I enjoy my social media. There’s always something fun and interesting there and I’m blessed to have made the acquaintances of many people I probably woudn’t have otherwise. But imagine my surprise when James Patterson friended me the other day on Twitter. Now, I’m not foolish enough to imagine that he waits with bated breath to read my blog every day and I’m aware of all the computer programs out there who promise to get you a kazillion followers by using robo techniques.
So, me being me, I called him out on it at Twitter. I should mention that that particular James Patterson account has a blue checkmark which means it is an official, verified account. So I tweeted this:
Thinking the matter done I moved on, but then I received this:
Now, while it does say that the Twitterer is human, it doesn’t say it is James Patterson, so to make things interesting here’s my response:
The ball is now in his court.
The thing is, I don’t mind if famous people have others do their social media. I just want them to come clean about it. I’m more impressed when I see, “Anna here, Mary wanted me to tell you…” I love the honesty. There’s almost nothing worse than having someone try to put something over you and making you look like a fool. I was saddened when I found out George Takei didn’t write his own Facebook stuff. I’m a fan and some of it was hilarious. But I kind of felt betrayed because I’m a basically trusting person who likes to believe in people. None of this will change because of this Tweet thing.
So, tell me what you think? Is it the real James Patterson? Does it matter to you if someone else does their accounts and acknowledge it? Does it change your opinion of the person?
I should also mention that Author Erica Jong followed me, but when I tweeted her this, she didn’t respond:
Bottom Line: Do you think he’ll come to my luncheon?
BTW, I’m starting a new feature on my website, “Five Things You Didn’t Know About…” Stop by and let me know what you think of this regular Friday feature.