Why does it matter?

This morning I watched a very short “something” unfold on Twitter. It was the first time I’d seen an exchange similar to this, and annoyingly (to me), I doubt it will be the last.

Someone had tweeted Simon. They didn’t get a response, and tweeted back asking why he never replies.  Simon posted (and this is NOT a direct quote) that it’s annoying when people ask that.

I wholeheartedly agree.

Tweeting is not a competition. Whomever thought it was? Let me expand a bit here. We have a profile on there for the blog aptly named @DailyDuranie. Amanda and I both use it – typically I’m the one on during the weekday and Amanda is on there at night sometimes and on the weekends. Sometimes, and this is when we’re really crazy – we’re on there at the same time. That’s joyous (For us, yes. You? Probably not!) and confusing for everyone, so we try (Well, I should say that Amanda tries. I typically just forget) to sign the tweets with an A or an R so that it’s clear whom is tweeting. We are currently following 486 people that include band members, other celebrities that we like, and friends. In addition, we’ve got 887 people following us. Amanda and I really do try to respond when someone tweets us, but as we’ve found – sometimes we just miss them. There’s too many of you and only two of us that do not sit on Twitter all day long. I pop in and out as I can, but I don’t stay for very long unless I get into a discussion with someone. I just can’t. Twitter is a timesuck and there’s just no time left for sucking! Conversely, Simon Le Bon has 71,500 followers as of this moment, and he is following 127 of you people out there. (Nope, he’s not following @DailyDuranie and I can’t honestly say I blame him!) Whenever he’s online – all 800 or so of our followers start tweeting him…so that leaves 70,700 followers (and then some) that are probably also tweeting him.  I daresay his timeline moves quickly. He sees what he sees, he replies to whatever he likes, interests him or catches his eye.

Sure, @DailyDuranie has gotten a couple reply tweets from John Taylor and even Andy Taylor before. So yes, perhaps that makes us amongst the few that have been lucky and that might somehow mean that I’m biased. Even so, I feel fairly confident that the rest of you can easily do the math here. One guy – many, many followers, tweets, requests for retweets. It’s just not possible to always respond. It’s not a competition, and Twitter should definitely not be the validating reason for remaining a fan.

At a time where there is much discussion about whether someone should start a drumstick collection or a picture collection from the band and whether or not that’s really “fair” to everyone else, I simply have to ask why any of that really matters? There are so many people out there that have never even seen the band live. There’s a ton of people that can’t even AFFORD to get to a show or pay for an album. I’d bet that most of those people would just be thrilled with a show and even without ever being to one they are still huge fans of the band, so why should I care that I’ve never gotten a reply from a band member?

Sure, having picks and sticks and pictures are great bookends to what might add up to be over 30 years of being a fan in many cases. There’s no question that they are desired items for a lot of people, myself included. Having John or Simon reply on Twitter can be exciting, of course. My only caution is to keep it all in context. At the end of the road – it really should be the music that is remembered and savored, shouldn’t it?

-R

2 thoughts on “Why does it matter?”

  1. Rhonda, I have seen that behavior in the past,which just amazes me how someone could be so Glenn close in their tweets “I'm not going to be ignored, Dan”. Remember that line from fatal attraction? That movie scared the crap out of me. Now I'm not equating people who act in that way to the movies plot, but that' line from the movie comes to mind when I see the agitation grow and escalate among fans who desperately want a response. Perhaps the reason people don't get a response is because they tweet like that. Ignore misbehavior. Then if it continue, figure out what the goal of that misbehavior is, and then respond (comes from my days of teaching active parenting classes).

    I know I'll take shit from many about my posts equating fan behavior to people acting like children, hoarders, stalkers, whatever. This is a blog and my opinions expressed represent my opinions only. I am tired of qualifying them.

    So, yeah, social networking can be a persons worst nightmare, and especially for celebrities. And since I follow more duranies, Idk for the life of me why this phenomenon seems so common when it comes to interacting with band members. Is it because they can get away with it? I imagine Simon could block people, but maybe he's too new to know and have a talk with JT about it. But then, does that create an ever bigger escalation?

    It shouldn't surprise me and yet my jaw drops when I see it. But maybe my comments evoke the same response too. Mine just aren't nasty or demanding. I'm too damn grateful and quite frankly.
    Deb

  2. People who think celebrities are going to reply to every single tweet are not thinking about the fact that these people get MILLIONS of tweets every single day. There is no logical way that anyone could ever respond to every single one. Having been tweeted at by Simon, though, I know that at least he attempts to reply to a few here and there. Which is all anyone should expect.

    Personally, anyone who thinks they're going to get a reply to every single tweet, from celebrity or not, is being an idiot. I have nearly 2,000 followers – a lot less than someone like Simon – and sometimes I have trouble replying to just a few tweets here and there!

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