Excuse me, Ashton? Demi? Can I get a Tweet in edgeways?
Not only is Ashton Kutcher the crown prince of Twitter, having famously beat CNN to a million followers, but it seems like he personally takes up most of its bandwidth. To follow compulsive Tweeters aplusk and his wife, mrskutcher, is almost to insert yourself into their streams of consciousness, as almost every detail of their lives is broadcast in real time. In an age when celebrities complain about the invasiveness of the media, Twitter provides an eerie proximity to the super-famous that can sometimes feel like being stuck in an elevator with them.
Celebrities, like anyone else, reveal a lot about themselves by how they use Twitter. Demi and Ashton understand that it is a tool to have a conversation, and interact with other users. Kathy Griffin, on the other hand, has more than 78,000 followers yet follows 0. Something about those figures seems to be at odds with the community spirit of the Twitterverse. If she doesn’t care what anyone else has to say, one is tempted to ask, why should we care what she says?
Some use Twitter merely as a sales tool—like Anderson Cooper, who reveals nothing about himself and just Tweets ads for his show. Katie Couric, on the other hand, comes across as a normal human being who is getting through her day like the rest of us.
Pete Wentz, another celeb who Tweets so often I wonder how he has time to do anything else, is utterly charming on Twitter. (May 25: “Grocery store all by myself: guac, hummus, twist off wine and baby food. Where is tmz when I need them.”)
Mario Lopez, on the other hand, breaks my heart. Turns out the big dumb hunk is just as deep as one of his dimples. (You’re at the gym again, Mario? Really—tell us about it!)
Al Gore is preachy, Pink writes a lot about the alcohol she’s drinking, and former tabloid queen Bonnie Fuller releases a terrifying daily blast of five Tweets in a row (140 character limit be damned!) that gives a scary insight into what it must be like to work for the famously difficult boss.
And who else is annoying on Twitter? I Tweeted that question today to see what the users think, my first response was … that I’m annoying.
Oh well, I asked for it!