So, how are things? Anything new in your life? I haven’t heard from you since . . . well, ever. I email. Nothing. I contact Gail. Nothing. I send you Greek pastries. Nothing. I Tweet to @Oprah. Nothing.
But listen, I don’t want to keep you too long. You’re busy. Just one thing I wanted to discuss with you and that’s this business of you on Twitter.
Since word first leaked about @Oprah, the MOO’s immediately started following you (MOO = Minions of Oprah). As I began writing this post, your number sat at 485, 635 followers. I’ll be giving an updated followers count at the end.
Incidentally, I am follower 45,333. Just to make sure, I went to your followers list and began counting. Sure enough, there’s @CGProgram at No. 45,333.
And are you still sending the free issue of your new magazine, Oprah Tweets, to the first 50,000 followers? I’ve never been a part of Oprah’s Favorite Things, but getting this mag is darn close. I’ve forwarded my address just in case it was misplaced.
But Twitter… Oprah, I think we both know the effect you’ve had on the Twitter Universe. In a word, staggering. Let’s check our O-Scorecard, shall we:
- When you speak, people listen.
- When you recommend, people buy.
- When you Tweet, people pass out.
The Oprah Effect has become part of Americana. Hot dogs, apple pie and Oprah. We love all three. OK, that’s excessive. Some people don’t much care for hot dogs. Others don’t like apple pie (which is absurd). But everyone likes Oprah.
So I’d like to propose something to you. And please, take your time considering it. No rush to a decision . . .
I’d like you to recommend Blog Harbor.
Disneyland is The Happiest Place on Earth, Blog Harbor is a joyous little blog fit for Oprah.
I think you’d agree, it’s time. I know you’ve considered it before – people talk – but didn’t believe the timing was quite right. And I get that. For goodness sake between your show, your magazine, Stedman, Dr. Oz, Gail — Blog Harbor can get lost.
I’ve heard people suggest Blog Harbor’s growing multimedia empire is practically at the level of yours . . . . . . maybe it’s not “people,” maybe it’s my five-year-old daughter and my friend from Norway, Magnus. Magnus has assured me Blog Harbor is huge in Lillehammer.
And let me be clear about something: I don’t expect you to recommend Blog Harbor without something from me in return. That’s not how I roll. I’m prepared to offer a variety of things in return. Among them:
- Coming to your home and making Bananas Foster for you and whomever you invite as guests.
- Bringing both of my young daughters over to exercise your dog.
- Doing an episode of Gabriel Theatre on the Air titled, Waiting for Oprah.
Finally, from the time I began this post to now – just under 20 minutes – your followers on Twitter have grown from 485,635 to 487,561. That’s approximately 96 new followers-per-minute.
About the Author: Christopher Gabriel is the host of the cleverly named Christopher Gabriel Program on AM 970 WDAY in Fargo, North Dakota. You can hear him weekdays from 9 to Noon. As a writer and humorist, his work has been been published online by the Chicago Sun-Times, Reuters and publications within the Sun-Times News Group.