Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Tweet?
Beloved kids institution “Sesame Street” has been spreading its reach beyond TV sets lately, giving some of its famous Muppet personalities their own Twitter accounts and sending them on adventures throughout the city. It’s a new tactic for the savvy 45-year-old show, making their fuzzy Muppet friends into more interactive characters that live beyond the confines of the “Sesame Street” set. They’re tweeting from museums, parades and national landmarks, and just like most Twitter users, posting all kinds of selfies with celebrities.
The characters you can now find spitting out 140 characters on Twitter include: Oscar the Grouch, who joined in January (though in true Grouch form, he’s only tweeted twice so far); Elmo, who joined in January; and Count Von Count, who may have the oldest account, dating back to May 2012, though like the obsessive compulsive lunatic he is, he literally just tweets the number of tweets he’s done (he still has 10,000 followers). Cookie Monster, who joined in September, used his account last week to take a tour of some of the city’s museums — while comparing various works of art to cookies, naturally.
Big Bird, the most natural character to issue a “tweet,” joined on Friday. He spent Monday tweeting with Billy Eichner and Michelle Obama as a video of the three of them playing a game in a grocery store went viral.
— Big Bird (@BigBird) February 13, 2015
Oddly, Mr. Snuffleupagus has an account too, but his tweets are protected, meaning only certain people can see them. This might be a nod to the character’s history: Snuffy was originally an imaginary friend to Big Bird, but producers of the show eventually made him real (though we hope his Twitter becomes public eventually for less depressing reasons).
“As we look for opportunities to highlight Sesame Street’s work to help kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder, social media provides us with a great opportunity to tap our engaging characters to build awareness of our various initiatives,” says Dan Lewis, Sesame Street’s director of new media. “We try to use humor and the character’s unique personalities to help our content resonate with our audience.”
So while we can’t tell you exactly how to get to Sesame Street, we can certainly point you to these Sesame tweets that show how the beloved Muppets are still entertaining us on all platforms.
Did somebody say Oscar?
— Oscar the Grouch (@OscarTheGrouch) January 15, 2015
— Cookie Monster (@MeCookieMonster) February 13, 2015
One hundred forty! @twitter's favorite number! Ah ah ah!
— Count von Count (@CountVonCount) September 26, 2013
— Elmo (@elmo) September 18, 2014
— Big Bird (@BigBird) February 17, 2015