By JONATHAN HURLEY”My twitter account was completely hijacked,” says writer/actor Tim Holtz, whose Twitter account has been under attack by critics and fans since he launched it in August 2015.
“I was using it for personal reasons, like writing, but also to tweet, and people were commenting and harassing me on my tweets.
It was horrible.
I started to cry and get angry.”
Holtz’s account has grown over the years, and he’s become a kind of unofficial spokesperson for the Gamergate movement, which began as a backlash against women who criticized the sexism in video game journalism.
But even after Gamergate gained steam and began to gain momentum, Holtz wasn’t sure what would happen next.
“I was still kind of on the fence about whether I was going to do this full-time, or if I was just going to take a break and go back to doing what I loved, like being an actor,” he says.
“And then, like, I started seeing the reaction to the tweets that were being posted to my tweets, and I was like, ‘I’m going to have to do it full-force.'”
Holtlz decided to go full-throttle on Twitter, and by the end of the month, his account had nearly 300,000 followers.
His Twitter account now has over a million followers, but he’s also noticed an uptick in his follower count.
“It’s been like, 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, and sometimes 100,000 people,” he tells The Verge.
“My biggest worry right now is the fact that I don’t have my entire Twitter following to defend, and so I’m kind of losing that.
And it’s kind of been hard to be a full-timer on Twitter.”
Hutty and the Black Dog, Holtzman’s memoir, will be released on April 30.
The book was first published in 2014, but has since been translated into Spanish, German, and English, and has also been released on audiobook.
Holtzman says that the book is his way of trying to channel his inner-Jenny McCarthy.
“There’s a little bit of a McCarthyist aspect to the book,” he explains.
“He [Holtzman] is very protective of his privacy and very paranoid.
So he’s very guarded about his own life and very guarded in general.
He’s like a little dog.”
But Holtzman has a different take on his celebrity Twitter followers, and that’s not something he wants to change.
“What I’ve realized is that Twitter is the most incredible medium in the world,” he recalls.
“People will be reading a tweet and tweeting back and they’re going to respond to that tweet.
That’s the only thing that matters to me.
So for me, Twitter is a platform for me to get out of my own bubble, get outside of my comfort zone, and just have fun.”
Hustler, Holtzon, and the black dog are part of a new, new wave of Twitter users that’s sweeping across the world, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
“We’re seeing this new generation of users, who are just completely new to Twitter,” Holtzman tells The Washington Post.
“They’re looking to be part of this social revolution that’s happening.”
Hurtling along, Holtlin and his new followers are just the tip of the iceberg.
As more and more celebrities and influencers follow the hashtag #FreeTheDogs, and more and so many other brands follow it as well, there’s no doubt that the rise of this movement has been driven by people who want to protect their privacy.
And even if they don’t like what’s happening, there are ways that people are trying to fight back.
A new way of doing businessFor years, social media companies have tried to figure out ways to help celebrities stay anonymous, but that approach hasn’t always been successful.
“Social media has always been about letting people know when their tweets have been deleted, but it hasn’t been as effective at being able to keep track of how many people follow your brand,” says Matt Wuerker, founder and CEO of the Twitter Analytics team, who worked on social media for more than two decades before becoming the CEO of SocialLogic.
“This new generation is coming out of the woodwork and they really have a different way of dealing with this problem.
They’re using hashtags to tell their stories and to tell what they want to share and who they want their followers to follow, which is the kind of platform we were originally designed to handle.”
Wuerker says that Twitter’s recent overhaul has made it easier for brands to stay in business.
“In the past, social networking companies would have been a very difficult challenge to get through because they didn’t have the right tools