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Twitter etiquette

When Teddy Kennedy died back in August 2009, I was surprised to learn the news via Twitter instead of more traditional news sources.

Today, Twitter breaks most big stories.

bob simonFor instance, legendary CBS News reporter and 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon was killed yesterday in an automobile accident in my neighborhood, yet I still heard about it on Twitter.

Then celebrities from all walks of life began making their statements of sympathy.

On Twitter.

Yet another development many a publicist and PR maven probably didn’t see coming down the information superhighway.

All those carefully worded press releases and statements of sympathy and support that once earned them an extra billable hour or six?  Gone.  Because now their clients can take to Twitter and, in 140 typo- and emoji-filled characters, sum up their feelings about the dearly departed.

And start a Twitter sh#t storm at the same time.

Brave face

I should have gone to bed early last night. I mean, I had to get up at 4:45am to make my flight to Orlando.

But once Twitter exploded with the news that Craig Ferguson announced his retirement while taping last night’s Late Late Show, I had to stay up and watch.

To mix metaphors, misery loves rubbing salt in the wound.

craig good-bye

I love Craig Ferguson on Late Late Show.  Who else could even conceive a robot skeleton, dancing horse, and invisible band…and turn them into such irreverent, hilarious TV night after night? Craig’s segments are improvised and spontaneous —  and probably every publicist’s nightmare — and that’s why they are so much fun to watch.

I was truly heartbroken at the news.

Then I watched the show. Craig seemed lighter and happier once he has made the announcement. I think keeping the news to himself all these weeks has been wearing. And a future full of new possibilities has him all excited.

I understand that lust for change. So I can be supportive as he chooses this new path.

But I won’t lie and say it doesn’t hurt.

 

 

&:/

For hire

Dear Robert Pattinson:

Please hire me as your publicist.

Now, I know what you’re thinking.  Being no doubt a faithful reader of The Sticky Egg — and why wouldn’t you?  I’ve mentioned you a whopping 12 times during the blog’s two-year existence — you might deem my motives less than honorable.

True, my mind does go a bit blank when I see photos of you.  And I will cop to letting a scream or two fly at midnight premieres of the Twilight films.

(All the other kids were doing it.)

No, this plea to join your entourage is motivated by a sincere wish to improve your public speaking skills.  It is purely professional.  Any personal enjoyment I might glean during the coaching process is simply collateral damage.

Don’t get me wrong — your sense of humor and lack of ‘slickness’ is charming in one-on-one interviews.  But in acceptance speeches and during the MTV Movie Awards’ salute to Reece Witherspoon last night, for example, just a bit of preparation and polish would have made a world of difference in that larger venue.

Your ideas are fun; they just need a little more work.  Reece showed that when she stepped on stage and made them better.

Let Chelsea Handler’s shocked reaction be your guide…and let me be your coach.

I promise to keep our interaction age appropriate.