It’s not every day that you see a request from a verified Twitter account asking for you to follow them – especially one for a TV show. My first reaction was “Uh oh.. what did I write that pissed them off?” Sometimes when I sit down to write a tweet (or even a blog post) I’m not always prepared for the reaction I may receive, and I’ve removed more than one tweet/post over the years after more careful reflection. Tis the nature of the beast, I suppose. So I began following @SelfieABC and waited for whatever message they wanted to send me privately. It didn’t take long.
Hi Stephen! We want to use your tweet in a Selfie promo! Can you please fill out our consent form by Monday 9am PST? bit.ly/ABCForm – @SelfieABC
Here’s the tweet we’d like to use: twitter.com/smbelyea/statu…. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thanks! – @SelfieABC
Well now. That was unexpected! Curious as to what it was that I had originally tweeted that caught their eye, I clicked on the contained link.
Selfie finally aired this week. Looking forward to seeing it become a weekly show! @SelfieABC pic.twitter.com/olxdx6a4HB
Aaah… OK. I remember writing that one! And it’s true… ABC had released the Selfie series premiere online weeks before it aired on regular TV. In fact, you could actually watch the entire thing from within Twitter. Not just a link to the ABC page, but the entire show opened up right in your Twitter client and ran flawlessly. It was impressive. But then the waiting began. I wanted more. The first episode made me laugh. I’ve always loved John Cho (Harold and Kumar movies, Flash Forward, Star Trek) but until Guardians of the Galaxy, I’d never heard of Karen Gillan. I guess some fans of Dr Who would be familiar with her work, but not me. That being said, she’s funny! And super cute, too. So I’ve been waiting patiently for ABC to air the premiere, and get on with the rest of the season.
That brings me back to my tweet that was noticed.
There wasn’t much to the consent form. I was asked for my name, Twitter handle, and the text of the tweet. And of course the obligatory checkmark that indicated that I had read and understood the 14 pages of legalize that I quickly scrolled past to get to the bottom.
So I’m curious to know what they will do with my tweet. Because I don’t have cable, I’ll probably never see whatever promo they’re using it for. But just in case you’re channel surfing and see something from @smbelyea on Twitter… yeah, that’s me!
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