Of all the brilliant minds on Twitter, my favorite is Larry King. And it’s not even close.
His off-the-cuff comments on life are always entertaining and not unlike the musings of a stoned freshman hanging out in a dorm room with his buddies.
The broadcasting legend has lived a life and a half and is an American treasure.
So it is from a place of love, not judgement, that we feel compelled to mention his Twitter operation is flat-out ridiculous.
“I Twitter everyday,” he says in his hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, where he was staying in advance of a Wednesday night appearance at the Newseum.
When Larry King wants to tweet, he doesn’t log onto the Internet. He pops open the flip phone stored in the shirt pocket between his suspender straps and calls the number for a voicemail set up specifically for this purpose. Then he dictates a thought that will be picked up by an assistant and transcribed onto his @KingsThings Twitter account. And nearly 2.6 million followers are there to receive it.
Yup. That’s the system King and his people have worked out.
Absolutely no other way it could be done, so don’t even think of improving it.
The knowledge that his tweets have to go through this Mousetrap-like journey before I read them gives me an even greater appreciation for the finished product.
Plus, I suppose the guy has earned the right to do whatever he wants. Could probably go pantsless in public and people would let it slide.
The lesson: it’s awesome to be old and rich and eccentric. Looking forward to enjoying two out of the three.
[H/T: Washington Post]