Celeb 2.0

Oprah Tweets, Twitterverse Freaks

The Oprah has arrived on Twitter with a bang, and it seems like no one is sure what to do next. In advance for today’s Oprah Show featuring “King of Twitter” Ashton Kutcher, Ms. Winfrey made her first official foray into the Twitterverse Friday. According to Oprah.com, the media mogul is live tweeting for one day only. And so far, the content has been completely beside the point—its all about those who love her, and those who want her gone (from Twitter, that is).

Since her Twitter account was created in January Oprah had amassed thousands of followers (including me) even when she had nothing to say. But with her first message this morning, HI TWITTERS . THANK YOU FOR A WARM WELCOME. FEELING REALLY 21st CENTURY,” the numbers jumped to over 100,000.

Since then she turned off all caps to tweet about her dog rabies getting shots, asked someone to get her a sandwich, and offered 20,000 anti-malaria bednets to @mrskutcher, aka Demi Moore in support of Malaria No More and World Malaria Day on April 25. Fresh off his victory over CNN in the race to 1 million followers, Ashton Kutcher is appearing on today’s Oprah episode to talk about, of course, Twitter, and his charitable work. Also appearing on today’s show is  Twitter founder Evan Williams, apparently with dirty socks on.

Needless to say, #FollowFriday is abuzz with her arrival, and her fans are ecstatic, but the hate is still strong.

cbk6r: Finally @oprah is on Twitter!!! Tweeting is definitely worth it now 🙂

avidbookreader: Am dropping out of Twitterverse. Just a heads up. Has become too popular. I mean Oprah is on Twitter.

For her first tweets, the reviews are mixed:

chrisguillebeau: the people whining about @oprah don’t get it. it doesn’t matter that she’s new here; she’s OPRAH. witness the power of trust + track record

ToureX: I’ll say it: so far, Oprah isn’t good at twittering. If she wasn’t OPRAH I’d unfollow. But I’m giving her the benefit of the doubt for now.

drewmaniacThings you won’t hear today: “I’m following Oprah for the meaningful conversation.”

My next question is how many of Oprah’s loyal fans can we expect to jump on Twitter after today’s show, and are they ready? I feel some fail whales in our future. But I think its awesome that Oprah is embracing the technology, and wasting no time in using it to help others so publicly.

Are you following Oprah on Twitter? Planning to watch today’s episode with Ashton Kutcher and Evan Williams?

6 Comments

Comments

hollie bless says:

i feel sorry for you all not participate. why ?Oprah's is the most together upbeat willing to put herself out there person. and not knowing what it was to tweet tweet and not lie about it . well what more is there to say. i feel like Oprah has been in my home all my life .i just wish i was in her home to . now let us all be a part of this . let us all learn together. & if i have to learn well whom best to go there with .and i tell ya if you have to think about it well maybe u could participate in something Oprah not in. i no we all want you to twitter. so come on come tweet tweet with as all & what was it Oprah said HI & it was a warm welcome . well HI back at ya .i feel warm inside right now to .tweet tweet ya later.

hollie bless says:

i feel sorry for you all not participate. why ?Oprah's is the most together upbeat willing to put herself out there person. and not knowing what it was to tweet tweet and not lie about it . well what more is there to say. i feel like Oprah has been in my home all my life .i just wish i was in her home to . now let us all be a part of this . let us all learn together. & if i have to learn well whom best to go there with .and i tell ya if you have to think about it well maybe u could participate in something Oprah not in. i no we all want you to twitter. so come on come tweet tweet with as all & what was it Oprah said HI & it was a warm welcome . well HI back at ya .i feel warm inside right now to .tweet tweet ya later.

www.UpscaleImageConsulting.com says:

Hmmmm? Oprah on Twitter!
I've been defiant up until now. I just didn't want to be a part of EVERY trend but I have to admit that the popularity of twitter combined with Oprah's presence really legitimizes it in a way that P. Diddy and 50 Cent tweets just couldnt. I just may participate!

This is interesting Lesly. Not sure if you caught this, but there's now a new hashtag out from @saavyauntie: ” #Im_PreOprah ”

http://tagal.us/tag/Im_PreOprah

Most Popular

Established in August 2007 Black Web is the premier destination for African-American’s in Technology and New Media. We cover culturally relevant Technology industry news; mainstream Technology industry news; & African-American Technology and New Media Executives, Entrepreneurs, and Influencers. We also analyze emerging web trends and how they apply to web properties that target African-Americans or African-American culture.

Copyright © 2016 Black Web 3501 Jack Northrop Ave, Office 11690, Hawthorne, CA, 90250, USA

To Top