Technology Turns Star-Struck Into Twitteratzi

By Grant Stinchfield
|  Tuesday, Aug 24, 2010  |  Updated 2:02 PM PDT
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Fans of the rich and famous don't have to leave their home they use technology to get up close and personal with their favorite celebrities.

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Twitter and Facebook are ways fans can talk to their favorite stars, but there are some do's and don'ts.
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Fans of the rich and famous don't have to leave their home to get up close and personal with their favorite celebrities -- they use technology.

Facebook and Twitter are no longer sites to simply follow stars. With a little creativity you can actually converse with a star. 

Ashley Stanley is a self-described Twitteratzi, "paparazzi only for Twitter," she said.  Stanley is just one of a growing number of people who make it a hobby trying to engage stars in an online conversation. 

"For the first time in history you don't have to be a fan on the red carpet, you can be at home in your pajamas talking to a celebrity," Stanley said.
The key to getting stars like Joe Jonas to respond to your comment or tweet, Stanley said, is to be engaging. 

"Know their life, know what they are interested in and make a comment relevant to what they are saying," Stanley advises.  She says being witty also helps.
You can also target stars that are Twitter and Facebook friendly. 

"It doesn't take much -- just say something cool," advises Dallas Cowboy's star Martellus Bennett.  He says he often responds to a fans comments. "I get bored a lot it gives me someone to talk to except myself," Bennett joked.
There is one pitfall.  Many stars have Facebook and Twitter pages, but that doesn't mean you'll get a comment from the the actual celebrity. 

NASCAR great Tony Stewart is a prime example.

"I'm not very active with it, but our PR department is," Stewart readily admitted. "I'm just not up on all that technology stuff."

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