Don't let their sky-high follower counts fool you: Most celebrities have terrible Twitter accounts. Though plenty of celebrities have recognized the potential of Twitter, the vast majority of accounts are deeply irritating — full of lame selfies, retweeted compliments from fans, and transparently promotional tweets.
But there are some diamonds in the rough. Here, 10 celebrities that are actually worth following on Twitter (and please share your favorites in the comments):
1. Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt)
Many modern comedians have embraced Twitter, but none have done it as completely — or as successfully — as Patton Oswalt, whose feed offers a consistently hilarious mix of non-sequiturs and riffs on the news of the day.
Be a warrior, that your son may be a doctor, and his son a poet, and his son a podcaster, and his son a resentful Libertarian.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 16, 2013
Even if the #hyperloop never gets built, there'll be an ice cream flavor, a meth recipe & a Brooklyn infant named for it.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 13, 2013
"Every Bite Expands In Your Colon Like A Warehouse Full Of Fecal Ghosts" doesn't fit on the sign oh wait "Taco Bell"— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 12, 2013
2. Alyssa Milano (@AlyssaMilano)
Most celebrities use their Twitter accounts for self-promotion or humor. Not Alyssa Milano. Her feed is packed with a wide range of interesting links from across the internet on anything from Johnny Cash's daily to-do list to the effect caffeine has on your brain to — full disclosure! — some great articles from The Week and our sister site Mental Floss.
3. David Lynch (@DAVID_LYNCH)
David Lynch hasn't directed a feature-length film since 2006's Inland Empire, but anyone whose appetite for Lynch's idiosyncratic worldview hasn't been sated by his forays into music and transcendental meditation would be wise to check out his Twitter feed.
Dear Twitter Friends, the happy squirrels are running fast and free.— David Lynch (@DAVID_LYNCH) July 3, 2013
Dear Twitter Friends, I'm making a lightning bolt to take a picture of.— David Lynch (@DAVID_LYNCH) June 19, 2013
Dear Twitter Friends, I am building a box with wallpaper & a nude woman. What are you doing this weekend?— David Lynch (@DAVID_LYNCH) June 14, 2013
4. Lena Dunham (@LenaDunham)
Girls creator Lena Dunham's ascent to global fame was built, in part, on the strong observational humor of her Twitter feed. (And occasional hints about upcoming story lines on Girls don't hurt either.)
Someone drove by us shooting on the street in Queens and screamed "Law and Order sucks!"— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 15, 2013
Least favorite comedy trope of last ten years: one character says something zany and the other responds "um, that didn't even make SENSE"— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 11, 2013
Who else was really messed up by an impossible desire to look like Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas?— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 8, 2013
5. Ken Jennings (@kenjennings)
As one of the most surprising breakout celebrities on Twitter, legendary Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings has built an impressive public profile and second career with his razor-sharp humor. (Bonus: His Twitter feed offers direct access to his weekly Kennections puzzles, which are always worth a click.)
So sad to think of all those bright-eyed young Reaganites who had no idea they'd someday have to side with either the Russians or the gays.— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) August 19, 2013
For me, going to the dentist is like Harrison Ford on a talk show: I can probably do it if I'm super-high on drugs.— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) August 19, 2013
"Sunday Morning": good Velvet Underground song, GREAT time to do the "Kennections" quiz in the new Parade Magazine. http://t.co/tKkWK8XjbL— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) August 18, 2013
6. Aaron Paul (aaronpaul_8)
Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul is legendarily open-hearted to the show's legions of fans, and that quality extends to his earnest, enthusiastic Twitter feed, where he gamely plays along with requests (and says "bitch" as many times as fans ask him to.)
7. Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47)
In the first line of her characteristically self-deprecating Twitter feed, Anna Kendrick describes herself as "pale, awkward and very very small." But despite her modesty, the Pitch Perfect star has managed to amass more than 1.5 million followers with her witty day-to-day observations.
Dear parents that I meet, I know that sigh, and before you even say it, I'm very very sorry that your child won't stop doing Cups.— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) August 20, 2013
No. Nope. No no no. C'mon guys, there's a LINE. There. Is. A. Line. pic.twitter.com/7wumCoeFOK— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) August 17, 2013
I suspect the only time Brits actually do the kiss-on-each-cheek thing is with visiting Americans bc they know it will make us feel cultured— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) August 17, 2013
8. Damon Lindelof (@DamonLindelof)
With writing credits on everything from Star Trek Into Darkness to World War Z under his belt, Damon Lindelof is one of the most successful and in-demand writers in Hollywood. His Twitter feed is a blend of sarcastic jokes, links, and insights about Hollywood (along with the occasional argument with a disgruntled Lost fan).
Feels GREAT. Thanks for asking! RT @ColonelLanda: Your feelings on ST: Into Darkness being named worst ST film by fans?— Damon Lindelof (@DamonLindelof) August 18, 2013
And a joyous, confounding, highly-divisive 8/15 to all you LOST fans out there!!!— Damon Lindelof (@DamonLindelof) August 15, 2013
I am so angry about Disney showing no STAR WARS VII stuff at D-23 that I refuse to see the movie more than four thousand times.— Damon Lindelof (@DamonLindelof) August 12, 2013
9. Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien)
Conan O'Brien delivers nightly monologues on his TBS late-night show, but his frequently hilarious Twitter feed offers the same kind of humor in bite-sized chunks all day.
No matter how many Back to School sales I scope out, I can’t seem to find one decent “Breaking Bad” lunch box.— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) August 15, 2013
President Obama said he’s urging his daughters not to get caught up trying to act like celebrities. He’s particularly worried about Sa$ha.— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) August 5, 2013
Anthony Weiner said, “More will come out.” Just how long is this guy’s penis?— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) July 26, 2013
10. Kanye West (@kanyewest)
Kanye West sometimes goes weeks without offering the world a single tweet — but when he does tweet, you don't want to miss it. Unlike most celebrities, West's feed is clearly unfiltered and uncensored by anyone other than himself, and his occasional extended Twitter rants are more than worth the follow.
I open the debate… The 2nd verse of New Slaves is the best rap verse of all time….meaning … OF ALL TIME IN THE HISTORY OF RAP MUSIC, PERIOD— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) July 20, 2013
I saw a pre-screening of Pacific Rim yesterday and it's easily one of my favorite movies of all time.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) July 4, 2013
one of the other gifts my girl gave me for fathers day pic.twitter.com/WnlZaMhVtw— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) July 1, 2013
What do you think? Who are your favorite celebrities to follow on Twitter? Speak up in the comments.
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