My regular readers – and those who recognise the widget on the right of the screen – will know that as well as writing for the Mirror and specialist cruise magazines, Captain Greybeard is also an avid Tweeter.
When Carnival blogger John Heald alerted me to the fact that his boss, multi-billionaire Micky Arison (above, left), had also joined Twitter, I had to become a follower. It would have been rude not to.
The CEO of Carnival Corporation and owner of NBA team Miami Heat, Micky is rated by Forbes magazine as the 69th richest person in the world, with a personal fortune of more than $4 billion.
Within days of joining Twitter he had gathered more than 4,000 followers, and this week Tweeted: “Just saw @Justinbieber is following me. I think that means I’m cool!”
Unable to resist, I replied with a cheeky “No it doesn’t” and then waited for my Blackberry to light up as it was bombed with insults from fans of Bieber (he’s the one on the right, in case you’re wondering).
None came (obviously, I’m not cool) but I did get an instant response from Micky, who sent a Direct Message which said: “OK, I know you are right. All the best. I enjoy reading your stuff.”
Thanks Micky – you are cool. And if you could persuade Mr Bieber to take a cruise on one of your ships, I’m sure his fans would consider you to be cooler still. But we both have a long, long way to go to catch up with Justin – who has 12 million Twitter followers.
- John Heald, meanwhile, is trying to recover some of the ground taken from him by Micky, writing on Facebook: “According to our Chairman Micky Arison’s twit page he passed us last night at 2:00am on the starboard side. He mentions I was there to wave at him. Well if I had known this I would have been on the bow, jumping up and down, naked, waving my underpants in the air like a demented Pittsburgh Steelers fan.”