This Just In: I’m Annoyed by Twitter Starf*ckers

by Rich DeMatteo on April 12, 2010 · 28 comments

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I’m not easily annoyed.  In fact, I’m known to be a calm, cool, and collected dude.  With that said, some Twitter users drive me absolutely insane, and Twitter Starfuckers are damn near the top of the list.

Alright, so maybe you don’t know what it means to be a Twitter Starfucker.  Let’s look at a few Starfucker definitions from Urban Dictionary:

1. Someone that shallowly idolizes and apologizes for celebrities just because they are celebrities in the hope that they can one day be lifted to their iconic level.

2. A person who obessessed with and seeks out personal interaction with celebrities. The desired interaction is often, but not necessarily, sexual in nature.

3. Someone who thinks some brief nearly non-existent connection with some great legend practically makes them a great legend too.

Looking at these definitions should give you a pretty solid idea of what it means to be a Twitter Starfucker.  It’s basically someone on Twitter that RT’s and/or sends @ messages/reply’s to the big names on an almost daily basis.  And when I say big names, I’m not talking about the folks in your industry with 10,000 followers, I’m referencing the people that have a follower count up near or way over 100K.

Some examples would be Gary Vaynerchuk, Tim Feriss, and Chris Brogan.  Of course there are many more, but the 3 listed have quite a few Starfuckers.

You’ve RT’d or sent an @ message to a certain star or stars a few times, do you gain the label?  If it’s only been a handful of messages over a long period of time, then you need not worry, you don’t qualify.  The Twitter Starfucker label is reserved for folks that have that burning desire to be noticed by the big names, and it’s fucking annoying.

Why am I annoyed?

Great content, innovation, and truly making a difference for a large group of people will bring recognition and success.  Without those three things, you can RT the big names as much as you want, but it’s not doing anything for you, you just look like a pathetic asshole, begging for fame.

I love Gary’s book, Crush it, but I haven’t jumped all over him or tweeted anything from him.  Before I joined Twitter, we talked about Tim Feriss and his book in my Human Resources Masters classes, and while I was a huge fan, I’ve only tweeted him once.  And lastly, I have no clue what Chris Brogan is all about, and I really don’t care.

If any of these 3 stars ever want to reach out one day, then that’s great, but I’m certainly not going to go begging for their recognition.

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27 comments
Ashlee Chisholm
Ashlee Chisholm

Hey Rich, This is a great post. Unfortunately, I am guilty of this many times over. Some of the "twitter celebrities" post helpful articles and stats I like to share with my network. In addition, RT contests are awesome and I actually won a few. However my goal is not to "one day be lifted to their iconic level." At the rate your readership is going you will be part of that group in the near future; I think you would want your thousands of readers to RT your posts and engage you on twitter. Eh, just my two cents!

Marsha Keeffer
Marsha Keeffer

Yup, it's irritating because they're not bringing anything new or discussion-worthy. If there's no new thought, they're just concentric rings around the pebble thrown into the lake.

Dawn Lennon
Dawn Lennon

Hey, Rich, thanks for the education! Pretty hot topic, I see. I'm in your camp. Narcissism, trying hook on to others to get ahead, trivializing the need to produce something on your own value, creating a false brand...all the kinds of (mis)use of social media that detracts from the strength of change-focused Twitter communities to make a difference. BTW, I loved your post because I enjoy your voice and the issues you give it to! Thanks.

Rachel Vincent
Rachel Vincent

Hey Rich, I definitely agree with your thoughts. However, i do think there are two exceptions to the situation where it is warranted: 1. This has already been mentioned, but sometimes there is a post by someone I am following that i just really like and want to pass on. It isn't common that it really strikes me from someone I have personally connected with, but I can understand that motivation...as long as it isn't too common. 2. In areas you care about, I think it is good to respond, when you have valuable feedback. (replies that actually add value to the conversation). In that case, I don't really care who the reply is going to, as long as it adds valuable conversation. But, for the most part, I think people are just trying to get their "in" with a "star", or at least who they think is a star. I like the bluntness of this. People need to be reminded that social etiquette should still exist of twitter.

