I'm a public figure, of sorts, so of course I plug my twitter and facebook pages on a regular basis. One thing I don't do, however, is pander to celebrities to follow me, retweet me, or anything else. Yet over the past three days, I've been favorited, replied to, and followed by both a WWE Superstar and a major label recording artist.
I always laugh when I see people begging celebs for a retweet on Twitter. Some of them will come up with stories in hopes to sway the celeb into retweeting them, others will just tweet, "Hey, @celebrity, can I get a RT?" Surprisingly, this actually works with a few of them, which is why I know about this phenomenon. Hulk Hogan is a notorious retweeter, but I've gotten replies from the guy just by asking how he's doing, or talking with others about the time I met him in 2002. If any of the thousands of projects I try my hand at take off, I doubt I'd retweet anyone unless I genuinely like their tweet (with the exception being if it's for a good cause).
So how did I wind up with a WWE Superstar and a national recording artist following me on Twitter? By calling them out, surprisingly.
The WWE Superstar in question is Tyson Kidd. When WWE was in Buffalo about a month ago, Tyson was on their new kid's show, Saturday Morning Slam. I got a screen grab of Tyson leaving me hanging as I'm reaching for a high-five, and I called him out on it on Twitter. "My bad, I'll get ya next time," Kidd says. I told him I'd hold him to that - and next thing I know he's following me on Twitter.
The band in question is New Years Day. Ash Costello (the singer) and Russell Dixon (the drummer) walked into my hotel yesterday morning. Me, being clueless as to who they were at the time, cut them a break on my usual early check-in fee, thinking they were some indy band trying to get their name out there. Come to find out, they've been around for quite a while, and have nearly 43,000 fans on Facebook. Last night, I got a noise complaint from an elderly lady who happened to have been put next door to them. After I called them to tell them to knock it off, I found them on twitter to joke about having to tell them to be quiet. They tweeted back that they were sorry for partying and then followed me.
No pandering. Just friendly conversation.
FWIW, New Years Day has a new EP available, called The Mechanical Heart. Check it out!