You favorite beetle-crusher, A Song of Ice And Fire author George R.R. Martin, has finally joined the world of Twitter. He immediately slew about 80 characters.
Even though he used his first tweet to announce his lack of commitment to Twitter, the inspiration for HBO’s smash hit Game of Thrones somehow racked up over 3,600 retweets. You’re pretty popular on the web, there, George.
I don't tweet all that much, please check out my live journal page. 😉 #myfirstTweet
— George RR Martin (@GRRMspeaking) June 9, 2014
But seriously, don’t expect GRRM to be tweeting hints about upcoming scenes or anything. He’s probably not going to tweet very often:
— Random House (@atrandom) June 9, 2014
It is nice, however, to have an official GRRM presence on Twitter, where his novels and the subsequent TV show completely dominate discussion (especially on Sunday nights). There are already a ton of George R.R. Martin parody accounts, some of which have 30,000, 40,000, and even 70,000+ followers. Martin joined the Twittersphere just a few days before the premiere of the Game of Thrones season 4 finale.
When GRRM asks you to check out his live journal page, he’s more than serious. That page is really the only online resource he bothers to keep up. We’re talking about a guy who still writes everything on a DOS machine, using WordStar – Twitter’s probably not that big of a priority.
Really, though, do you want GRRM spending all his time on Twitter, posting #tbt tweets? No, of course not. You want him sitting behind that DOS computer, finishing this great saga that has quickly turned into an international obsession.
As it stands, GRRM only has that one tweet and only follows 17 people – mostly GoT cast members. He has, however, amassed over 84,000 followers in less than two days.
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