Twitter is full of celebrities. Ashton Kutcher rubs elbows with tech heads like Robert Scoble. Stars such as Alyssa Milano use the platform to help raise awareness for various causes they support. Sports stars and musicians are found everywhere: Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber are two of the “top” people on the social site when it comes to number of followers. The problem that all of us who are normal has is that we want the VIPs to follow us. How the heck do we accomplish that?
It’s honestly not as difficult as you might think. Sure, there are those such as the Biebs and Gaga who don’t really interact with others. I see the cream of the crop talking about their accomplishments and bragging about their latest adventures all day long. However, there are plenty of celebs who truly WANT to talk to you.
Are you talking back? Taking a look at the @messages sent to the big shots, it’s easy to see that you’re not. Most of the time, people simply send declarations of love and adulation. “I’m your biggest fan! Will you follow me?” Guess what? Ten thousand others are their biggest fan, as well. I will let you in on a secret: most of these people don’t want your adulation. They work just as hard as you or I do. They crave real conversation which can add something to their life – just like we do. So talk to them!
When your favorite football player or singer asks a question on Twitter, don’t reply by saying how smart/funny/adorable they are. Answer them! Give them a reason to want to talk to you. Come up with counter-questions of your own. Make them think about the given topic and you’ll almost always get a reply. From there, you can continue to build the conversation to the point they end up following you.
Let’s remember that they’re going to check you out. If your stream is full of messages about your dinner, latest date or bathroom habits, celebrities won’t follow you any more than any other person on this planet would. If you want the attention of any human being, you’re going to have to promote yourself as someone with intelligent and interesting things to say.
Another great way to get someone’s attention is through a blog post. If you feel you wrote something interesting that hasn’t already been done a million times, why not Tweet it directly to the people who you’re hoping will follow you? Let’s say you have a new take on the world of startup funding. Write a kickass article and show it off to Mike Arrington. I guarantee he’s going to click through and just may start following what you’re doing on Twitter so he doesn’t miss anything else. The same rule can apply to someone such as Kathy Griffin or even Ashton himself. If you have something awesome to say, share it with them.
Don’t set your hopes too high. The sad truth is that many stars are on the service simply to promote themselves. However, many of “US” are there for that reason, as well. Take the time to figure out which celebrities truly mean something to you and then make them want to know you. Start conversations with them and don’t give up if your first try doesn’t work: they get a bajillion messages thrown at them per day, making it easy to miss yours.
If you’ve managed to have a great dialogue on Twitter with any celebrities or gotten them to follow you back, let us know in the comments. We love success stories!