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Ricky Gervais: When Celebrities Fail At Twitter

Yesterday Ricky Gervais made the decision to quit Twitter.

Ricky Gervais: When Celebrities Fail At Twitter

He’s only been ‘active’ on the service since mid-December, but clearly felt like he’d given it a good go. On his blog, he wrote, “As you may know I’ve stopped with Twitter. I just don’t get it I’m afraid. I’m sure it’s fun as a networking device for teenagers but there’s something a bit undignified about adults using it. Particularly celebrities who seem to be showing off by talking to each other in public. If I want to tell a friend, famous or otherwise what I had to eat this morning, I’ll text them. And since I don’t need to make new virtual friends, it seemed a bit pointless to be honest.

Ricky Gervais: When Celebrities Fail At TwitterI suppose it was meant to be a bit of a marketing tool for The Globes, but they are watched by 25 million people in America alone and maybe 300 million people world wide – tweeting about it would be a drop in the ocean. Also I’ve got the website and I don’t have to restrict things to 140 characters. My tweeting was becoming like a tabloid version of this blog, and I couldn’t even put important stuff like this up.”

(The parts in bold are my own, added for emphasis.)

To be honest, I didn’t even know that Gervais was even on Twitter. And I consider myself to be a fan of the man, particularly his stand-up work. So something there is already not right.

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Track Verified Users On Twitter With @Verified

Since August, Twitter has been logging all the accounts it verifies on the network with a follow on the official @verified account.

Track Verified Users On Twitter With @Verified

It also categorises and places them in one of its respective lists.

Track Verified Users On Twitter With @Verified

This is a nice idea, but essentially useless. If the account sent out a tweet each time it verified somebody – much like @valebrity – it would absolutely be worth a follow.

As it is, because there is no easy way to search which users a given account is following, or to search within the lists of a given account – assuming that is you know who or what you’re searching for in the first place – none of this really helps you at all.

Incidentally, at the time of writing, and assuming this gauge is accurate, Twitter has verified 1,231 users. Against a network size of (at least) 25 million, that’s amazingly small. Looks like yet another half-hearted attempt at what is actually a good idea.

Recommend A Celebrity On Twitter

I’ve ragged on celebrities on Twitter more than once on this blog, and with good reason. But here’s the thing: they’re not all bad. And in a possibly futile endeavour, I’ve set up this page to prove that.

What I’d like you to do is recommend a celebrity on Twitter that we should all follow. Now let’s get one thing crystal clear – I only want the good celebrities. Not the boring ones. Not those that only follow other celebrities. Not (and I’m stretching here) the narcissists.

And not The Jonas Brothers.

What I want is the celebrities that are fun to follow. That are interesting. Those that interact with and reply to their followers. And don’t treat them like fans.

And most importantly: I only want celebrities that write their own tweets.

I’d also like reasons. If you think we should be following this individual, then please provide us with the courtesy of an explanation. You being a huge fan isn’t really good enough for our skeptical minds. We need to know why.

So, go ahead and recommend a celebrity. Heck, recommend a few. I promise I’ll check them out, and if they look cool, I’ll give them a go. And I recommend everybody else does, too. (Remember: the unfollow is the most powerful action on Twitter.)

README: For the purposes of this article, ‘celebrity’ means a person who is famous in the ‘real world’. Not just on the internet, and not just those who make Heat! magazine. If they’re famous to you, then they qualify as a celebrity.

To get us started, here are my recommendations:

Graham Linehan (@glinner)

Graham Linehan

Graham is a writer and actor, most noted for his work on Brass Eye, Father Ted, Big Train and The IT Crowd. In my opinion, he’s arguably ‘taken’ to Twitter better than any other well-known person I’ve seen. He just gets it.

Peter Serafinowicz (@serafinowicz)

Peter Serafinowicz

Serafinowicz, a comedian and impersonator who is a regular on TV panel shows and possibly most famous for providing the voice of Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace, is quite simply a hoot.

Sarah Silverman (@sarahksilverman)

Sarah Silverman

Sarah’s Twitter stream is just flat-out funny. She’s not to everybody’s tastes and a lot of the material is on the wrong end of risqué, but most of the time it’s laugh-out-loud good.

Jimmy Carr (@jimmycarr)

Jimmy Carr

Bit of a cheat putting Carr in here, really, as while he follows quite a few people on Twitter, he doesn’t actually engage with them all that much, certainly when it comes to replies. But he shares an enormous amount of himself within his timeline, often with accompanying Twitpic photographs, and seems to almost use Twitter as a testing ground for his (often very funny) material. Definitely worth a moment of your time.

You’ll notice that everybody I’ve recommended is a comedian. There is of course a clear and valid reason for that – they’re naturally funny, and that makes them interesting. I’m sure there are some non-comedian celebrities on Twitter who are worth a follow. I just haven’t found many… yet.

And that’s where you come in: which Twitter celebrities do you recommend, and why?