Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Musicians using Twitter

When I'm not going to shows and drinking too much, I have an actual day job working at Institute for the Future. Part of my job is to track social media use, and since I'm obsessed with music, I try to leverage that in my work as much as possible.

Today I came across this Google spreadsheet of artists using Twitter. As with many major artist MySpace pages or blogs, the "big" ones are more likely label interns—or impostors with entirely too much time on their hands—than actual artists, but there's a good chance that a bunch of the smaller acts are actually speaking tweeting for themselves.

I've carefully combed the list and here are a few favorites...
Chris Cornell, formerly the lead singer of Soundgarden. Guessing it's fake but if it really is him... wow. Good to know he eats shrimp?

Mike Doughty, formerly of Soul Coughing. Pretty sure Mike is the man behind the tweets.

Sonic Youth. Not sure what's going on here. Thurston, is that really you?

MC Hammer which, since he owns a tech company here in Silicon Valley, may very well be the one and only Hammer. Or maybe his iconic baggy pants are doing the tweeting. Either way, I'm genuinely disappointed that his username isn't Hammer Time.

SFJukebox doesn't have it's own Twitter account but I do. I assure you it's not really that interesting—certainly not as interesting as Hammer—but feel free to follow if you are inclined to do so.

No comments: