boys brother john way. :)

  • February 16, 2010

    this is an interesting discussion, particularly for ways to reach celebs that are working with social causes and show a genuine interest in reaching out to the public for those reasons.

  • February 16, 2010

    @Erica I have been able to do that as well. When there were orphans in Haiti needing to be rescued, I was able to get some high profile Tweeters to RT an important message. Then it starts to actually mean something to chat with celebrities. :)

  • February 17, 2010

    I’ve used Twitter for 3 years now and really have never been a huge celeb follower. I’d follow for a while, find some were boring and move on. The “celebs” who Tweet or DM are usually writers, producers and news anchors. I follow @JamesADuff who created The Closer and he’s DMed and replied to me several times- so has @DonLemonCNN and @SamChampion – if you treat them as people and not someone you see from a distance on a daily basis- they’re more likely to respond. (I’m a news junkie and part-time writer wannabe, so following the above type of celeb is fine with me). @RickSanchezCNN and @DonLemonCNN both follow me.

  • February 18, 2010

    I’ve had Ross Noble tweet me when I asked him if Russell Brand (@realrossnoble) was going for his style or visa versa. He replied and told me that it was the style of Tiny Tim. Now I’m really keen to get a tweet from Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) I need help though.

  • February 27, 2010

    Do you have any personal stats of how much traffic, follow, you recived from justin? It probably helped you out alot. I have seen chamillionaire tweet out some guy he got 500 followers. Its a great way to get exposer but it isnt easy.

  • March 16, 2010

    Interesting article. Good to know some of the entertainment world can be real. I do not make it a practice of following that hard working crowd but you gave great tips.
    I am glad I came across your tweet cause it led me to this site.

  • March 16, 2010

    Totally agree! It’s mostly timing, definitely creativity & a dash of luck! Some I’ve been able to snag attention from: @RustyRockets (Russell Brand) @Kelsey_Grammer @SuzeOrmanShow (DMs) @GuyKawasaki (We created a loop ;-) @DeepakChopra @AlRoker @KimColes @AishaTyler (Friends) @RealScottBaio @SusanPowter (Stop the Madness) @LydiaCornell @BillZucker @QBKILLA (Warren Sapp) @KathyIreland @JeffPulver and TALKED to @MarthaStewart on the radio – promo via Twitter.

    Ok, I’m going to quit my bragging now! lol Point is, Twitter is a MAGICAL place! If you look at my timeline, you do not see tweets out to celebs. Usually, links and quotes, sometimes conversations, occasionally a tweet I wish would never fade =) Believe me, this is saying these celebs are special, not that I am!
    Thanks for this post! Wonderful reminiscing!
    x0x
    Anita @ModelSupplies

  • March 16, 2010

    Oh! I left out Darren! @ProBlogger (that’s not right!)

    And one special tip – to help them (even to get followers) when they are NEW to Twitter, never hate them for not following you and always be positive, informative and helpful! They usually follow you back to DM (then unfollow) – if you’re not following them, forget it!
    x0x
    Anita @ModelSupplies
    PS If you ever wanted to talk to Frasier Crane – now’s your chance! I’m sure he’s about to have way too many followers & responders any time now… @Kelsey_Grammer

  • March 23, 2010
    Joseph M. Sokalski
    @Dinofromnewark

    Only been on Twitter about a month with my iPhone. Joined because of Conan O’Brien. After I followed him I started following a slew of comics(male & female) and a few others who are actors but also funney, like Tom Hanks. First off let me say, comics always have something to say so I’m constantly amused when I see my tweets. Mo Rocca gave me the best Oscar night I ever had, and I was at work! Secondly, when they post something that I think I might have a reply for I tweet right back, if it’s good OR bad. So what, their comics, they’ll get over it as long as it’s not nasty AT them. I’ve gotten four responses back,(two from the same person). They may have only been one or two words but now maybe they know my name and will feel more comfortable in the future tweeting me back. Thirdly, I don’t EXPECT a response back. I’ve tweeted to everyday people and didn’t get a response cause they may not want to get into it with a stranger. I just say what I want to say and hope I brought a smile or a thought to the person I tweeted back at. And NO, Hanx was not one of the people who tweeted me, but one of them was from the TV show ‘24′.

  • April 5, 2010
    Mary Russell
    @Trillian_01

    I’ve been diligently tweeting various people since I joined Twitter in August 2009. So far, Giuliana Rancic is the only one who’s tweeted me back but, how excited was I?? Lol. Ditto when Ryan Seacrest started following me but, so far…those are the only two highlights. 800+ tweets and two replies!

