Are Celebrities Out Of Touch? Or Why Politics And Hollywood Don’t Mix!

The months leading up to the last US Presidential Election were hard on most American citizens. We became, as rapper Pitbull said, the “Divided States of America”! Everybody had to weigh in and volunteer an opinion, no matter if you were a registered voter or not. People from all around the world took to Social Media to make their voices heard, especially foreign celebrities thought we needed their input!

Madonna even went so far as to ‘promise blow jobs for Hillary Clinton voters” as mentioned by Snopes. Very classy!
After the election the mostly liberal actors, writers, singers and other stars were outraged at the result! Celebs from Spain, the UK and other countries tweeted #NotMyPresident

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I was hoping things would eventually calm down after the election, and life could go back to normal. But the drama went on. Millennials required to have their ‘save space’, people tweeted about being in shock, the world as we knew it was surely going to end! ‘Unite For America’ posted a YouTube video called ‘Celebrities Urging Electoral College to Vote Against Trump’ featuring has been actors like Debra Messing or Martin Sheen.

Things went downhill from there. Many days I couldn’t look at my Twitter timeline without cringing over some celeb’s posts! The cast of ‘Hamilton’ called out VP Mike Pence from stage at the end of their performance.

Madonna casually mentioned on Inauguration Day, at a protest not far from the White House, that she had considered blowing it up!

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And Meryl Streep attacked President  Trump in her speech at the ‘Golden Globes’ awards as detailed by The Washington Post. But the resulting memes of Vince Vaughn‘s and Mel Gibson‘s faces during her tirade were priceless!
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I can respect different point of views, but why do some celebrities think their opinion matters more than those of regular people? Just because an actor might play a smart person, doesn’t mean he is intelligent in real life! You can’t even politely disagree with any of them without getting attacked by overzealous fan girls!

What does a Hollywood star have to gain from voicing his political opinion? We are all entitled to one, but chances are part of your fan base doesn’t share yours. So no matter what you say, somebody will be upset. Why divide your fans if you could unite them instead?

Why does J.K.Rowling, who lives in a 18 bedroom mansion, tell Americans to take in refugees? People got so upset that Change.org started a petition for her to take in refugees in all of her many bedrooms!

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Most celebs who criticize Americans that want a stronger border to be protected from illegal criminals, have body guards and live in mansions behind big walls! They are so disconnected from real life and what the average person has to deal with every day, that it is beyond hypocritical to tell us what to do while they are living safely in their dream world.

Actor Mark Wahlberg put it best as quoted in an article by MSFP News :

“A lot of Hollywood is living in a bubble. They’re pretty out of touch with the common person, the everyday guy out there providing for their family.”

“You know, it just goes to show you that people aren’t listening to that anyway,” he continued. “They might buy your CD or watch your movie, but you don’t put food on their table. You don’t pay their bills. A lot of Hollywood is living in a bubble. They’re pretty out of touch with the common person, the everyday guy out there providing for their family. Me, I’m very aware of the real world. I come from the real world and I exist in the real world. And although I can navigate Hollywood and I love the business and the opportunities it’s afforded me, I also understand what it’s like not to have all that.”

The past election was about the average American, the regular guy, and not about the Hollywood elite! If they don’t like it here, they certainly have the money to move or fly to some place else. Peace out!

No, Please Not Another ‘Next Bond’ Article!

I am so sorry! Not only is this our 3rd article in the past year about the possible choices to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond, but we are getting bombarded lately from all sides with similar write-ups. I myself am getting tired of reading basically the same article, with the same list of contenders, over and over again! If you read one, you read them all. Are journalists copying each other now?

Then there is the fan casting, like by scatronixx …this is not how things work! You find an actor that fits the role, not the other way around. The character of James Bond, that Ian Fleming created, is a white British male. Just because of all that talk about “white washing” in Hollywood, we don’t have to use political correctness in casting. Aside from the fact that Idris Elba is too old, if you want a black agent, why not do a spin-off with a black 006? If you want a female spy, why not revamp ‘Emma Peel’, or cast a woman as 004? That way everybody is happy. But let James be James, not Jane.

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There were some funny reactions to ‘Jane Bond’ on Twitter. One guy suggested that in exchange for a female Bond we should re-think some female characters as well. He has a valid point, sounds only fair to me. So how about a ‘Cinderfella’? Other suggestions were ‘Sleeping Beau’, ‘Pocahoncho” or ‘Mark Poppins’. Our kids will be so confused! I have no issues with casting gays, lesbians, transgender actors, or any other color of that rainbow, as long as they play their characters true to their original story. Don’t mess with my childhood memories!

