One of the big stories on the Internet right now is the fact that Miley Cyrus has quit using Twitter because of her though that everything that she types becomes fodder for the tabloids, and that she is living more for her Twitter fans, than for herself. As a political advisor, I can state that this is a huge public relations nightmare for Twitter.
Many of the users on Twitter follow their favorite celebrities accounts to have a sense of feeling closer to those that they admire. Never before has their been a site in which you can follow every step of a person’s day like you can on Twitter.
By stating that her posts are becoming fodder for the tabloids, Miley Cyrus is pointing out that the tabloids are following these Twitter accounts as closely (if not closer) than the fans. This places a stigma on Twitter as it tries to be a Internet site where people can go to commune with each other, and get away from the stresses of everyday life.
It should be pointed out that one of the biggest stresses of everyday life for celebrities, especially one with the social status of Miley Cyrus, is the tabloids. If other celebrities begin to follow suit and question their Twitter accounts because of the tabloids, Twitter enters into a nightmare.
If there is a dip in celebrities on Twitter, Twitter looses one of their big selling points for new accounts, and existing accounts. Twitter would no longer be a place to go to commune with the admired, just one to commune with those that are on your same socio-economic level.
Another point of Miley Cyrus’s statement is something else that gives Twitter a black mark on the mental records of many people that Tweet. By stating that she (Miley Cyrus) is living more for her readers than herself, she is showing the signs of a type and form or Internet addiction. By changing your life to make others in your online social network happy is recognized as a sign of Internet addiction.
MySpace hell a stigma for a long time as being a site that could become very addictive. We can all remember parents who were worried about their kids becoming part of a site that could become addictive. By making this kind of statement against Twitter, Miley Cyrus (whose fans are mostly children) gives a warning about getting involved with Twitter. Few celebrities could have done as much potential damage for the younger Twitter population.
It will be interesting to see how Twitter handles the fact that Miley Cyrus has quit using her account. Chances are good, though, that they are hoping that parents and users to not pay attention to the deeper meanings of her quitting Twitter.