There’s no getting away from it – Twitter has changed the way we communicate as surely as Gutenberg did when he first unveiled the printing press and dashed off a few typeset poems. Twitter’s concise, fast and efficient, allowing the instant global publication of news, gossip and opinion in a way unimaginable even a mere decade ago. But Twitter, like peer-to-peer file-sharing, is forcing people to reassess the old ways of doing things.
The BBC is reportedly in a tizz about stars ruining PR campaigns with their incessant tweeting, citing Sophie Ellis-Bextor blowing the cover off Sting’s appearance in Ricky Gervais’s new TV series as an example of a tweet too far. And Sophie’s not alone: Stephen Mangan, Armando Iannucci and, for ITV, the cast of Coronation Street, are all accused of leaking top-secret TV titbits via the social networking service.
The corporation is apparently planning on putting a ban in place that would bar talent from tweeting about their professional dealings with Auntie. So before the Beeb sets an industry-wide precedent with any forthcoming internal legislation that forces stars to think twice before reaching for their smartphones, why not see what this bunch of British TV types are up to, and what sort of thing you can expect of them in their tweets.
Twitter specialism: Anything and everything. From what he’s doing to technical advice, all nicely punctuated and full of polysyllabic wordy-words, as one would expect from the host of QI.
Twitter specialism: Running conversations with his followers, punctuated with wit and funny photos.
Twitter specialism: Feuds, feuds, feuds. Kirsty Allsopp and Piers Morgan are just two notable figures to have endured Suralan’s wrath. Also apparent throughout Wimbledon that he’s an almost pedantically passionate fan of tennis.
Twitter specialism: Plugs and opinion. If you like his newspaper columns you’ll enjoy his feed as it’s very similar in tone (which at least proves it’s not ghostwritten – unless the ghost does his Tweeting for him too).
Twitter specialism: All things musical. And I really do mean ALL things, not just trendy festivals and the like: “Morrisons is playing Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car”. Literally *the* most depressing & least appropriate shopping stk ever.”
Twitter specialism: Miscellany. Like an online version of the Victorian mag Notes and Queries, Linehan’s feed is a font of intriguing information, funny titbits and appeals to followers to pool their knowledge.
specialism: The busiest shooting schedule on Twitter. It’s a wonder
Julia’s got time to tweet at all judging by her updates which see her
blasting all over the world. A great feed to subscribe to if you’re
feeling overworked and want some perspective.
Twitter specialism: Pithy observations. Example: “You can tell a lot about someone btw they use abbreviations.”
Twitter specialism: Campaigns and competitions. Ms Beeny’s got a lovely set of principles.
Twitter specialism: Chumminess. Phil’s regular blend of gentle anecdotes and opinions bear out his all-round thoroughly-nice-chap TV persona.
specialism: Badgers and so on. The Springwatch presenter’s feed is the
perfect refuge for the armchair wild-life love to live vicariously.
Twitter specialism: Learned debate. I’d never seen “wishy-washy semantics” deplored on Twitter before chancing by the keyboard-playing scientist’s feed.
Twitter specialism: Jokes aplenty. And some suitably acerbic opinion, too. A man who’s mastered the art of doing stand-up in 140-character bursts.
Twitter specialism: Overuse of the phrases Twittering Twats/twatters/ad infinitum.
specialism:Near-perfect grammar and celebrity anecdotes. Myleene
clearly enjoys quite the exciting, fast-paced life and documents it
withaccuracy that would impress a sub editor. It’s almost ironic that
her surname’s a misspelling.
Twitter specialism: Strident opinion. The C4 news anchor is far from shy about sharing his views about the news he has to report impartially on air.
Twitter specialism: Highbrow fun, like the following: “In Glasgow to be boffed as an Honorary Doctor of Letters. From today, all my tweets will be in Latin.”
specialism: Exclamations and kisses. Honestly, a feed boasting so many
‘x’s that Long John Silver wouldn’t know where to start…
Twitter specialism: Dashed romanticism. To complement his poet’s barnet, some of his tweets read like Coleridge at sundown: “Sitting outside in the glorious sunshine watching yachts glide past. Perfect. But one day I will be dead.”
Twitter specialism: Being Charlie Brooker. I imagine his feed’s a more or less fairly accurate stream of hilariously invective-laden consciousness…
Twitter specialism: Educated hilarity eg: ‘A man just texted me to tell me he’s waiting in a car outside. He sent a message to space and back. I have a doorbell.’
*all Twitter stats correct as of publication date