27. March 2009 · Comments Off on Ghost Twitterers · Categories: Links, Ramble

I know many think blogging and Twitter and Facebook are silly. Or egotistical (probably!). Whatever. I’m okay with that. I blog and use twitter and Facebook. (I think some things other people do are silly too.) But I’ve often wondered if the posts on these places are real. Turns out not all of them are. I’m happy to hear that not everyone agrees that that’s a good thing. (Lance Armstrong twittered about it. Hmm. The “real” Lance?! I think so. Really.)

The basketball star Shaquille O’Neal, for example, is a prolific Twitterer on his account — The Real Shaq — where he shares personal news, jokes and occasional trash talking about opponents with nearly 430,000 followers.

“If I am going to speak, it will come from me,” he said, adding that the technology allows him to bypass the media to speak directly to the fans.

As for the temptation to rely on a team to supply his words, he said: “It’s 140 characters. It’s so few characters. If you need a ghostwriter for that, I feel sorry for you.”

Ghostwriters have been around for a long time. If you read a famous person’s autobiography you can’t just assume that person wrote it. I guess there are still people who don’t know that. Heck, if the book is extremely well written I tend to assume there was a ghostwriter involved. Some ghostwriters get acknowledged. Some don’t.

But somehow, with Twitter, Facebook and MySpace, it seems that many believe the famous person is doing all the writing. I’ve been taught to be skeptical (thanks, you-know-who-you-are) so I tend to think the opposite until proven otherwise. Go figure.

I am not famous. I do my own blogging, twittering, “facebooking” … and I clean my own toilet too. So there you go. But this unfamous person would gladly never make another reed if only she could find a ghostreedmaker.

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