by Brandy D. Anderson
Google + is one of the fastest growing social media networks that most people don’t seem to talk about. Even I hadn’t checked out Google + until earlier this year. If you’re not connected with the Plus system yet, you really should be. It’s a fun and easy place to share photos, links, and discussions, and more and more people are tuning in here, including celebrities. In no particular order, here are the top 6 Google + celebrity accounts that you may not know about:
6. Jeri Ryan
Tagline: “I’m lucky enough to pretend to be other people & actually get paid for it.”
This Star Trek: Voyager numbered alumi maintains a super positive, upbeat Google + page full of cute Comic Con plugs, funny reposts, and painfully bad pun memes. She also seems to have a big heart, as seen by her remembrance photo of her dog, Darla Bear, and her poignantly sweet plea for financial help for her terminally ill friend. Her page is very personal and even features her own wedding pictures in honour of her seven year anniversary. Ryan also posts a lot of interesting and eclectic links to news stories, including science and anthropological pieces, and perhaps most importantly, she posted a video educating the world on “High Five Etiquette”. All in all, this is one of the most fun and laid back Google + pages I’ve ever seen.
Tagline: (None, although it’d be neat if it was ‘Beam me up, Scottie’!)
You just never know what to expect from William Shatner, other than schmaltz. This guy is always amusing and he constantly gets involved with interesting projects; his latest scavenger hunt shenanigans are no exception. He’s trying to get his followers involved in the – fun? – by posting recruiting requests to people around the world. For instance, a few days ago he was looking for people in various cities and he asked them to snap photos of themselves standing in front of men and women wearing a particular outfit (brown baseball caps, green shirts, etc.). The quirkiest request he made was to ask if anyone has “access to a 30+ story building that you can manipulate the interior lights to spell out letters in the windows”. The funniest thing is that he made these requests without divulging the reason behind the requests until two days later. Yep, that’s our Shatner.
4. Wil Wheaton
Tagline: “Don’t be a d**ck!”
Wheaton’s “about” page sure is quirky. He has a section called “Bragging rights” which reads: “Found a dead body when I was 12, saved the Enterprise a few times, Ran the Axis of Anarchy, broke up Penney and Leonard. Currently running the non-lethal weapons lab at Global Dynamics”. He also has a picture of himself (?) wearing a giant rubber horse head mask for his cover photo. Wheaton is a frequent poster and his content is full of funny video clips (sometimes of himself, sometimes of others) and lots and lots of blog entries. He also has the reputation of being a super nice guy who enjoys engaging with fans.
Tagline: “It’s Britney, Bi*ch!”
Oh, Britney! I’m not really sure what to make of Ms. Spears. She was a Mickey Mouse Clubber, then a teen pop star who a lot of pervs loved to fantasize over after her Catholic school girl video, and then she just became this sad, sort of train wreck of a celebrity. Now, she seems to be doing much better and getting her career back on track, which is great. However, she recently posted a lot of new photos of herself which are clearly, blatantly airbrushed (but, then again, what celebrity photos aren’t these days?), but what makes this particularly stand out is that she posted an obviously brushed photo last week with the comment “A woman is like a beautiful flower, the true beauty inside”. So, yeah. Anyway, if you’re a Spears fan, you’ll like her Google + page which is full of lots and lots – and lots – of Britney.
2. Paris Hilton
No tagline, just: “Occupation: Model, Actress, Singer, Brand, Business Woman, Fashion Designer, Author, Philanthropist and Empire.” – Author???
Ah, Paris Hilton, this is the woman who is famous for being famous (and filthy rich). Her most recent post is a video of the exploitative commercial she did for a new Carl’s Jr Texas BBQ sandwich. I’m not sure what half naked women in bikinis soaping up a giant muddy truck has to do with sandwiches, but whatever. She really likes to post videos of the paparazzi taking photos of her, the most recent one was upon her arrival in South Korea. There are also numerous videos of songs from her latest album; but be warned, the amount of Pepto-Bismal pink, shiny rainbows, and magical unicorns in the videos are rather a shock to the system, and may very well require a heavy dosage of stomach antacid to counteract any potential heaving. Still, if Hilton is your cup of overpriced tea, you’ll have a good time here.
1. Felicia Day
Tagline: “Web series creator, gamer, slight misanthrope.”
The geeky queen reigns supreme on pretty much all social media platforms, and Google + is no exception. She makes numerous posts a day, most of them are uploads of various projects she’s doing, but she also forwards posts to other nerdy delights. There are lots and lots of videos to feast your eyes on all over her page. One of the funniest most recent photos she posted is a picture of her standing next to a 6’2 cardboard standee of herself. The best thing about her account, though, is her clear enthusiasm for her work and for the work of others. There’s just something refreshing about seeing her totally fangirl about everyone else.