  • April 5, 2010
    Mary Russell
    @Trillian_01

    Oh and I’m also embarrassed to report that I totally fell for one of those spammer accounts when I thought I was tweeting the real Kristen Stewart…doh! After I outed @KriJStewart for being an impersonator, she fell strangely silent…

  • May 2, 2010

    I actually got a tweet back from Demi Lovato! I mentioned my grandma died and she connected it to how her grandpa died….

  • May 4, 2010

    Can thoroughly recommend @BillZucker – he follows back AND gets into conversation with his followers (and his YouTube videos are brilliant!!).

  • May 4, 2010

    YAY~!! Adding the INCOMPARABLE @JimCarrey =) I understand his #BOING movement & sent a link to him “emanating pure love’ from his YouTube – it’s amazing, btw. And his website JimCarrey.com is just astounding! It will probably win the Webby in a couple of days =)

    Oh! If @JimCarrey tweets you, the tweets appear on his website for a limited time – so get a screenshot!
    Anita @ModelSupplies
    He also tweeted my friend @Harry_Amon (twice!) who sent him a sizzling YouTube of Jimi Hendrix he hadn’t seen =) He loves the Beatles, so if you find something ultra cool & different…

  • May 11, 2010
    Khyle Deen
    @KhyleDeen

    i’ve had replies of a few celebs, Ben Lyons (@iamBenLyons), Clinton Sparks (@ClintonSparks), a few tweets from the WWE (@WWE) & i got a DM from Maria Menounos (@mariamenounos) but that’s pretty much it, i would die if Colbie Caillat (@ColbieCailat) replied to me though, she’s the one celeb i would really LOVE a follow from :)

  • May 18, 2010

    I’ve become Twitter friends with @Denise_Richards due to a common friend on Twitter..& she follows me and we direct message each other often for some issues.
    Also @MrDuncanJames has replied me 4-5 times :)

  • May 25, 2010
    Stewart C.Bailey
    @stewpot

    I worked it out the other day that in an average I spend 37 hours a week on Twitter.

    I’ve made many friends on Twitter & always looking to make new friends everyday. I’ve even met a few tweeters.

    I haven’t gone looking for celebrities but if I see someone I’d be interested in I follow. Must admit I get a buzz when a celeb tweets back to you, even had many send me a signed photo when cheekily asked.

    It’s the not so well celebs that tweet often , Derren Litten who writes Benidorm & appears on the Catherine Tate show, Female football commentator Jacqui Oatley has a good banter about football. Eammon Holmes & Terri Dyer have tweeted me quite a bit in the last few weeks.

    However I couldn’t believe it when Brad Pitt tweeted me last week.

    Be aware Barry Chuckle joined Twitter last week!!!

    What worries me is the amount of journalists that must sit on Twitter 24/7 & you can guarentee the next day a Tweet will appear out of context.

    Even had a few offer me money to embroider the truth after tweeting with an MP.

  • June 4, 2010
    ll

    well i talk to soulja boy and he has replied to me alot of times. he’s always on twitter so its easy to catch him. ive only bn using twitter a few months(feb 2010) and my first time sending him a tweet i sent it as soon as he sent posted his tweet. thats hw i get him to notice me everytime. its very easy. if you send it randomly theres a big chance they will not see your tweet.

  • June 5, 2010

    @stewpot you’re talking about @bradpitt_off right?
    what did he tell you ? :)
    He used to follow me before deleting, Denise told me in a message it was the real one.
    Still can’t believe they both follow me.

  • June 15, 2010

    im new to twitter, and only b/c im a huge UFC fan. i decided to follow a few of them. i have zero followers. i reply to the UFC fighters tweets only when its interesting to me. i never see it on their page, nor do i get a response back, but i see other fans tweets and their replies. i must be missing something.

