Gus Kenworthy, James Franklin, and the Twitter World

by billy walsh

The use of twitter has increased the ability for people to get to know their favorite celebrities. People can follow whoever they want and can favorite and retweet whatever their favorite celebrity has to say.

For my Celebrity Research blog, I chose to follow Gus Kenworthy and James Franklin.  Gus Kenworthy, an Olympic silver medalist in men’s ski slopestyle, is a professional freeskier from Telluride, Colorado.  James Franklin is an American football coach from Langhorne, Pennsylvania who currently coaches at Penn State.

Gus Kenworthy is one of the biggest names in the ski industry.  One of the most vocal progressivists in the sport, Kenworthy has been featured on all types of media.  Gus’s popularity rose after the Olympics, not only because of his medal, but because of his publicized adoption of several puppies living outside the athlete village in Sochi.

James Franklin is the head football coach at one of the most prominent football programs in the country.  Franklin, a native to Pennsylvania, dreamed of playing football for Penn State, but never had the talent.  Now, as the head coach of the school he loves, Franklin called his job a “destination job,” meaning Franklin has no motive to leave for any openings at another college or the NFL.

Both Kenworthy and Franklin are frequent users of twitter.  Kenworthy provides updates about competitions and how he thought he preformed.  Gus also will tweet ski videos or other links of stuff he finds to be cool.  He also provides his fans with tweets talking about what he is doing, and, sometimes, he will post pictures of his Sochi pups.  His account is very personable and not filled useless information.  James Franklin tweets multiple posts each day.  His account is opporated more professionally and is full of upcoming events and thank you/congratulation tweets.  Franklin, however, retweets posts from his assistant coaches who generally provide updates on what players had a great practice.

Twitter has made communication with celebrities very simple, so I asked a couple of my friends on who they like to follow on Twitter and why their selection.

I first asked my friend Peter about who he enjoys to follow on Twitter. He responded with Adam Schefter. Schefter is an ESPN NFL correspondent. Peter finds Adam Schefter’s tweets helpful in updating him about what is going on around the NFL. Peter enjoys frequently checking his phone for tweets from Schefter.

Next, I asked another friend named Cate. Cate is most connect the Not Johnny Manziel twitter account. Although a parody account, Cate finds the account funny and is entertained daily. This account, though not operated by Johnny Manziel, allows people to enter inside the mind of a fictionalized version of the player.

My next participant was my friend Brendan. Brendan is an admirer of Mariah Carey and she is his favorite celebrity to follow on twitter. He enjoys her daily updates on her life and upcoming events.

And then was Danny. Danny is a huge sports fan and enjoys to follow his favorite soccer player Mario Barotelli. Danny enjoys reading about updates about Barotelli’s performance and how Liverpool, Barotelli’s soccer club, is doing.

Everyone uses twitter differently, but there is common ground with people following celebrities for news, gossip, and other updates. Twitter is a great app that allows people inside access to their favorite celebrities that they never had before.

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