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Then there are jokes and rumors like Theo James being confirmed as the next James Bond. That article originated from a site that added the disclaimer:” All stories on this site are satire and the opinions expressed do not belong to any real people.” I guess nobody bothered to read to the very end?

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I think Vanity Fair is correct in saying the next Bond will not be who you expect, according to an interview with Sam Mendes who directed the last two James Bond movies, and is exiting the franchise. For example Tom Hiddleston is a great actor, but too charming and boyish, he does not have that “dangerous” vibe. I love Henry Cavill, but James Bond can’t be confused on screen with Superman. Tom Hardy is a bit too rough around the edges. Jamie Bell would have to wear elevator shoes, or have very petite Bond girls, as he is only 5’7″short.”Kinky Boots” anybody? Again, Idris Elba is not only too old with 44, since most 00-agents retire at age 45, he also has his own franchise “The Dark Tower”, and James Bond is not a man of color.

It will be entirely up to Barbara Broccoli to select her next agent. It might be a fresh and new face, or an up-and-coming actor, who is just starting to get more and more name recognition, like Luke Evans. I just can’t imagine anybody who is already too well known as another character, or too closely linked to another franchise.

In any case, if they cast a woman or Mickey Mouse as the next Bond, it might really be the ‘Last Bond’!

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Social Media Etiquette- How To Get Noticed In A Positive Way

Something has been bothering me for a while and it is time to get it off my chest. I believe in freedom of speech and expression, but your freedom ends where it starts hurting others. I have seen a lot of bullying, negative and rude comments. I am tired of biting my tongue! Accounts are being created for the sole purpose to troll around and stir things up just for entertainment. It is not funny to harm or attack others just to get attention!

Too many people are hiding behind a safe smoke screen while attacking celebrities or other accounts. It is too easy to use the anonymity of an avatar and post rude comments or offensive pictures. Times are changing and so should our etiquette. We need new rules or guidelines on how to use Social Media in a polite and effective way.

Let’s look at some “Do’s and Don’ts for a Positive Social Media Experience” by Stewardship for example.
If you are bored, read a book or watch a movie. Don’t get on the internet looking for trouble. Being a troll might be entertaining for you, but, just like bullying, can really hurt others.
Treat people like you want to be treated. Watch your language, don’t tweet or post anything you would not say in public.

Celebrities, no matter if you like or dislike them, are just people too, with private lives and a right to respect. Don’t invade their boundaries or verbally attack them. You may think they won’t see it, but that one nasty response amid 100 friendly ones, might get noticed!
It seems some people enjoy pushing other’s buttons. They do anything just to see a reaction, to get attention. Sadly enough it works. The squeaky wheel is more likely to get noticed. But I would rather see positive reactions to my posts than negative ones.

Also, it’s really not fair to insult a public person while hiding like a coward. They have no way to respond or defend themselves, because, unlike you, they have to watch what they post or say on Social Media.
Speaking of, you should be careful too. Often enough even anonymous posts can catch up to you in the real world, especially when seeking employment, or on the job.

No, it’s not ok to tell your favorite celebrity they look tired, their clothes don’t fit right, or to correct their spelling. Nobody likes a know-it-all. It is rude to comment on their sexuality, and family or relationships are off limits too.
As a rule of thumb, don’t post anything you would not dare to say to their face.

If you had a few drinks stay off Social Media! You might think you are funny and witty, but you will cringe reading your posts or tweets the next day! Social Media and alcohol don’t mix well!

Now I want to share how to tweet or post better. I have gotten many likes, responses and even follows from celebrities over the years. Sometimes I am still shocked, like, when a few days ago, @MTV tweeted at me! They only have 13.4 million followers!

Most peeps think only of themselves, and that is the problem. You have to put yourself in the other person’s shoes. If your favorite actor posts a picture, most responses, aside from the occasional insult, inadvertently contain “I love you!” or “Please follow me!”. I’m sorry, but that is not only lame, but stupid! Do you really think a celebrity would follow you just because you ask?

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Try to use a sense of humor in your tweet, or give an intelligent reply that relates to the original post. Something that shows you not only read and understood it, but can relate to the message. If you want to get a response, your tweet has to be about them, not yourself! All these requests for birthday wishes are really getting old too!

Express yourself, use emojis, try to show some personality. The written word gets often misunderstood, we don’t all have the same sense of humor. Not everybody understands sarcasm, and a lot gets also lost in translation. Using a winking or smiling emoji shows more clearly that you are joking.

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Be kind, post positive messages, be nice to others and most will be friendly to you…and for the rest there is still the helpful block button! Try to be yourself, don’t fake or pretend anything, but, most of all, have fun! Social Media is amazing and I really enjoy to be able to interact with actors, directors, news and magazines…endless possibilities!

