Actor Jake T. Austin has just made the ultimate promise of Twitter real for millions and millions of people. What promise? The promise that with technology like Twitter and Facebook, movie stars and pro athletes aren’t in some other untouchable world — no, they’re just a tweet away. It’s been true: Taylor Swift does have a special relationship with her Swifties — those gazillions of fans who think of her as a friend because of her social media outreach. But the Swifties don’t ride in Taylor’s limo. Now the former Disney star Jake T. Austin just revealed that he’s actually dating a fan, a social media follower, one who just kept at him until she jumped the invisible status wall from out there to in here. 22-year-old Danielle Ceasar won Austin’s heart via Twitter. And it raised the stakes for millions of fanboys and fangirls.
Social media makes it easier, but Caesar’s technique has long been in action. It used to require a polaroid and the U.S. Mail. One famous example is the seduction of Sylvester Stallone by then little known actress/model Brigitte Nielsen. Nielsen sent Stallone, then at the height of his fame, photos of herself (photos that Twitter would censor, by the way) and got the original Rocky to reach out for a date. She became his second wife and used Stallone’s reflective fame — and her incomparable body — to launch her lucrative entertainment career.