Posted at 5:00 AM Mar 05, 2009
By Bonnie Ruberg
Now that Facebook is old news and Twitter is the new media buzzword, we TV watchers and Internet readers have been hearing a lot about the wave of celebrities who've introduced microblogging into their super fancy lives. For most people, it seems, this is interesting because it gives fans a window into celebs' innermost thoughts -- or at least what they had for lunch.
The whole Twitter celeb thing fascinates me, though, because it gives us a chance to talk back to famous people -- and those stars might actually listen. Heck, some of them will even respond. Unlike fan mail, which gets filtered through PR companies and beefy bodyguards, tweets land right on a celeb's digital doorstep. How can they ignore that?
Celebrities who will answer your tweets:
5. Adam Savage
Twitter name: donttrythis
Okay, I admit, this whole thing got started because last week I had a dream in which Adam Savage of Mythbusters and I were riding around in a covered wagon with a bunch of puppies. When I woke up, I thought, "Maybe he's on Twitter." He was, so of course I sent him a tweet relaying this exact story. No, he didn't respond, but given his profile track record, if you write him something a little more normal, he probably will.
4. Shaquille O'Neal
Twitter name: THE_REAL_SHAG
Want to know what Shaq calls Coby Bryant? His thoughts on being famous? How to Twitter in ebonics? Just ask the man yourself!
3. Lance Armstrong
Twitter name: lancearmstrong
Sure, he won the Tour de France seven times, plus fought cancer. He still has time to respond to your messages about how much he loves bicycles. And man, does he love bicycles.
2. John Cleese
Twitter name: johncleese
As Cleese himself puts it: not only is he still alive, but he's Twittering. Following the tweets of this beloved member of Monthy Pynthon will not only give you a chance to see a picture of him in a funny hat, it might also get you a cheeky zing. Example: "@someone People clap [for] performers to keep the incidence of suicide as low as possible."
1. MC Hammer
Twitter name: mchammer
Yup, it's that MC Hammer. These days, instead of wearing super puffy pants -- or possibly in addition to that -- he's microblogging about "knocking out some tweets" (very meta) and giving shout outs to his @fans for the "love."