Talking Your Tech: Steve Harvey

— -- Steve Harvey, the host of TV's Family Feud and radio's The Steve Harvey Morning Show, admits that he used to be scared of tech. No longer. In a visit to his Atlanta radio studio, the comedian/author and prolific tweeter (@IAmSteveHarvey) talked about his enthusiasm for interacting with his nearly 400,000 followers on Twitter, his love of the new iPhone 4S, and how he wishes the technology revolution had happened earlier in his life.


"I can't live without my iPhone. I can check temperatures with my voice, find the nearest Pizza Hut, get reminders for my schedule, check dates, check the weather, see the stock market."

Just too much e-mail

"I get aggravated with the e-mail because sometimes there are just too many. I go to my in-box, and it says 180 messages. I might delete all of them. I don't want the stress of trying to read and answer 180 e-mails."

Writing humor on the iPad

"My jokes aren't on paper anymore, they're on the iPad. If I rewrite a joke, I can put a cursor on a line, and put it in the right line. I don't have to erase and do it over."

Why he likes Twitter

"The immediacy of it. You get an immediate response. This is the first time I've actually been able to talk to my fans. I'm talking to people I'd never get a chance to talk to, which is kind of cool for a guy like me. I'm in a radio booth, on stage, or behind a camera on TV. I don't know what they're thinking or saying. I know they're out there, but it's kind of cool to be able to talk to them."

Starting a Twitter-related business

Harvey's company, Alter Ego, helps celebrities with their tweeting. "A lot of people are too busy to tweet. Even if you're not tech savvy, or don't have time to do it, we do it for you. We call you and say, 'What do you have going?' … It's all done in their words."

Wish to go back in time

"If this had been happening 10 years ago, I could have been rich a long time ago. I would have found a way to make this work. People who are not taking advantage of the technology are really hurting themselves."