Nicole Crimaldi
Nicole Crimaldi

Wow Rich. I see (and agree) with your points here but why do you care so much about how others choose to use their Twitter account? They are only embarassing themselves. Maybe unfollow them if they are that annoying to you. Great #JobHuntChat again last night! I enjoy it more and more every week. Great job leading the effort.

Bridget Forney
Bridget Forney

When I first read the headline I thought this was going to be a blog post about anger against people who St*r out their expletives on Twitter. I mean, I do hate those people to. Another story for another time, perhaps. One day I realized Cesar Milan wasn't following me back. Then I was like, "Why am I following Cesar Milan??" and more disturbing to me, "Why the fuck WOULDN'T that dog-whispering bastard not follow me back?????"

Emily Jasper
Emily Jasper

I know that I don't see value a lot of the time from "celebs" (even business ones). Sure, the ones you mention may actually tweet for themselves, but so many have ghost tweeters, or even teams. If there isn't a reason for me to know someone, I might RT something that had some great links or content, but I'm not going to try and have a conversation. They won't be my next best friend.

Brian Meeks
Brian Meeks

I had a funny experience on my presonal twitter account. I like woodworking and when I am not PreferredVendor I am on my other twitter account, tweeting with people who like books and woodworking. I posted a comment about Greene and Greene furniture, and within seconds I got followed by some 'actress' who I had never heard of, Allison Greene or something like that. I sent a DM and explained that I didn't know who she was and that they had followed me by mistake. I took a great deal of pleasure in telling them I wasn't talking about them, but a pair of great designers from the early 20th century. Good post...Written like the true 'Rock Star' you are. ;-)

shennee
shennee

Wow- You are really fired up today! Love your less is more approach. It can be more than a little annoying, and I agree with you about your newly Coined term for a star. Keep up the great writing, and Hope we have a chance to meet IRL soon:) BTW.... I love the #jobhuntchat.. Thanks so much Rich! Shennee

Shane Mac
Shane Mac

Love doing this... Twitter followers does not equal star. We are all the same. Every single one of us. I would just love to meet every person on twitter and that would be all good. Don't need anything in return but just like different people's message. We are all just noise out here so if I like your message, I let you know. If not, well then.... I just say hi. I don't care if you have 5 or 5 million people following you, I am trying to connect with you and say hi. Stowe Boyd, "I am made better by the sum of my connections and so are my connections." Thanks for writing a post about me. Starfuc*ing all the way. But I like Realfuc*ing too. Glad I met you like that. -Shane

Jason Davis
Jason Davis

I guess I didn't get the memo that these guys were "stars". They are all doing well, no doubt, but for the most part they seem like normal peeps that just happen to be particularly good (and good at timing) with social media. Brogan, in particular, tends to engage all people, regardless of followers, so I might have to disagree with you on that one in particular. But anyway, I get (and agree) with the point of your post. More annoying, to me anyway, are the people that are constantly @ and RTing CELEBRITIES and PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES.... as if Brittany Spears and you are hanging out this weekend or Paul Pierce gives a Sh*t that you went to the Celtics game.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Ashlee - Well, I don't think you are guilty of this. You are posting because you find the material great, you aren't hoping to gain attention from them! RT'ing relevant and helpful information is completely OK, and I'd hope that people would do that for me at all times! Thanks for leaving your thoughts!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hi Marsha - thanks for the comment. Good analogy! I might have to use that, if I do, I'll give you credit! Have a great weekend.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hi Dawn - Yep, Narcissism is a killer! Misuse of SM is also a killer because everyone can see it. It's a painful thing to watch...! Thanks for your comment.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hi Rachel - Thanks for your thoughts, and I do agree with your exceptions. I definitely think people should tweet their favorites at times. Let's be honest, they got there for a reason, and probably have good material, that is relevant to many people, so it makes sense. Just don't abuse it, and look greedy! Thanks for the comment!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hi Nicole - that's what I have done a long time ago, I haven't seen it as much. Yesterday just needed a little vent, as we all can use those days every now and then. You make a good point, a very good point, I'll turn on the ignore switch for now on! Thanks, great to have you and Jess on for #JobHuntChat. It's been an amazing time!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

