Yet another update (and I’m seriously done with this story), September 5, 2011
With this update, I’m re-titling the post, from “Alton Brown’s Deleted Twitter Missive” (see below) to “Alton Brown’s Twitter Troubles.”
I’m shocked, really. He came back.
The other day, I saw a mention by @FoodNetwork that AB was back on the Twitters. Seems that he
took a beating from was encouraged by his publicist, chef friends, fans and others, enough to convince him that social media wasn’t all that evil after all.
Here’s the explanatory post from his blog on AltonBrown.com:
As some of you may remember, about a month ago I left Twitter to: sick, lowlife scumbags. Well, it turns out the sick, lowlife scumbag population on Twitter is actually rather low while the number of nice, normal (seemingly at least) folks is relatively high. This “normal majority” also seems quite adept at guessing email addresses because my various cyber boxes have been overrun ever since. I even received a note from an real live celebrity (confirmed!) sharing wit and wisdom regarding social media.
Well I’ve had enough nagging, gosh darn it. You win. My people have talked to Twitter’s people and as of today I’m back. This time though, things will be different. Although I’ll tweet as regularly as possible, I’m only going to answer questions twice a week. On Tuesday and Friday mornings, I will answer the first 10 questions I see as long as they’re suitable for public consumption. Other than that I’ll attempt to limit myself to culinary and cultural matters.
So, once more unto the Twitter breach…
But, rest assured…I’m loaded for troll.
Update August 3, 2011
I’m honestly quite tired of this story and only updating it because of the massive amount of traffic I’m getting from folks looking for an update.
Yesterday, AB got the mother of all stalker tweets from someone apparently pretending to be his wife, DeAnna. Details are sketchy (and the tweet and account were deleted before I knew about it), but it reportedly included a photo of his wife and child, Zoey.
Later in the day, his account was gone. This time, apparently, for good. And I can’t say I blame him. (Note: A few friends seem to be having conversations with him, so it’s possible that the account has simply been moved to “private.”)
Enduring the public eye is one thing, and I think his Twitter fans (myself included) have scolded him for having a little too thin skin. But messing with the family, now that I can understand.
His final few tweets scolding said stalker:
Well, if we’re not gonna see him on the innertubes, we’ll see him on the regular tubes. The two final, one-hour special episodes of Good Eats remain, the first being “Right on Q,” to air on Food Network this Saturday, 7 p.m. Central.
Update, July 20, 2011
This story is wearing me out. All this drama, and AB is back on Twitter this morning explaining himself:
So, as disappointed as I was in AB last night, I’m happy with his humble return this morning. I believe he is a person of faith and may have had a little bit of conviction over the attitude he portrayed. In any case, kudos to him and to @creativedrunk for setting him straight.
July 19, 2011
OK. I write this post knowing I’m going to look like one of those psycho-stalkers that nearly ran Alton Brown off from Twitter in the first place. I’m not.
I am a big fan, but just in a normal, culinarily-interested sort of way.
Meanwhile, I am a writer, a former marketing/PR person, and a slightly-more-astute-than-average social media user. So.
If you read my earlier post about Mr. Brown’s appearance on the Twitters, you’d know how strange it was, because he swore NEVER to show face (er, puppet?) there. Since then, he’s had several fits and fights, first with said psycho-stalkers (the blocking/unblocking wars), and later with those griping about his tweet-deletion policy.
The final straw, however, was a sole Twitter user, with nary but a handful of followers, called @GoodRetweets.
Someone started this account to retweet AB’s tweets for those of us who don’t happen to stalk his feed, so when he deleted them (at the last, every 12 hours), we could learn a little something about butter or BBQ.
Apparently, this wasn’t good tweets.
AB wrote this ranty missive on his newly-updated website, and (surprise) later deleted it. My guess is that his publicist yanked his chain pretty hard. Funny thing is, just like all those tweets, the Internet remembers. (Thanks to @aboutlittlerock and @tsudo for help in digging this up.)
(Cached from www.altonbrown.com)
A couple of months ago, I decided I’d try Twitter. I figured, what do I have to lose.
Things went okay for a while. Sure there were some “stalkers” and there were way too many questions to answer but we managed to use it to put together a fun little flash-signing in NYC and I liked posting pictures of ingredients from Kitchen Stadium.
But it didn’t last.
See, the problem was I wanted to be able to delete my “tweets” after they’d been up a suitable length of time, in my estimation…12 hours. A couple of followers griped but no big deal, it was (is) my tweet and I’ll run it as I see fit. Then, just this afternoon someone out there, either a follower or Twitter or some alien power decided to repost my tweets…all of them. Something about that really got (gets) my goat and so I have decided to withdraw into the only on-line space it seems I can actually control…here in the Notebook section of altonbrown.com. It’s nice actually, plenty of space and I can easily post photos and the like…like this:
So, if you’re interested, drop by from time to time. But don’t look for me on twitter…I’m just way too in to control.