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Do Actors Need A Website Or Is Social Media Enough?

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In this day and age everyone has social media and it’s no different for actors, but as such you may want to think twice before going without a website.

Social media is a great way to put yourself out there and connect with fans. Being free, it’s one of the most popular ways in which actors promote their name and work, not only with followers, but casting directors and agencies.

So if you have social media, do you need a website? The short answer is yes.

Social media is all the rave right now, but who knows when that high will die down. It probably won’t happen anytime soon and if Facebook and Twitter disappear for some reason, something else will surely take their place.

According to Philip Hernandez, a respected acting teacher and singing coach in New York City, as great as social media is, an actor should most definitely have a website that they can control and design as they wish.

“A website is a calling card that you can say ‘check me out at http://www.JoetheAwesomeActor.com’ and then on ‘www.JoetheAwesomeActor.com’ you have links to your Facebook, YouTube videos or twitter. Telling an agent or casting director to look you up on Facebook is not really professional. Sending them to your site is.”

You can stay on top — or hire someone such as AltoMedia to do so — of all your social media sites, but they are still influenced by others. A website, which doesn’t have to be too fancy, but you can add all the basics, such as your CV, headshots or photoshoots, biographical information, etc.

An actor can build or have a website built relatively inexpensively and may have to dish a monthly amount if they want a third party to take care of the administration of the site. After all, trying to become a household name will take a lot of work and dedication and who has time to create a webpage?

Of course you could do it yourself, but most actors simply do not have the time or knowledge to create a website on their own. In summary, don’t send your Facebook link to a potential agent or other studio executive, it’s just not professional to do so. You need a website.

Thinking about creating your own website to showcase your talent for all to see? Let us know if we can help.

[Image via Kevin Leslie/Twitter]

Movie Spoilers: Is It Possible To Avoid Them, With Social Media?

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In the age of social media it’s nearly impossible to avoid movie spoilers, unless, of course, you are not on social media.

Even so, for fans, ruining a film with spoilers has become a problem that happens on a regular basis, almost as soon as an announcement is made. They know that if that favorite movie is coming out, they will surely find out more than they want to.

What happened to going to see a movie and being truly surprised? Entertainment networks are at the ready to grab the latest information — which include the movie’s spoilers — and print it as fast as possible to get more traffic on their site.

As much as many of us — who write for a living — hate movie spoilers it’s undeniable that releasing plot details and rumors is usually good for our websites, as millions are interested on what’s happening during a big production.

Some people are successful at staying away from spoilers, but they have to basically stay away from their social media pages for a long time. News sites usually have the common courtesy to alert fans when spoilers are included in an article, however, regular folks just blurt things out.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens J.J. Abrams directing Daisy Ridley (Lucasfilm)

For film studios, the problem is real and it’s a nightmare to try to keep plot details quiet for months as vultures are lurking in the shadows ready to pounce. Anonymous sources abound and leaks are nearly impossible to avoid. Directors have to great lengths to keep plot details away from prying eyes and not ruin the experience for moviegoers.

Last summer and fall, when Zack Snyder was filming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in Detroit and other Midwest locations, he managed to keep the Batmobile and Ben Affleck in his Batman costume away from cameras successfully, despite filming on the city’s streets. A major feat in this day and age.

When director J.J. Abrams was thrown in the midst of one of the biggest franchises in movies’ history, he was stunned at the level of interest that comes with making the the highly anticipated next Star Wars movie, as he told Australian site News.com.au.

“The level of scrutiny is pretty much unprecedented for me. My dream is that, despite so many rumors — many of which are true, many of which are untrue — when people see the movie, they see something that hasn’t been completely ruined for them by having read spoilers they might not have wanted to read.”

Despite the fact that movie spoilers abound, film studios still have the upper hand and never confirm or deny rumors floating around on social media. You should always take a spoiler with a grain of salt, they’re not always accurate, despite so-called good inside sources. Things are evolving and studios are coming up with more creative ways to keep spoilers away from the front pages, but social media is making it more difficult.

Tell us how you avoid movie spoilers on the space below.

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POTUS Reporting For Duty…….On Twitter

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Mr. President, you are a bit late to this party, But your first tweet shows clearly that you know that. Better late than never!

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The President’s first tweet on Twitter

Regardless of where any one of us stands politically, this could be a very interesting account to follow. The first question coming to my mind was if this account will be linked to the person of Barack Obama or transfer over to the next President of the United States……and, as it happened, Bill Clinton asked that exact question in a tweet!

