McGinnis: The ten best celebrity tweetersWritten by Jeff McGinnis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the great guilty pleasures of Twitter is following celebrities’ accounts. Many of them, of course, are little more than publicity tools, written by assistants and image doctors. But then there are the celebs who actually seem to put effort into their tweets, and turn out a product as entertaining as anything they do in “real life.” Here are 10 great ones:
Adrianne Curry (@AdrianneCurry): The first winner of “America’s Next Top Model” and star of “My Fair Brady” is one of the funniest and most frank posters on Twitter. You have to love anyone who swears like a sailor, parties like a supermodel and is as passionate about geeky issues as the self-described “angst-ridden, video-game-loving child of the ’90s” is.
Sample Tweet: “wow … the fact that im only a little tired with no hangover is awesome!”
Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano): The former “Charmed” star states in her bio, “This is my official page. I tweet a lot. Consider yourself forewarned.” And so she does. But it is almost always interesting and usually is filled with loads of links to fascinating articles.
Sample Tweet: “Just got back from the ‘Young Hollywood Party’. Young Hollywood’s auto-tune music made me miss Oingo Boingo.”
Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho): I follow a lot of wrestlers, but Jericho would be the one I’d most recommend to non-wrestling fans. Continuously entertaining, the wrestler/rock star/author/game show host/parent keeps fans up on his latest escapades, especially now that he’s on hiatus from WWE.
Sample Tweet: “Due to all of this spare time I have now, I’ve taken up knitting. Just finished up a lovely powder blue petticoat. Any takers?”
Conan O’Brien (@ConanOBrien): Fans going through Conan withdrawal while waiting for his show on TBS to start need not fret. O’Brien has been busy posting some of the most hilarious jokes on the Web via his Twitter feed, which reads like a very long version of his opening monologue.
Sample Tweet: “Rahm Emanuel has left the White House to run for Mayor of Chicago. Wow, and I thought I was the only one moving to a lower-paying job.”
Diablo Cody (@diablocody): The Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Juno” offers a continuous string of engaging information on her upcoming projects, the realities of Hollywood and her life.
Sample Tweet: “My mom just cut up a Chipotle burrito and put a tiny slice on a plate for me. I’m shocked she didn’t chew it first.”
Felicia Day (@feliciaday): You may not know the talented Ms. Day just yet, but you will soon enough. Appearing on shows like “House” and “Eureka” have surely raised her profile, as has her own creation, the wildly popular online geek sitcom “The Guild.”
Sample Tweet: “Question: I’ve carried a turkey sandwich around all day in my purse. How many hours before I will get food poisoning by eating it?”
Roger Ebert (@ebertchicago): The world’s most famous film critic, Ebert discovered Twitter last year and has taken to the service like a duck to water, using it to spotlight links, articles, reviews and his own passionate opinions on the movies, politics and more.
Sample Tweet: “After vetting 76,248 comments on my blog, I conclude that right-wingers, in general, cannot spell.”
Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane): The “Family Guy” creator started his official account a while ago, but only recently started updating it in earnest. And who could have guessed, it is largely comprised of a wildly eclectic — and wildly funny — series of random thoughts and one-liners. Tremendous stuff.
Sample Tweet: “I support the right of the Jedi to build a temple, but does it have to be two blocks from the ruins of the Death Star?”
Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo): Another recent arrival on the Twitter scene, the comedy legend has quickly adapted to Twitter with a wonderfully witty and charmingly odd feed. As with every other media he’s tackled before, Martin is testing the barriers of what you can do with Twitter — with awesome results.
Sample Tweet: “Played San Luis Obispo last night. Santa Barbara tomorrow, San Diego Saturday. Then Scottsdale. Fired agent. I SAID ONLY SAINT THEMED TOWNS.”
Wil Wheaton (@wilw): One of the first to jump on the Twitter bandwagon, the former-child-star-turned-Internet-icon has one of the best accounts on the service. If you’re a geek and you don’t follow Wil Wheaton, you’re not really a geek.
Sample Tweet: “It fills me with joy to watch my first game of the 10-’11 NHL season on CBC, in the original, untranslated Canadian.”
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