The blogosphere was a-buzzin' all day yesterday about Twitter's mysterious "big news," cryptically mentioned in a tweet by founder Evan Williams. "Tomorrow just became a very big day," Williams wrote. What could it be? What was this monumental occurrence? WE MUST KNOW!
The shocker, it turns out, was just as a certain Robert Scoble suspected: Oprah was sending her first tweet. Holy. F'n. Crap. It's even more exciting than we could ever have imagined.
Not to take anything away from Oprah -- her work clearly strikes a chord with plenty of people, and that's great. But I think the debut of her account on Twitter can reaffirm something I hope we can now all admit: Being a celebrity does not automatically make you an interesting Twitter user.
Take, for example, Oprah's magical moment, which tens of thousands of Twitterers had signed up and eagerly waited to see:
HI TWITTERS . THANK YOU FOR A WARM WELCOME. FEELING REALLY 21st CENTURY .
Then you've got Mister One Million himself, the great Ashton Kutcher (or, as he's known on Twitter, aplusk). Kutcher may have reached a million followers this week, but come on -- is his stream of updates really that interesting? If he weren't Ashton Kutcher, would anyone care? (See CNET's post: "How to Unfollow Ashton Kutcher")
Look, I'm not out to knock these people's thoughts or their takes on what Twitter's all about. All I'm saying is that having a famous face and a famous name doesn't necessarily mean your every thought is earth-shattering. I've looked at Ashton Kutcher. I've looked at Howard Stern. And in the end, I've found far more interesting and engaging interactions with users whose names and faces few people know -- and, most magical of all, those people actually interact back with me, too.
Social media as a two-way road. How novel.
I better go tell my Twitter friend MC Hammer.