Bryan Brinkman, the 20-something graphic designer from New York, must have shat in his pants last night when singled out of the NBC audience by late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon (the two-week-old successor of Conan O’Brien).
As you can see in the clip, Fallon sat on the dais with Diggnation technogeeks Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht when out of the blue, the former Saturday Night Live actor decided to pick Brinkman and run a “Twitter experiment” on the air.
The goal: Follow Brinkman.
It’s great that Fallon is pushing Twitter into mainstream media but can the process be any more absurd?
Where’s the value in following someone, aka subscribing to one’s stream of consciousness, just because some celebrity says so? At least provide a reason. All Fallon said was everyone should follow Brinkman because the illustrator had seven followers last night. Who’s not going to listen to Fallon, Rose, Albrecht, and Russell Brand, who have combined followers of 700,000 people?
I love one of the Videogum comments:
they mock the kid for only having 7 followers, plus they wanna get him a lot of followers for doing absolutely nothing, his twitter could be the shittiest thing ever, but it wont matter cause all these people will be following becasue jimmy fallon said so? does this not seem retarded to anyone else?
Brinkman’s unfazed. He’s psyched Videogum wrote about him. He’s thrilled his follower rate increased from seven to over 23,000 in less than 15 hours.
I suppose that’s worth something, and I congratulate him for seeing the stars. I only hope people follow Brinkman (or follow anyone else) for some intrinsic value, not because someone on TV says so.
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