George RR Martin Now Officially on Twitter

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In case you haven’t heard, George RR Martin is now on Twitter, as described in this CBC article. His official Twitter handle is @GRRMspeaking. I’ve seen a few media references to the account, but the CBC article is the first article I’ve found that actually confirms it.

I mention this in case you’ve been following a fake George RR Martin account (such as the widely followed impersonator, @GeorgeRRMartin).  Although Twitter should restrict the ability to create handles using famous names, it doesn’t. (I don’t want to be following a fake George RR Martin. Do you?)

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It sounds like Martin doesn’t intend to use his account very often; he suggest people check his blog instead (). CBC writes that Martin probably created the account to thwart spammers and others who impersonate him.

Although George RR Martin has only tweeted nine times, he has 158,000 followers. If you’re hoping he might follow you back, well, good luck. As devoted as he is to his fans, he is only currently following 20 people, including Game of Thrones cast members and his friends Stephen King and Neil Gaiman.

 

 

Jamie Adair is the editor of History Behind Game of Thrones, a website about the history behind George RR Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels and the hit TV show, "Game of Thrones."

2 Comments

  • Reply July 7, 2014

    Watcher on the Couch

    He has rather been forced into this has he not? Dang those impersonators. Having been a 1960s teenager (says she revealing her age yet again) I can remember the George Martin who produced some of the Beatles’ records, so there was at least one other well-known George Martin (so just as well his parents gave the writer a couple of spare initials). I suppose if one had a name like Hieronymus Fortescu-Chumley one would be less likely to have one’s name duplicated. Though I did hear of one lady who had a blog who never registered her domain name, who then felt she had to change her blog name, because when her blog started to become popular within a certain niche audience a cheeky third party registered her original name and hoped to sell it back to her. Being a sensible lady she wasn’t having that and gave her blog a fresh title.

    I have avoided Facebook and Twitter like the plague because I don’t like the idea of being “trolled” or of people knowing all my business. But as I am what I call “semi-retired” – currently more like three-quarters retired but “semi” sounds better and what work I do is mainly from home, I might be pulled kicking and screaming into the twenty-first century because much of the legitimate online work (it isn’t all scams though those abound) involves “new media”. I am at least doing a little digital transcription – has to be as the lady who sends me the work lives many miles away.

    I guess Twitter has a good point in that it forces people (like Yours Truly) who think why use one word when six will do, to be more concise in their writing. If Twitter forces GRRM to be more concise perhaps the next ASOIAF books will come out more quickly (as if).

    • Reply July 7, 2014

      Jamie Adair

      Lol. Well, I have a feeling Twitter will grow on GRRM. He is already posting photos from his signings — e.g, the latest one in Dijon — which Twitter makes really easy to do with a smart phone. I love it when people tweet photos of trips, etc. so I’m hoping he will do more of this.

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