Top 10 Strangest Top 10 Lists

December 26, 2009

This time of year we are deluged with Top 10 lists. Many are the predictable music, movies, celebrities, sports, news stories etc.  But there are the slightly more obscure and stranger Top 10 lists also. Here are my picks for 10 of the stranger ones!

Anyone Care About Celebrity Ghost Tweets Anymore?

August 27, 2009

tweetexorcistSeveral months ago, @amyjdean and I started a site called At the time there was a lot of outrage about celebrities hiring people to ghost tweet for them, in particular Guy Kawasaki. Our site got a lot of attention for a while, we have polls on various celebs in different fields, and there was a lot of speculation about who was and who wasn’t using ghost tweeters. But lately the interest in this subject seems to have dropped off the map, and I’m curious why.

One factor that has changed is Twitter adding verified accounts. This doesn’t really preclude somebody ghost tweeting on it, though. Does this mean people are more concerned that it’s a real celebrity account and don’t really care whether  the celebrity is actually doing the  tweeting? Have we become so used to the phoniness of celebrity culture that all that matters is the appearance and not the substance of anything concerning them?

Another issue is the increasing tendency of  journalists to quote tweets as part of their news coverage. Do they verify that the person typing the tweet is the actual person the account is registered to? I tend to think not. And if journalists don’t care about verifying their sources, why should we expect anyone else to?

I’d really like to hear from some of you on this. Do you care who’s really tweeting on the accounts you follow on twitter? Does any of this really matter to you?