POTUS Reporting For Duty…….On Twitter

Barack Obama

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

@potus on Twitter

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!

Welcome from Bill Clinton

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.

Twitter Etiquette For Actors, How To Tweet Like A Pro And Get Noticed

Twitter and actors Juan Pablo Di Pace

We have talked about Twitter etiquette for actors before, but how should you tweet if you want to be noticed by talent agents or casting directors?

Social media is an extremely powerful promotion tool. The best part is that it’s free, but it can also be a double edged sword if you don’t watch yourself.

As an up-and-comer, you have an advantage that those who came before you didn’t. Twitter. This gives you access to important industry people who can make your dreams of stardom come true. Twitter is not only there to interact with fans, but potentially with talent recruiters.

Let’s face it, most actors are in the business for two reasons. Because they love it and because they want to become a household name, but it takes a lot of years of hard work to make it and not all do.

Twitter can put you in contact with people like Marci Liroff, casting director extraordinaire, of whom we have also spoken before. Maybe not all casting directors use Twitter as a talent recruiting tool, but Liroff does and she has some unwritten rules she follows, according to an interview on BackStage.

“It’s not like there’s a rule book, but there are definitely rules on Twitter and there is etiquette. A lot of people still don’t understand how to use it, so they’re just kind of blathering out these thoughts that they shouldn’t be talking about, or hitting me up and sending me a message like, ‘Look at my demo.’ We have no relationship, we’ve never talked before, but suddenly they find out that I’m on Twitter, and I’m just getting besieged by people that want something from me but have no relationship with me. I think it makes people very foolishly powerful.”

That’s powerful stuff if you’re an actor and use Twitter. First of, it’s crucial to establish a relationship, by interacting — without pushing — with the other person, unless you want to find yourself on their blacklist. Even if you know a casting director or talent agent is active on Twitter, resist the urge, until they get to know you better.

How do you do that? By retweeting and commenting on their posts. Thank them for good advice and show them you are interested in what they have to say. You can even ask a question here and there, again, without selling yourself, but showing them that you are willing to take their advice seriously. Liroff puts it in laymen terms, be natural and treat Twitter like you would a social event.

“I try and look at everything I possibly can, because you never know, but it’s all in the approach. They say social media really is like a cocktail party or a dinner party, and you should treat it as such. You wouldn’t just walk into a stranger’s house with your DVDs and shove them in their face and say, ‘Here! Look at this!’ But that’s kind of, in essence, what you’re doing.”

Words of wisdom for actors using Twitter, follow the guidance and who knows, you may land that part that could change your life.

[Image via Juan Pablo Di Pace/Twitter]

Joss Whedon Deletes Twitter Account, Find Out Why

Joss Whedon deletes Twitter account.

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]