This week’s WSJ Friday Journal section features an Oscar-themed front page piece:
I’d Like to Thank My Twitter Followers
With a slate of small, arty movie nominees and an old-school host who is more reliable than buzzy, this year’s Academy Awards broadcast may not set any television ratings records. But it’s poised for a shot at another title: It could be the biggest night yet for social media.
The awards show is working hard to pump up its social-media clout as it tries to leverage a growing phenomenon: More and more viewers are supplementing the experience of merely watching their favorite TV shows by joining in simultaneous running commentaries on Twitter and Facebook.
A companion piece carries this headline:
From Comics to Chefs: Top Celebrity Tweeters
Okay: Shaq, Taylor Swift, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin – sure.
But not a single Tweeterific journalist?
No Anderson Cooper (2,179,788 followers) or Rachel Maddow (2,045,196) or David Pogue (1,414,688)?
C’mon, WSJ editors.
Journalists are celebrities too.