I think part of the disintermediation of communication means that it becomes much easier to catch the eye and ear of an individual. Whether they be the CEO of an Australian company, Malcolm Turnbull on Twitter or a celebrity like Stephen Fry, on services like Twitter you can find a way to engage with them.
Fry is the global heavyweight of Twitter, with 200,000 active followers – more than any other, including US president Barack Obama.
He has blacked out his Twitter photo avatar and changed his biography to read:
The population of New Zealand is 4 million 300,000. Stephen Fry has over 200,000 followers. These people build up small kingdoms on social networks. King Stephen Fry. Heh. There’s a reason we call them influencers.
New Zealand were smart -they got a famous voice to speak up about censorship on the ‘net. Forced removal of your profiles and content before it’s even gone to court (sound familiar?). We should do the same with Oz. And not just Mark Pesce – but a whole tribe of celebs. It’s one way to get Press, even if Stephen Conroy himself remains unimpressed. (an alliterative pun – press/impressed – geddit? geddit?)
Oh, that reminds me. Does anyone have access to Warren Buffet? I read his “Snowball” book and just have one teeny question to ask him. But he’s not on Twitter. I know he plays in a Bridge online community – anyone run into him lately? Thanks.
People know People. Peer to Peer. Disintermediation of Fame. I guess.