The Top 10 Celebrities

 
 
By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2009-04-11 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Those problems aside, the following 10 public figures have managed to turn Twitter into an effective personal and professional platform:

Lance Armstrong
Followers: 550,543

Armstrong "tweets" on a variety of subjects ranging from a stolen bike to what song he's currently listening to. For those convinced that the seven-time Tour de France winner is a humorless, goal-driven machine, some of his missives toy with that image: "Just took a shower. Got it down under 10 mins. Whew."

John Cleese
Followers: 134,283

The former Monty Python comedian updates his Twitter site frequently and actually seems to respond to his followers. While Twitter's 140-character limit allows little room for one of his iconic rants, he does manage to place the occasional zinger.

Al Gore
Followers: 523,035

Former vice president and Nobel-winning environmental crusader Al Gore updates fairly infrequently, but when he does, it's generally to provide his followers with a micro-dose of climate crisis.

John Hodgman
Followers: 56,131

The PC guy in Apple's "I'm a Mac" ads, Hodgman's comments range from what's going on backstage at the Daily Show to wishing his audience a "Happy Canadian April Fool's Day."

David Lynch
Followers: 52,170

The storied filmmaker and the crown prince of weird updates his followers regularly on art exhibits, the weather in Los Angeles and whatever idea happens to be ambling through his brain at that particular moment. "Thought of the day: 42 seconds is a long time."

John McCain
Followers: 388,798

Another politician to embrace Twitter as a way of extending his message online, McCain is notable for having conducted a well-publicized Twitter interview with George Stephanopoulos (another Twitter-er).

Shaquille O'Neal
Followers: 591,534

An occasionally stream-of-consciousness, frequently comedic Twitter page, plastered with Superman logos and missives such as "I'm lookin foor u mark Cuban," has the basketball star winning points for distinctiveness.   

Barack Obama
Followers: 761,288

Although the president employed Twitter as a campaign tool, providing frequent updates from the road, his last "tweet" on March 25 directed users to a White House site to ask questions about the economy.

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Followers: 40,278

The "governator," or at least his assistants, uses Twitter to provide a constant stream of governing updates. The "tweets" are heavy on information ("57 infrastructure projects with $625 million Fed stimulus funding will create 11,000 new jobs in CA") but light on corny puns or spectacular explosions.

Martha Stewart
Followers: 329,723

Martha Stewart takes breaks several times a day to update her followers on filming, cooking and other day-to-day aspects of keeping her brand running. "I write my own tweets," she defends at one point.




 
 
 
 
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
 
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters























 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rocket Fuel