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Clinton welcoming President Obama on Twitter

His answer ” Good question @billclinton. The handle comes with the house. Know anyone interested in @FLOTUS?”

After only a mere three tweets the President’s account has 1.4 million followers! He himself follows 65 accounts, mostly colleges and their sports teams as well as many departments of the U.S. government.

In a very short time there have been many interesting comments, funny requests and questions tweeted at the President.

To Outsource Or Not To Outsource Social Media For Busy Actors

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If you’re an up and coming actor you want to have all your social media sites in order to reach as many fans as possible and grow your base.

Nowadays social media for an actor is just as important as having a good agent getting them those awesome roles, which could eventually land them the part that will propel their career into stardom. But how can they find the time to do it all?

The simple answer is, it’s not easy. With barely enough hours in the day to do everything a busy actor has to do, who has time for checking Facebook or Twitter at the end of an exhausting day?

It’s one thing to run your page on any social media outlets when you are getting small parts, as your free time is more your own, but what happens when all of a sudden you’re working non-stop? That’s when we come in.

Of course there’s always a down side to having someone administering your social media pages for you, but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. In previous experiences managing now-successful actors’ pages, I learned that most want to stay involved in the administration of their social media, which is probably the best solution for both parties.

As a business we want to reach as many clients as possible and help them reach that audience, but this doesn’t preclude the actor from staying directly involved in their social media.

We all follow those accounts in which our favorite actor takes a few minutes to share what they’re up to and fans love them for it. You will never have more loyal fans than those you share bits of your life with, but you won’t have time to do that in all stages of your career.

A public Facebook page can be a great place to keep fans who use the social media platform up-to-date on your latest projects and public engagements. It’s the ideal place to hear what your fans think about this or that film or interview and it is also a great place to interact. Fans like to know their comments are being read by someone, even if it’s not the star itself.

Most level minded fans realize an actor’s life is hectic and social media is probably the last thing they want to do after filming all day and traveling the world. An administrator helps solve that problem, but actors can still share their own little selfies whenever they feel like it.

Social media outsourcing is not for everyone, but you should consider it if you want to stay engaged with your fans, even if your life is hectic and you don’t have time for Facebook and Twitter everyday.

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The Softer Side Of Social Media: The Moving Story Of Simon Skyfall

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We have written previously about the down side of Social Media, and the reasons why an actor or director might leave Social Media altogether. But besides connecting an actor to his fans, there is also another, softer, more personal side to a Social Media platform like Twitter.

We recently connected with Simon Skyfall, “an actor, Equity member, Pilot, FSX nutter, lover of aviation, Arsenal fan, and lazy Writer.” Asked why he calls himself Simon Skyfall he explains on his website.

“As you can see from this screen shot of the 2013 massive James Bond hit film Skyfall, I was a supporting artist who was lucky enough to have been featured in three shots in the James Bond movie. That’s me with the goatee beard looking very serious, but inside I could not stop screaming ‘I’m in a James Bond film!'”

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Simon in James Bond film Skyfall

Simon was also featured in Gary Shore’s Dracula Untold alongside Luke Evans. He is a Pilot’s License Trainee and according to his Twitter page bio “Oh Yea nearly forgot, have cancer,never mind.” Born in England 1966, he was “given the wonderful 48th birthday present of being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.”

But instead of being negative he sees this as an opportunity to reach out to others, people in the same situation as himself, who need support. He is writing in his blog about his career, life, family, and his treatment to “get it out there as a part of my therapy to make sense of my life and my illness. Hope you don’t mind.”

Simon enjoys the support he receives from his followers on Twitter and writes on his blog, “Another thing that has really lifted up my spirits is the social media platform of Twitter. I have had such a fantastic response on this and have so many fabulous and caring followers its an absolute joy to use, so I really recommend you if you haven’t already to sign up and join in the fun, there are so many good, kind and warm hearted people out there you can connect to.”

Simon only tweeted yesterday about having been very ill, but all the kind follows and tweets really helped him to get through the day. One follower in particular put, according to him, “a massive smile on his face” through her hard work trying to get more people to follow this inspirational person! Even bad days like these make him “appreciate the good days far more; to fight to have more of them. It’s going 2 b ok”.

We were so impressed by his positive attitude that he kindly allowed us to share his story. “It would be a privilege and an honor to be a part of this and being able to help out.” To find out more about this amazing man and how he is taking his life one day at a time, take a look at his blog and follow him on Twitter to support his fight against cancer.

