Okay, fine. That's not even close to true. However, over the last year I have had a few experiences on Twitter where I tweeted back and forth with famous people. Alright, people famous among nerds.
A little over a year ago, the TWiT network started a new show called This Week in Google. Since I was already a Google fanboy, I subscribed and started listening. At first, one of the panelists got on my nerves because of how often he promoted his book. The panelist is Jeff Jarvis and his book is What Would Google Do. So I voiced my opinion over twitter:
The grotesque self promotion of @jeffjarvis was pretty thick on TWIG 7! We get it, you wrote a book. Talk about something else! #twitI import my tweets into Facebook, plus I wasn't sure I had gotten my point across in that tweet (140 characters is very limiting), so I clarified what I wanted:
I want to see if @jeffjarvis can go the entire episode of TWIG tomorrow without saying "WWGD" a single time. I bet he can't do it. #twitI then felt a little bad shouting out into space about someone I barely knew and who probably wouldn't have the chance to defend himself (plus he had just undergone surgery for prostate cancer). So I tweeted:
Lest you think I'm a hater: I actually like a lot of the ideas @jeffjarvis shares and am glad his surgery went well http://bit.ly/2UZpCNWhile I knew it was a possibility he'd read it, I did not think he would respond. Well, he did read it and he did respond. I do not have his response saved, but here is what I said in answer to his response:
@jeffjarvis Sure. I would normally expect a little self promotion. I just think you went overboard with it this last week.I also said:
@jeffjarvis It was probably just a function of @leolaporte mentioning @audible_com saying to plug other books besides yoursHe then responded saying the more complaints he received, the more he would keep on doing it. So I said: Leo did it for him when he found out Jeff wasn't going to, but Jeff did not do it any that week and was much better about it in the future. So I ate crow:
Finally got around to listening to TWIG. Props to @jeffjarvis for not plugging his book any this week! #twit
Needless to say, I feel more loyalty to Jeff now that he responded and changed because of my (and probably other's) comments. In a later podcast he mentioned "the ethic of the permalink" and a couple articles he had written about it. I asked him for the references to the articles:
@jeffjarvis Excellent articles. Thanks for the response. RT: http://bit.ly/2uxxqk http://bit.ly/3uFcOo
The reason I write about this now is that it happened to me again a couple weeks ago. This time I found myself getting disgruntled listening to This Week in Tech. Kara Swisher was on for the third time. The previous time she was on I found her grating against the TWiT flow, and the same thing happened again this time. So I tweeted:
Not really a big fan of @karaswisher on TWIT. She's obviously good at what she does, I just think she doesn't mesh with the TWIT feel well.Kara co-hosts and co-produces The D Conference, which basically makes her a journalistic goddess in the tech industry. This is one of the reasons I was confused by both my dislike of her on TWiT and her response to my tweet:
@karaswisher I've been trying to put my finger on what I think is off. Maybe you are just different and come on less often, so it is jarringI did eventually figure out the difference. I think most panelists on TWiT are nerds and geeks first and journalists somewhere after that. Kara, on the other hand, seems like a professional journalist first, and she covers nerds and geeks. It makes her less of a "buddy" on the show.
My wife and I recently watched Notting Hill. I think the theme of that movie applies to my experiences with Jeff and Kara. We tend to put these people up on a pedestal and consider them other-worldly. However, they really are normal people. Sometimes they read our tweets. Sometimes they respond. Even though they are normal people, it still made my day every time.