Why Kanye West and Twitter Are Meant To Be
|via Kanye West's Twitter|
Kanye West was late to join the social media party, but he was caught up to speed immediately upon stepping into Twitter headquarters here in San Francisco earlier this week. At one point, he was gaining 80 followers a second. Where did we learn this? Kanye's Twitter, of course. Now he has 300,000-plus followers eating up his puffery, narcissism and asininity in tweet-sized bites. Not bad, considering that he's following -- oh, rounded to the nearest even number -- no one.
Just as we readied to expound on how a better match could not be found than in Kanye and Twitter, he tweeted the same conclusion:
I think Twitter was designed specifically with me in mind just my humble opinion hahhhahaaaahaaa
Yes, it would seem that way. (Obligatory hahahahaha.)
Sure, his error-laden tweets and total disregard for the English language might bring his intelligence into serious question. Does it matter? No. With Twitter, Kanye can't lose. Part of Kanye's appeal is the "what next" factor. The indisputable fact that it's actually Kanye and not some PR flack writing these tweets makes him the one to follow. The man has absolutely no sense of self-censorship. If he's not accusing George Bush of not caring about black people at the Hurricane Katrina fundraiser telethon next to a very uncomfortable Mike Myers, he's upstaging innocent little lamb Taylor Swift at the VMAs to pronounce Beyonce's video as "the best video of all time." Even our nation's president, Barack Obama, had to chip in on the public relations train wreck that keeps chugging, calling Kanye a "jackass" after the Taylor Swift debacle.
That's why Kanye and Twitter are soul mates united at long last. He can talk about himself all day, every day, without a moment of pause before hitting "tweet." His fans and foes need not wait for the next major public appearance to pounce on him for the latest idiotic remark. A mere "@kanyewest" will do the trick.
No, Kanye didn't need a Twitter account to retain his fame, which is perhaps why he held out for so long, but you can bet his celebrity will grow as more people clue in to how hilarious even the tiniest sliver of a window into his mind can be. So far, Kanye has showed us all sides of himself in 140-character snippets: Kanye the man, the interior designer, the poet, the business adviser, the spiritual leader, and the horndog.
His very first post:
Up early in the morning taking meetings in Silicone Valley
An hour later, an unapologetic retraction:
Lol I spelled Silicon wrong ( I guess I was still thinking about the other type of silicone ITS A PROCESS!! : )He passes on a dictum or two to his loyal followers:
My past arrogance has caused the failure of my past businesses .... be humble in your decision making
Life is awesome
And gives us glimpses into the trials and tribulations of being Kanye:
Dating models I had to learn to like small dogs and cigarettes
Don't you hate when girls send you a picture of ... anything other themselves!!!
I specifically ordered persian rugs with cherub imagery!!! What do I have to do to get a simple persian rug with cherub imagery uuuuugh
See? Not even Kanye always gets what he wants. But maybe Twitter can help. ITS A PROCESS!! :)
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