[Image via Simon Skyfall]

Can Social Media Hurt Prospects For Actors? It Depends On How They Use It

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Social media connects actors to the right people, but can it also have a down side? The simple answer is, it depends on how you use it. You can’t tweet a producer or casting director out of the blue and send them a reel of your work. You may get put in a black list of actors who don’t have a clue about social media. While being connected to all the right sites (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google, etc.) is a good thing to put your name out there, it can have its downfall. If you are eager to get a part, play it cool and before contacting someone who can advance your career, build a relationship with them and let them know who you are first. This is one of Todd Wharton’s pet peeves when it comes to actors using social media. In an interview for Daily Actor Wharton — the CEO of Local Talent Connect, a global network that brings together artists from across the industry — talked about what not to do.

“You can’t just approach people like that. You’ve got to invest in yourself before anyone invests in you. If you wanna grow, you’ve got to hustle. You’ve gotta grind.” “The next thing is they expect people to look at everything that they post. It happens everyday. Sometimes people post things and they don’t even put any descriptions. They’ll just send you a link. They don’t even know you sometimes. They’ll just start sending you links and they don’t take that time to build the relationship. Your business should be like your personal life. You are not gonna throw someone the wedding ring on the first date.”

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David Oakes on Twitter

Additionally, Wharton says that people are so busy connecting online that they’re forgetting about personal conversation. While it’s important to keep your social media accounts updated, because you can potentially reach millions, many young actors don’t know how to properly communicate with industry executives and interact with others. While many actors are active on social media and share really cool stuff about their careers with fans, some cross the line and studios are actively trying to keep that under control. Did you know that you could lose that awesome role if you share any details of the production without authorization? Well, you can. Most movie studios have strict guidelines for actors to follow when they get hired for a project and you don’t want to risk losing that much needed job. So there should be no sharing of that audition or behind-the-scenes details that should not be revealed, as tempting as it is. Marci Liroff, was in the middle casting for the Vampire Academy: BloodSisters, based on the best-selling series of six young-adult paranormal romance novels, when she noticed actors posting things they weren’t supposed to on social media.

“I noticed some really bad behavior by a few actors; they were tweeting about coming in for auditions, and how they did on said audition.” “I got an email from one of my producers who asked that all casting news come from the production and that what goes on behind the scenes (i.e. who’s auditioning) should be controlled by us. The producer added that any further “leaks” would compromise an actor’s potential for being hired.”

So there you go, if you don’t want to be a nuisance for the casting director that helped you land that coveted role, keep your fingers to yourself and don’t share any details of what is going on with a new production. However, do work on creating lasting personal relationships, they are just as important as being on social media for an actor. [Image via Robert Downey Jr./Instagram]

Joss Whedon Deletes Twitter Account, Find Out Why

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Director Joss Whedon decided to delete his Twitter account, but the reasons behind it may surprise you a little and make you think about how social media can be good and bad for the entertainment business.

Anyone associated with movies wants to have a social media presence these days. It’s hard — but not impossible — to find an actor who does not use at least Twitter to put his name out there and engage with fans and colleagues.

Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon was one such person, until recently. But why would he leave Twitter at the height of popularity for his latest blockbuster?

The talk was that Whedon was fed up with all the criticism concerning his portrayal of the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) in the sequel. However, Whedon calls the assertion “horsesh**” in an interview with BuzzFeed.

“I saw a lot of people say, ‘Well, the social justice warriors destroyed one of their own!’ It’s like, Nope. That didn’t happen, believe me, I have been attacked by militant feminists since I got on Twitter. That’s something I’m used to. Every breed of feminism is attacking every other breed, and every subsection of liberalism is always busy attacking another subsection of liberalism, because god forbid they should all band together and actually fight for the cause.”

Joss Whedon apparently had enough of social media and trying to tell a story in 140 characters or less and will instead use his time focusing on what’s really important to him. In other words Twitter was distracting him from doing his job.

“I just thought, ‘Wait a minute, if I’m going to start writing again, I have to go to the quiet place…and this is the least quiet place I’ve ever been in my life. It’s like taking the bar exam at Coachella. It’s like, Um, I really need to concentrate on this! Guys! Can you all just…I have to..It’s super important for my law!”

“Twitter is an addictive little thing, and if it’s there, I gotta check it. When you keep doing something after it stops giving you pleasure, that’s kind of rock bottom for an addict. I just had a little moment of clarity where I’m like, You know what? If I want to get stuff done, I need to not constantly hit this thing for a news item or a joke or some praise, and then be suddenly sad when there’s hate and then hate and then hate.”

So unfortunately, fans — and antagonists — of Joss Whedon will no longer have the opportunity to harass him on Twitter. Social media has lost a big name. Are you addicted to Twitter?

[Image via Marvel]