BY: MESFIN FEKADU
LOS ANGELES – Adam Lambert has learned the dangers of TUI: Tweeting under the influence.
At the Grammy Social Media Rock Stars Summit, the pop singer admitted that “drunk tweeting is not good,” and that when he has looked over some of his tweets from the past, he could see how they were offensive.
“You have to be careful,” Lambert said, who has over 860,000 Twitter followers. “Newspapers will quote your tweets.”
The former “American Idol” runner-up also said that while he loves when fans take pictures and record video footage at his concerts, he feels like they’re cheating themselves.
“It’s (also) adding pressure on the performer … since the stuff is up and everywhere,” he said.
Lambert, 29, was joined by rapper Chamillionaire at the pre-Grammy event. Chamillionaire won a Grammy in 2007 for his No. 1 song, “Ridin’.” Lambert is nominated this year for best male pop vocal performance for “Whataya Want from Me.”
While the glam pop-rocker has a Facebook profile with close to 1.3 million fans, he said he has a personal page, too. Though that might be changing.
“It was hacked,” he said, adding that someone has also posted his pictures onto message boards.
Former MTV News anchor John Norris hosted the panel, which included Facebook’s director of platform product marketing, Ethan Beard, co-founder of Foursquare Naveen Selvadurai and Tim Westergren, Pandora’s founder and chief strategy officer.
Beard said that because there’s a lack of record stores today, he’s hoping the connection between artists and fans are built back through the interaction on musicians’ Facebook pages.
“Music is social activity … and buying music on iTunes is different than in CD stores,” Beard said. “(But) using social media makes it more social.”
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