So I signed up for Twitter a couple of months ago, mostly just to give you readers one more way to stay in touch with me. I installed a WordPress plugin called Twitter Tools that automagically adds a tweet any time a new post is added here, so people using iPhones or Blackberries with Twitter apps will be able to use it like an RSS feed.
Other than that, though, I don’t personally use Twitter all that much. I use ping.fm to add tweets and to update my statuses on Facebook and MySpace… and I also satisfy my voyeur impulses by occasionally checking out what celebrities are up to on Twitter.
As you might know, dozens of celebrities use Twitter, and almost anyone can add them to their “Twitter contact list” (or “follow them”, in Tweetspeak).
Some celebrities, like Al Gore, use Twitter mainly to disseminate information; most of his posts simply say “read this article” or “watch this video”. Other celebs, like Richard Branson, user Twitter as a marketing tool (typical tweet: “get 50% off fares to Miami this week on Virgin Atlantic!”). Other celebs – like Lost and Fringe creator JJ Abrams – set up accounts ages ago and never seem to update them. Still others, like Britney Spears, farm out tweeting to assistants, and it’s blatantly obvious that it’s not the actual celebrity doing the tweeting there.
Below is a list of the celebrities I follow on Twitter. In most cases, these are the actual celebrities themselves (and not assistants). They’re also people that post interesting stuff (unlike, say, Al Gore, whose feed is not much more than a link farm, really):
Jamie Oliver – British celebrity chef.
Dexter Fletcher – British actor, best known as “Soap” in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, but also Hotel Babylon and Band of Brothers.
Sarah Silverman – Comedienne and actress.
Mindy Kaling – Writer, producer and actress (“Kelly Kapur”) from The Office.
Rainn Wilson – “Dwight Schrute” from The Office.
Stephen Fry – English actor, writer, comedian, author, television personality and film director.