  • July 18, 2010
    Sophie McGinty
    @SophieeMcGintyy

    Christopher Gorham replied to me :) @Chris_Gorham

  • July 18, 2010

    Twitter = Magic~! I am now tweeting regularly with @DrPerricone the leader in the skin care field, my mentor and the author of the books I based my entire business on~! Just hang in there, tweeps =) Be yourself – have your own Twitter life, too, because it’s so much fun and you never know who you will meet~!
    x0x
    Anita @ModelSupplies

  • July 20, 2010
    Alma Castañeda
    @cusita77

    Twitter it is really magical. It has made me dream and hope of things that I thought unreacheable. I have some famous people from latin america following me… News anchors and reporters, a world best seller also following me. I have had a couple of conversations with Michelle Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, Manny’s wife, Paulo Coelho, just to name some… After Paulo Coelho started to follow me and tweet me, I started to get a lot of followers and I do reply to most of them when they tweet me. I did also get a lot of “OMG that’s so cool he’s following you, follow back” and I now understand how the thing with twitter goes once you get a lot of replies. I did read all the tweets, didn’t reply to all of them is impossible, but to the ones that I found funny or interesting I always replied to…

    I’m just grateful for twitter, besides getting to chat with some celebreties, I have met awesome people. Now, I have friends in Mexico, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Spain, and in some other states here in USA. Let’s all enjoy this way of comunication…

    I’m out, gotta tweet and keep up with the twitter world.

  • August 5, 2010

    Twitter is all about marketing yourself and being friendly to other people.

  • August 24, 2010

    I got a reply from the warped tour band submerge the sky and they followed me, i also got a reply form Forever the Sickest Kids. Corbin Bleu is following me as well

  • August 29, 2010

    I got my first celebrity reply this week from Iqbal Theba. (Principal Figgins on Glee.) I’m trying to get replies from some other cast members by commenting on something they’ve written or suggesting songs for the show. I’ll definitely take this advice!

  • August 30, 2010
    Erica Beatey
    @erica6167

    i got a tweet from @G_Hannelius today actually. She stars in the DCOM “Den Brother” and has a small role in Disney Channel’s “Sonny With A Chance” she has about 5,500 followers so I had a better chance, but she sent out a tweet saying “Anybody want a shout out!?” I replied “i do! i do! i do! my first day of school tmo so i need a good luck!(: ” soon later she replied giving me a “Good Luck!!! :D ” shes really nice! I suggest that you try someone with less followers and catch them at a time they are online, or, in my case, when they sponsor shout outs.

  • September 2, 2010

    I hate the celebrities who never tweet, it’s always their manager or something. I had the chance to tweet some cool celebrities and even watch them follow me back. I’m not great at all, actually, I’m pretty lame and boring. My twitter reflects that. But I guess part of the reason why they would respond is could because I work in radio….

  • September 12, 2010

    hey ive talked to a million celebs and ya i knw cause Jusin Bieber already tweeted me and ya thz is some wierd tips that is my appinion but i was touched bout wat u said

  • September 19, 2010

    ive had brittany snow reply to mee when i asked her what the stanky leg was, hahaha. she told me it was her favorite dance…

  • September 24, 2010

    thanks 4 the helpful article!

    i finally looked @ the twitchange site after hearing about it in the news & via celeb tweets the past few days. it’s fascinating b/c there now exists a way to assess the price of a celebrity tweet.

    i’m not a veteran tweeter by any means, so i dont know that i should be dishing advice. but it seems if a celeb has just started their acct, they’re more likely to read ur replies. a) they have few followers therefore not a lot of people can actually ‘reply’ to them b) they’re still learning & don’t know how to ignore the attention they are getting from fans, so they’re more likely notice you.

    i felt silly to be so excited when i got a reply from the guy who plays the mean hockey player on ‘Glee’. and i hadn’t really prompted him to reply to me. i was just feeding him tips to fit more info in 140 characters.

    prior to that incident, my twitter acct was intended strictly for celebrity watching. i’d always figured my tweets were kind of lost in the cyber ether or just ignored.

    like i’d been sitting in a room talking to myself only to suddenly realize that, yes, there were people actually watching me through the window. and occasionally they found me interesting enough to greet me with a ‘hello’.

  • October 2, 2010
    punkynerd96

    Well I’ve had Kyle Patrick reply me 5 times, and Ben Romans retweet me 4 times. Yeah both of them are from the band The Click Five. But they ain’t following me :’(

  • October 28, 2010

    I’ve had replies from @JoshCribbs16 of the Cleveland Browns and @JoelMadden, lead singer of the band Good Charlotte

  • November 3, 2010
    Crystal
    @KaraSwan

    @leannrimes LeAnn Rimes and I tweet back and forth a lot to the point that we are basically friends! Lol! @blakeshelton Blake Shelton replies a lot with funny remarks. I tried with @taylorswift13 Taylor Swift but she doesn’t reply to her fans…:(

  • November 5, 2010

    One thing I’ve noticed. When I’ve gotten a reply from a celeb I’ll sometimes get a little surge of new followers (who have obviously been watching out for that particular celeb’s mentions). They tend to go away once they realize my own tweets are not very interesting to them.

