Protocol for Interacting with a Celebrity on Social Media

They are not your dad (or mom), they do not need you to reply “i love you” to every tweet, and they most certainly do not want proposals of marriage. 

Celebrities use their social platforms to interact with fans and generally, there is an unspoken social contract involving a lot of respect- BUT, there’s a right way and a wrong way to interact. Lately, I’ve seen a lot of people abusing this contract. 

The first thing to keep in mind, is that celebrities do not have to use social media. They’re busy; they have personal lives and jobs just like you. 

Not all celebrities do use social media, often times leaving the posts up to their teams. It is becoming more common for them to take the metaphorical driver’s seat, however. 

Here are a few general guidelines of what to do when interacting with a celebrity online:

1. DO be polite! If you start tweeting obscene things to get attention, that’s a one-way ticket to block-ville. This person will either block you or ignore you. Either way, why bother? You’re commenting to get a response, right? Being polite increases your chances!

2. DO be humorous! Celebrities interacting with people in a funny context is popular right now. Just make sure your joke isnt offensive or inappropriate. 

3. DO use restraint! Celebrities get thousands of notifications every single day. Tweeting or commenting fifty times won’t get you noticed, and it will most likely annoy them. Wouldn’t it annoy you?

4. DO NOT be sexually inappropriate. Lin-Manuel Miranda is not your “dad” and JLo is not your “mom”. If you want to call your significant other daddy or mommy, you do you, but don’t force that kind of interaction on someone you don’t know. 

In the end, I’m not your mama, but please remember that these celebrities – the people you admire – are people first.

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