I mean, seriously, why would he just ignore you like that. I had to look him up, I didn't know he was the dog whisperer. And I'm sorry for being misleading, remind me to write out a St*ring out expletives post soon!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Emily - Yeah, i agree with your stance. I will RT something when it's valuable, that's it. I tweeted Feriss for the first time yesterday because I liked the post about preparing for speaking. And they definitely won't be my buddies. Thanks for your comment!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Brian - That is a pretty wild story about Allison Greene! What a blow to her, "Sorry Allison, these work workers are more important to me!". Thanks for the comment and encouragement!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hi Shennee - Thanks for the comment, I'm sure we will have a chance to meet shortly! Hope to see you there at #JobHuntChat tonight!

Shane Mac
Shane Mac

I'm pretty much just giving ya shit and I do agree with you... Here is my biggest thing I always say... Have a reason to contact someone and don't just do it for the your own masturbation. How's your brother's job search going?

Jen
Jen

Ok guys, I understand why some of you use Twitter to market yourselves, etc. For business purposes this makes sense and I get it that marketing people love this. But honestly my friends and I were talking recently and we all think Twitter is stupid. I'm just sayin' I get why you might use it, but the rest of us little people don't get it and we don't want to get it. We don't want to have to post that we are taking a crap to everyone every hour of the day... well if you are doing that every hour, you might want to call a doctor, but you know what I mean. It's like you update a status on Fb, then you write a blog post, then link to it all over the freakin' cyberspace all to get traffic to your site, then you Tweet it, etc. It makes me wonder if everyone in the entire world is really that in love with him/herself. But I do agree, Tweeting with celebs, etc is stupid. Just like when I yell at the tv thinking the people behind the screen can hear me. The only reason celebs bother Tweeting is to sell themselves. They couldn't care less what joe smoe thinks about anything. Oh well, I'm finished complaining for one day. I guess I see using it if you have a real purpose, but for the most part, I think it is really dumb. Just my opinion. :)

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Jason - I would definitely put professional athletes and musicians in the list. I definitely get annoyed by that as well. See, I don't follow Brogan, so I didn't know he was conversed with folks. Good for him, but that just feeds on the Starfuckers!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Shane, I agree with you, always have a reason to contact someone. Maybe you were joking, but you seemed pretty serious in your first comment. No reason to get angry, you have a reason to contact those folks. It's the folks who do nothing, and pound them with messages. Sucking up is needed at times, it's a form of business, but too much just looks bad, and those are the people that should read this. And I agree with Steve Boyd's quote, I mean, really anyone does. It's hard to find someone in social media that will disagree with that. Life is about making connections, and that has been known for quite some time now. Brother is going to wait till the fall to pursue an internship. He's doing well, and is in good shape. Thanks for the comment.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Jen - Nice rant, i liked it! Ok, so promotion is key. If people have something to promote then perfect, if not, they need to find another way to interact. It's not about loving yourself, its about promoting your product. My product is my blog, and while it doesn't bring income, it does help me with exposure. If people don't like what I tweet, they can unfollow me. Just like if someone who talks about taking a crap every hour tweets it, I'll unfollow them. Twitter is an amazing connection tool, but I can see where you and your friends might want to just not get involved. I felt the same way, until I got the hang of the tool and met the right circle of people! Thanks for your comment, Jen!!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Yep, I think you are right, personality sure does get lost! Take care, and thanks again for the comment!

Shane Mac
Shane Mac

I was just giving you shit man. I'm really not serious all that much and I was just calling myself out. My biggest problem with all this 'stuff....' So much personality and tone gets lost in text. Rock on buddy!