I’m like most people who use Twitter – I have a love hate relationship with it. My divide falls along the lines of loving how easy it makes spouting bollocks and I hate how addictive it can get.
The other thing I hate is how often it seems to not be working, how for what seemed like several generations of time, it wouldn’t let me check responses or look at older posts.
I hate the stupid whale.
But there is more to love – especially now I’ve discovered Ping.fm that automatically lets me post the same comment to Pounce, Jaiku, Twitter, Facebook and others.
What I also love is that more people are suddenly discovering Twitter – people both famous and funny, not famous and funny and just plain dull but worthy.
The latest discovery – I say discovery but that’s only because I’ve just found him – is Robert Llewellyn – his posts have been pretty much about the mundanity of his life so far.
It’s not just his life though – it’s HIS LIFE – it’s about the projects he is currently working on and gives you an insight into the behind the scenes of a British geek icon.
This guy played a robot in the greatest sci-fi comedy in televisual history.
It’s KRYTEN and he’s on Twitter – how cool is that. It’s so tough to contain my childhood fanboyness – I was in the fan club, I obsessed over this series as a teenager – it was a big part of my teen years.
Fortunately I don’t obsess like that any more – ok so I might have every book by each of the three Top Gear presenters, I might have print outs of all their columns, I might have every Top Gear DVD released, I might have every Clarkson, Hammond and May DVD (TG related or not) and I might have it all organised alphabetically – but thats just a normal geek obsession.
I have a similar one, although not as extreme for Doctor Who – the toys are for my children – honest!
Robert Llewellyn has always been a cutting edge British celeb – he was at the forefront of online video before it became fashionable, he had a website and posted content before blogs and podcasts were an essential part of modern broadcast.
So it makes sense he is on Twitter. The question is who will be the next celebrity British geek to take the plunge – I’m thinking it will be Dave Gorman or Danny Wallace and would be first in line to follow Stephen Fry or Ricky Gervais.
In fact if Fry or Gervais ever sign up you could probably say goodbye to Twitter but it would be worth it for the five posts they’d get out before it dropped dead.
Now Robert only had 76 followers at the time of posting – he deserves more – he’s a legend. So go follow him at twitter.com/bobbyllew.
Oh and it looks like he’s a Twit fan – he follows both Twit Live and Leo Laporte so if by some small miracle Leo ever reads this – get Robert on the show as he would be amazing.