Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Conversations with a TV Character

I was lost in the interwebs today, which I often am, and stumbled upon this twitter account, @drlisacuddy. Name: Lisa Cuddy, MD. Location: Princeton, NJ.

"Wow," I thought. I haven't seen a doctor look like this much of a cover girl in... well, ever. "Something's not right about her twitter background though," I thought. It must have been the way she sat in that modern white thatched chair with her ankle twisted just right, aligning her high-heeled shoe with the floor with that hooker kind of pose. Or perhaps it was that casual half-smile with those "Hey, big fella" cougar eyes. Or, it could have been that low-cut top combined with the pencil skirt that stopped above the knee. After putting it all together, it was clear to me that this person was a fake.

But her username has "dr" in it, she has MD in her name, and she's in Princeton. Seems possible... but that background... oh that background!

Well, I should have read her complete twitter Bio first, especially that last part:
Dean of Medicine at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital. Mother to Rachel. (Character property of FOX and David Shore etc).

Turns out, this girl's from a TV show on FOX called House. I was unwittingly duped.

See, I don't watch much TV. Hell, I don't even own one. But this goes to show how mainstream twitter has become and versatile the communication platform really is.
For some people, twitter's all about "whatchya doin?" while for others, it's all about promoting their new book. Others use it for news delivery. And yet, here we have a fictional character with her own REAL twitter account, making the show she's a part of more immersive.

In other words, people are having conversations with TV characters. Like... what? Mind = blown.

So, I tweeted about it:

And then, about an hour and a half later, I got an unexpected response from "her":

Crazy, right? But interesting. I don't watch the show, but if I did, I'd probably follow the characters if I was really into it. Why not? It's almost like you're a part of the crew who has the inside track on what's going through a character's mind--what's going to happen next. What an immersive experience that could be, if done right.

So, kudos to the FOX team for using Twitter in a creative way.

I tagged this post as [human interactions], but now I'm not so sure. ;)