Twitter is a very famous platform for celebrities and for those fans who want to feel closer to the people they admire. It is almost a game to find true celebrity accounts on Facebook and it is an even bigger game to get these celebrities to follow you, which is something that most people never achieve. Of course, this also means that more and more celebrities are trying to join Twitter, because the game is on for them as well.
One of the latest celebrities to have joined the social media network is big, yellow and incredibly popular. It is Big Bird, the friendly, funny, happy bird of Sesame Street. It was clear that his feathers and wings got in the way of entering a truly meaningful tweet the first time.
However, he seemed to have quickly gotten the hang of it. It took him just a few minutes to place a second tweet.
Oh! Now I get it. Big Bird here, live on Twitter!
It took no time at all for the feathered yellow friend to find 7,000 followers. This despite only placing five Tweets since the account was created a few days ago. The account itself, however, has existed for nearly three years and this led some people to speculate it may not be genuine. However, a spokeswoman for Sesame Street quickly contacted CNN to confirm its authenticity.
Big Bird very rapidly started following one of his own friends, most notably the Cookie Monster, who has been using Twitter for some time now. Cookie Monster was online at the time and was sending tweets about his visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Big Bird’s next tweet was a request for the Cookie Monster to take photographs of bird art and share these with the world.
Big Bird, however, is not completely new to Twitter. In 2012, Mitt Romney was in a televised political debate with President Obama. In it, he threatened that if he was elected, he would stop funding that which is currently offered to public broadcasting. Despite admitting that he loves Big Bird. The world picked up on this, suggesting that Mitt Romney actually wanted to kill Big Bird.
“I like PBS. I love Big Bird. Actually, I like you, too,” Romney said to debate moderator Jim Lehrer, the host of PBS’s “NewsHour.” “But I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.”
As a result of this statement, the internet went into overdrive. Romney, who clearly states that he loves Big Bird, was being accused of wanting to kill him. As a result, various parody and spoof social media accounts were set up, with @BigBirdRomney being by far the most popular one.
SPOILER ALERT – The big question now is whether Caroll Spinney, who is the actual person who plays Big Bird, is also responsible for the Twitter account. He has been Big Bird for more than 4,000 Sesame Street episodes and started his role when the show was first created all the way back in 1969. For his work, he received two Gold Records, four Emmys and two Grammy Awards. It’s not clear what is harder to comprehend, particularly for children: the idea that Big Bird is actually an 81 year old person, or that someone of that age is able to use Twitter.
The magic of Sesame Street is well and truly alive. As of today, Big Bird has over 19,000 followers. He is only following his fellow Sesame Street buddies and has still only placed five Tweets. The world awaits his next Twitter gem.