Do Celebrities Belong in Your Following?

Guess #followfriday got me thinking about this.  I was looking through people I follow and who they follow.  I was focusing more on what I call “official” Twitter accounts vs. personal accounts.  I noticed that one library account had several celebrities it was following.  For some reason this didn’t sit well with me.  I can understand following authors, local celebs that perhaps have been connected to your library or your state but the likes of Miley Cyrus or Justine Timberlake seemed a bit off.

One could argue well if you carry their cd’s in your collection why wouldn’t you follow them?  And that is a logical argument I’m just not sold on it.  I feel that the people you follow (not necessarily the ones that follow you) says something about you.   No followers says one thing about you just as a large number of followers says another.  But it isn’t just about the numbers (some folks like the play the number game I prefer quality over quantity).  Not sure I like what a bunch of celebrities says about your official account.

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5 Responses to Do Celebrities Belong in Your Following?

  1. theycallmetater says:

    The role of the library has changed. We don’t just carry books anymore. We have a very high circulation in DVD’s and CD’s. Why is following an author different than following the musicians and actors from the AV material we circulate? I think libraries and library employees need to be aware of popular culture trends and following celebs on twitter is a good way to know what is going on in that world.

    • mlibrarianus says:

      Agreed, our role has certainly changed. And I’m one of the biggest supporters of keeping up with trends (technology-wise or other). Being aware of trends is important definitely part of our jobs but does that mean we need to follow celebs on our Twitter account? Again, if they were local celebs (authors, musicians, film makers, etc.) I could certainly see it but does follow Paris Hilton really give us the street cred we are looking for?

  2. theycallmetater says:

    I don’t know about Paris, but the examples you used above would. Also, I’m not sure the customers following us on twitter really think that much about who we follow. As long as we aren’t following porn accounts, I think we are OK.

    • mlibrarianus says:

      Well perhaps it is me. But I look at who someone is following as well as their tweets to help me decide if I should follow them. But maybe I’m the only one. I don’t think it says a lot about a organization if they follow celebs but not others in their profession.

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