Yes, yes, I know. You don't understand Twitter. You already spend enough time on the message boards here or on Facebook or both or whatever. Maybe you just don't care about Twitter. Hey, brother, we reach. I was the same way.
But you know what? A couple days back we found out from David Arnold that a 2 cd set of Independence Day is coming from LaLaLand. And today I got to see some of John Debney's music from Iron Man 2. Yes, I did mean "see." Debney posted a photo of a work in progress called House Fight, alt. version. It's an interesting look at the world of creating music these days.
You can see this and other shots from Debney here.
But it's more than news tidbits and "look what I'm scoring today." David Arnold answers questions and posts lots of, well, goofy stuff. And, yes, there are plenty of celebrities out there who post on Twitter and I don't follow very many of them. The ones I do follow, typically, are ones who see that Twitter is about conversation.
Some of my favorite Twitter accounts come from such folks as composer Hans Karl and film music writer Jim Lochner. Thanks to Twitter, I feel like these two are my friends. Yes, it's similar to the relationships built here on the message boards, but with a weird immediacy that I don't get when I post here. There are other film score folks on Twitter, and places like INtrada and Kritzerland have token presences that they use only to announce new releases which, frankly, is not the point of Twitter. It's about building a social network, about connecting with customers, about immediacy and feedback and, I'll say it again, relationship. It's not something you can understand by just posting self-serving links and not engaging. You have to jump into the pool, spend time reading and interacting, before you can understand the power of Twitter.
I've had great success doing things like getting my cable TV bill lowered by casually mentioning on Twitter problems I'm having with my provider. Companies like that - Charter - are using Twitter to monitor conversations about themselves, and when it's prudent, joining in those conversations. Marketing people, especially, can really benefit from Twitter.
I love it for the community. I've come across many writers across the country - and across the world - with whom I now chat via Twitter. And there's a film score community of sorts which I bet we could build up even more.
I'm on Twitter. Follow me if you'd like.
A few more film score folks you might be interested in following: Doug Adams, Jorn Tillnes, Jimmy J. Aquino.
And if you're on Twitter let me know. Add your name and twitter handle in the comments. Let's see where this can go...