This past Friday was a big deal in Twitteropia. People were scrambling, tweets were a flying, proclamations typed out in 140 characters or less. What was the big deal? @oprah. "huh?!? what?!?," you non-tweeple say. Oprah now tweets, or is trying to at least. @aplusk & @ev (aka Ashton Kutcher and Evan Williams Twitter's Chief Executive ) were on Oprah and now she tweets. I suddenly feel less cool, less techie, less in-the-know.
I haven't decided if I think this is a good thing or a bad thing. On one hand, I'm telling all my friends to get on Twitter. "Come follow me @lunzy!" I say to them. It's easy. It's fun. But I don't want Oprah on it. I don't know why really. It's really not going to effect my world. It's more my ego. The cool factor I guess. I even like Oprah. I was a HUGE fan way back when... but now that she's on Twitter it seems a bit cheesy to me. I'm not alone: herebeforeoprah.com lets you tweet that you were on Twitter before her. Re-Tweets galore of @SavvyAuntie: were you on Twitter way before it got on the Oprah Show? Then you are Pre Oprah! #Im_preOprah with tons following suit (search #im_preoprah on twitter's search feature to see what I mean) there's even a new user @herebeforeoprah.
Her first tweet was not pretty:
"HI TWITTERS . THANK YOU FOR A WARM WELCOME. FEELING REALLY 21st CENTURY."
ALL CAPS?? "Twitters"? Doesn't she have PR people who could have helped her out a bit, given her a cheat-sheet. Crafted her first "official" tweet? Come on, people.
THE_REAL_SHAQ (whom I love) called her out, ahem, helped her a bit:
"@oprah ur caps r on, btw"
*See cnet.com's take on it with screen shots.
In a dumb way I guess I wanted it to be my personal world. My not-so-little secret um, like this blog? ;) But word is out across the land. OprahLand has called and they will follow. But make no mistake; I was on before Oprah.