You may have thought this day would never come. After countless denials at conventions all around the world and one very special YouTube video backing up the claims, it seems peer pressure-- or simple curiosity-- has gotten to one Mr. Jared Padalecki. Today, June 4th 2011, in Nashville TN (or Nash-Vegas, as he has taken to calling it), Padalecki has joined Twitter. And it is a day that will live on in infamy!
Follow Padalecki here-- but only if you're going to show him some love!
Padalecki is a prankster and an instigator on set at times, so I can only hope he brings his usual goofball sense of humor to the written word, all 140 characters of them, and perhaps a few candid TwitPics of his unsuspecting co-stars on set. But of course I hope this means he will convince his cohort in crime(solving) to join, as well.
Now that Padalecki has bitten the bullet, though, I had to stop and think about what other awesome celebrities I'd love to hear from on a daily-- or even weekly; I'm not picky, and I know they have very busy lives!-- basis. Of course Jensen Ackles was a no-brainer, but he may prove to be just too private for that (and honestly, I respect that decision). But try these (non-SPN) on for size, too:
Courteney Cox (Cougar Town) - First of all, I still have this sick desire to see all of my favorite childhood couples interact with each other and Twitter is the easiest place for that. Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tiffani Thiessen have already indulged (without me even having to ask!), so now Chandler and Monica are the next goal. But first Monica aka Cox has to join the site. I just think, with all the hilarity that ensues from Cougar Town's Vulture videos, press line interviews, and current back and forth on Twitter, she would add a whole new level. And I think she would make even more people sit up and pay attention. Bill Lawrence has been using Twitter for research on changing the show's title, but if she was out there, doing a little grassroots promo, too, he probably wouldn't have to spend so much time sweating the small stuff.
Tina Fey (30 Rock) - Twitter is the perfect testing ground for funny new lines for a sitcom or her next book. Even out of context (that's the Tracy Jordan way, isn't it?). She's funny; she's smart; she's talented; she's a role model; and I wish I could point young up-and-comers in this industry somewhere where they can hear from her. It seems there is a multitude of people on Twitter who spout off their mouths like they are authorities when they are not, and so many just blindly follow (ahem) and take their word as gospel. It's unfortunate because those who actually have things to say sometimes get buried in the noise. Or in this case, don't utilize a platform that would benefit a lot of people, not just themselves.
Brad Pitt / Angelina Jolie (um, movie stars, hello?) - I know neither of them need the promotion, and I know neither of them needs the attention, but I would love to hear what THEY have to say. Even if they never once interacted with their fans or ReTweeted anything, I would be happy just to hear about the charity work they are doing or what Maddox and Pax and Shiloh and all the others whose names I can't remember right now had for breakfast. They are just too adorable for words!
Kristoffer Polaha (Ringer) - Back when he was starring on The CW in Life Unexpected I asked him in just about every interview I conducted with him, and a couple more times on his Facebook wall, when he'd suck it up and join that other social networking site. I tried to point out its use for promotion and the fun of live-Tweeting episodes (when time permits) with fans to get in on the discussion. Though he took part in the latter from a cast created account toward the end of the series, still no personal account. I can understand why: three young children and a brand new show are time-consuming enough. But I still volunteer my services to help him run the site, should he decide to try it out but need a little tutorial. After all, he has done a lot of good on Facebook alone, especially recently, helping his brother-in-law get backing for his next novel; just think of what he could do with Twitter!