Follow Shaq in More Than One Way and You Might Get to Meet Him

Simple but cool story here. When a couple of curious Tweeps who wondered if @THE_REAL_SHAQ was really the real Shaq saw his Tweet about eating at a local Phoenix diner, they decided to go to the restaurant and see for themselves.

Sure enough the real Shaq was there, and while figuring out how to approach him he Tweeted, “I feel twitterers around me, r there any twitterers in 5 n diner wit me, say somethin.” So they did. They nervously approached him and asked for an autograph and picture, which he happily fulfilled.

Another cool thing: apparently Shaq tipped close to $200 on $20 worth of food.

Later that day Shaq Tweeted, “To all twitterers , if u c me n public come say hi, we r not the same we r from twitteronia, we connect,” to which his Phoenix Suns teammate Steve Nash (@the_real_nash) Tweeted, “Diesel, 5 n diner has great chili and milkshakes but i know you’re on a diet so you had a salad!!”

– Dave


7 Responses

  1. Yes! I almost in real life followed @MCHammer to Zeitgeist once (tweeted he was there chillin’ with Wyclef and!) – wonder if he/they would have had the same warm reaction.

    I <3 Shaq’s “twitteronia” reference. Aw, I want to give him a hug! :-)

    Cool story, thanks for sharing!!

  2. TwitterHugz. Wonder if @britneyspears would have had the same warm reaction…

  3. That’s incredibly cool – darn perhaps I should have tried to track down Shaq when he mentioned he was in going to see Alcatraz while in SF.

  4. More from today, and perhaps my favorite one of his yet: “I’m at the fashion sq mall, any1 touches me gets 2 tickets, tag me and say yur twit u hv 20 min.”

    My opinion on Shaq has changed drastically thanks to Twitter. Dude’s awesome.

  5. saw that one yesterday – so awesome. “Tag – yur twit!” (goofy grin turns to look of fear as giant Shaq Diesel turns to chase you) :-) hehe

  6. haha. awesome, jes. :)

  7. Funny thing is, Shaq has become the most genuine celeb on Twitter and, honestly, who woulda thunk it? Did you see it coming? I didn’t.

    And yes, Jes, MC Hammer would have been warm to your Tweet meet. Dude is into it though a bit more self-promotional.

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