Carl Reiner loves Twitter.
By coincidence, on the same day reports surfaced that the social media app may be expanding its 140-character limit to 10,000, the legendary writer, director and actor told The Hollywood Reporter that the beauty of Twitter is the requirement of brevity.
“You’re given a certain amount of letters to say something interesting, funny or salient, and it’s like a jigsaw puzzle,” Reiner says. “You have something to solve. I like it.”
Tweeting at least once a day, usually right before he goes to bed, the soon to be 94-year-old came up with the idea to see who else his age or older uses Twitter, so he asked over what else but the app.
In 3 mos I will be 94 & I am curious to know if there are any tweeters out there as old or older than I who tweet at least once a day. Huh?
— carl reiner (@carlreiner) December 29, 2015
So far, Reiner says he got a response from a 100-year-old Twitter user.
From shots at Donald — which he says he is very proud of — to exchanging messages with his famous friends and family, Reiner thinks up and posts all his own tweets, he says.
He has been using Twitter for years — July 2012, his account says — and he is not thrilled about the possibility of any changes to the format.
“I think it is a challenge,” he says. “I like that fact that you have to get it in a certain amount of words.”
Of course it’s not all Twitter all the time for the Ocean’s trilogy actor, he has also been working on a new book, You Say God Bless You for Sneezing and Farting, due out in the next few months, he says. The book will be illustrated by James Bennett.
The book is a comedy about passing gas based on an incident when his 4-year-old granddaughter asked her teacher whether she would say “God bless you” when someone farted, he says.
He also recently wrote “Me at Ninety Three,” a detailed account of his year at 93-years-old and Why & When The Dick Van Dyke Show Was Born. That book features behind-the-scenes stories from the show, created by Reiner, in which he directed and acted. Fans seeking an autographed copy of the book can visit randomcontent.com.
Calling them “goodies” here are some of Reiner’s favorite recent tweets:
On Dec 24th 1942 Estelle Lebost & I were happily married & stayed so for 65 yrs, Now gone, I still celebrate the 75th year of ongoing union.
— carl reiner (@carlreiner) December 25, 2015
I was sad to see the names of the departed celebrities on CBS’.HAIL & FAREWELL list & happy NOT to see my name on it..
— carl reiner (@carlreiner) December 27, 2015
“SELF PLAGIARISM IS THE SINCEREST FOR OF EGOTISM’ I just proved by sending you something I tweeted earlier this year.
— carl reiner (@carlreiner) December 31, 2015
Never heard such garbage spew from a man seeking the Presidency, A fitting slogan for him would be THE TRUMPSTER IS READY FOR THE DUMPSTER
— carl reiner (@carlreiner) January 3, 2016