No, we’re not talking about Courtney Stodden, we’re talking about this year’s newcomers to the Twitterverse. Having passed its half-decade mark, the site continues to attract A-listers who have a little time and 140 characters to spare for an occasional rant or rave. So, which celebs got a taste of the dreaded #failwhale for the first time in 2011? Read on…
Jan. 28: James Cameron
Best tweet: “Arnold @Schwarzenegger and I were hanging out in the rainforest with my indigenous friends. They gave us both war clubs (watch yr ass).”
Feb. 3: Howard Stern
Unless you’re looking for links to his show or pics of his wife, Stern is a surprisingly boring tweeter. Better shape up before America’s Got Talent, curly!
Best tweet: “Could there be anything more degrading than the word hunk?’ -Rob lowe’s new book. Yeah must be horrible… Awful”
Feb. 5: Matt Drudge
Looks like the Drudge-ster is too busy running his site to tweet regularly. He goes nearly a month between tweets of late, but he proves immune to even the mighty Oprah.
Best tweet: “But this reporter did not cry, expected I would; Did for Johnny, MASH, other generational moments. She left the stage without saying why…”
March 1: Charlie Sheen
Hard to believe the hashtag master himself has been on Twitter less than a year. He tweets early and often, and he has taken #winning to the next level with more than 5.7 million followers.
Best tweet: “Face it folks, you just feel better when you say it. #WINNING”
March 22: Christina Aguilera
Pretty much exclusively a promotional tool for her job as a judge on The Voice. Sigh for the wasted potential.
Best tweet: “Happy 30th birthday @britneyspears!!!” [Ed. note: #FeelLikeImLivingATeenageDream]
March 28: Bronx Zoo’s Cobra
Remember her? This sassy invertebrate escaped her N.Y.C. enclosure for a full week before she was found still on Zoo grounds. But that’s not before she spawned a Twitter homage that, as of publishing, has more than 218,000 followers.
Best tweet: “Thinking about seeing ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.’ That Daniel Radcliffe really speaks to me. #snakeonthetown”
Apparently something was in the air on that particularly Thursday. Crystal delivers predictable Yankees love and name-checks on everyone from Bette Midler to Tony Hawk and Steve Jobs. Mandela’s Twitter, primarily a mouthpiece for The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, provides more earnest, inspirational fare.
Best tweet, Crystal: “Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions. Looking forward to the show”
Best tweet, Mandela: “‘#Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying’ #NelsonMandela 1975”
May 27: Alec Baldwin
After a turbulent American Airlines experience, Baldwin deactivated his Twitter account on Dec. 5. Talk about a May-December romance! T.I.P. (Tweet in Peace), Mr. Baldwin.
Best tweet: “Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt.”
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