    As a fan of Grey’s Anatomy/Private Practice, it’s pretty cool that so many of the cast(s) are on Twitter right now. @shondarhimes as a writer/exec producer is really responsive to her viewer questions. She does a rapid fire Q&A with her followers once and a while – for maybe about an hour at a time. (Quite often lately.)

    One odd experience. The day the Wikileaks story unfolded I forwarded some tweets from some of the European media, and basically was directly communicating with a few journalists who where in the midst of the controversy. (Not realizing this was actually a big deal.) As a result, the editor-in-chief of one of the largest online media conglomerates followed me. Quite a shock. He’s since dropped me. (I’ve got to admit, it felt a little bit like a break up LOL)

  • November 15, 2010
    Merhawit
    @Mer_ha_wit

    That’s funny bc the only reason I have a twitter is celebs esp. Trey Songz. But I randomly wrote something to @thegame and he DM me back. Couldn’t respond though bc he isn’t following me;(

  • November 28, 2010

    I have had a couple of celebs tweet me and DM. It was neat. I thought I might see a jump in followers, but nothing really came of it. I wonder what % of Celeb twitter users are really doing their own tweeting. I tend to think it is rather low.

    G

  • November 28, 2010

    Hey guys! This article is a great read. (: Im from Singapore, so probably my idols aren’t very well known overseas. In total, I have more than 80 mentions from local celebrities ( I “favourite” every single celeb tweet to me ) My idols are sooo awesome! I currently have two idols, and both of them know me. I love Twitter for letting me know what is going on in their lives and for bringing me closer to them. (:

  • November 30, 2010

    My Darkest Days replied to me!!!!!!!

  • December 14, 2010

    thannks for this! i got a reply from Lucie Jones! with the help from youuu :) teehee!

  • December 19, 2010

    I’ve tweeted Zayn about 60 times :/ and I’ve stil not got a reply, he only seems to reply to girls with lots of make up; basically just fake girls. I am a true fan and I voted One Direction and supported them all the way, but it does upset me that he’s still not replied. I’ve tried to get him to follow me and I swear I saw him the other day and that’s what I tweeted to him, but still no reply.

    Any other ways to get him to tweet back?

  • December 23, 2010

    Kellie Pickler is followin me and so is Taylor Hicks and he has responded to me almost 70 times in like 6 months LOL! :) Zac Brown Band is follwoin me and many of the Bachelor girls hav replied 2 me ive received replies from American Idol contestants and a few of the finalists are followin me :) Twiter is great!

  • December 24, 2010
    Jeremy Everett
    @Jeverett1293

    I wonder if Leona Lewis would ever respond I’ve heard she’s a nice person but ive sent a few regarding some issues I have that maybe she could help me with and she hasn’t it could also conflict with her busy schedule since she’s recording her album

  • January 2, 2011

    I was on Twitter for a while, and followed some celebs, mostly Christian artists. I found the only people they basically replied to were other Christian artists, producers, etc. Kinda sad that they tweet stuff and while most of them don’t get tons of replies, some only get 1 or 2 but unless you’re in the industry they don’t even give you a 2nd thought.

    Didn’t really find anyone else with similar interests as mine on Twitter so I left. I doubt anyone misses me.

  • January 5, 2011

    Keith Lemon replied to me!! but his real name is Leigh Francis :D

  • January 7, 2011

    this is an interesting article. It’s very good advice! The first and only person to tweet me back was American Idiot star Michael Esper (@airstreamrally). I edited an awesome picture of him on photoshop and tweeted it to him. He was very sweet with his thank-you :)

  • January 17, 2011

    Thanks for the useful information everybody ! I’m an artist from Madison Heights, MI trying to promote my music and all this info will help me so thank you !!!

  • January 22, 2011

    thats pretty cool how you got him to reply. its like for me i try to get celebs that aren’t that well known that i like to reply, but i always end up tweeting stuff thats not at all relevant and its like they probably get annoyed by it. i keep trying but i always have no idea what theyd tweet back to. you got any advice on how to get celebs to want to tweet back or even follow back?

  • January 24, 2011

    i think twitter helps give celebs a voice tht some times the media takes away frm them and im glad yu wrote this because i do want tu get tu kno them as a person not like ” oo itz that new singer or actor or watever”

  • January 27, 2011

    I’ve gotten Jay Crawford, Mark Schlereth, Martellus Bennett, Vince Vaughn and Lindsey Vonn to all reply to me.

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