Recently I came across an article titled Tweets or Trouble. This particular article talked about the massive growth of Twitter since its inception in 2006. According to the article, Twitter “grew a staggering 1,382% from February 2008 to February 2009, and has more than 7 million unique visitors every month.” The popularity of Twitter reaches from students to scholars and has become the largest micro- blogging site on the internet.
Twitter and its varied users tend to even include celebrities like Rob Thomas, Kirstie Alley, and Kimora Lee Simmons. There is even a Tweet called Celebrity Tweet where you can track your favorite celebrities in one central location. The right of every human to express their opinion and exercise your right to free speech is apparent and celebrities are people after all, but the constant Tweets and updates about their lives are starting to cause them trouble.
Celebrities are loving the FREEDOM and being able to speak on newsworthy topics that they are interested or even involved in without having to wait on their representative to form a statement and take it to the press. According to the article,” Because of the public nature of the site, many public relations practitioners face a “media literacy” problem among their celebrity clients.” Once their client makes a Tweet it is there for life. Out there in the cyber world will be their comments and these might not always be the best things for the celebrities to do. Though they might not see the harm in it, there could be damage done to their or someone else’s reputation based on what they say.
Though Twitter allows the celebrities to be more accessible and public to their fans, they are also that much more accessible and public to the media and its criticism.Courtney Love made a great example when she proceeded to Tweet an opinion of hers about a designer and his personal habits. The information could be proven true, but never the less she was sued for it Celebrities opinions can be considered fact and taken out of context for many people. So, just be careful what you read and post and use discretion in all decisions about making information available on the World Wide Web.