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Mr. Boffo
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#1 Posted on 10.2.09 1531.42
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While seeing W users Twitters accounts is fun, I'm more interested to know what "famous" people you're following.

I'm following (click the name to go to their twitter page where you can add them should you wish):

@pvponline-webcartoonist Scott Kurtz, who does the comic Player Vs. Player.
@krisstraub-webcartoonist Kris Straub, who does the comics Starslip and Chainsawsuit.
@loresjoberg-Lore Sjberg, writer of the Alt Text column at wired.com / webcartoonist of the comic Bad Gods.
@jonathancoulton-Jonathan Coulton, musician/internet superstar.
@jephjacques-Jeph Jacques, webcartoonist who writes the strip Questionable Content.
@paulandstorm-Paul & Storm, professional singing persons.
@JohnCleese-yes, John Cleese.
@zefrank-internet personality Ze Frank.
@hijinksensue-webcartoonist Joel Watson of Hijinks Ensue.
@guigar-webcartoonist Brad Guigar of Evil Inc..
@hodgman-author, actor, and Resident Expert John Hodgman.
@Drdrew-Dr. Drew of "Loveline".
@stephenfry-British comedy writer / vocal talent Stephen Fry.
@wigu-webcartoonist Jeffrey Rowland of the comics Overcompensating and Wigu.
@asym, the staff of Asymetric Publications, LLC, the company responsible for the Kingdom of Loathing game.
@jim_sterling-writer for video game website Destructoid.com; also one of the hosts of the Podcastle, Destructoid's European podcast.
@THE_REAL_SHAQ-as far as I can tell, the real Shaquille O'Neal, twittering from a cell phone. While not every celebrity on twitter really is that celebrity, the creators allow a famous person to claim a username from a pretender.
@levarburton-likewise, the real LeVar Burton, best known from "Star Trek: TNG", "Roots", and "Reading Rainbow". Has been known to converse with wilw, the esteemed (in geek circles) Wil Wheaton.
@rainnwilson-also also, the real Rainn Wilson, from NBC's "The Office".

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#2 Posted on 10.2.09 1550.06
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My entire list, in the order Twitter presented them to me:

The Cubs Fan
The Bucs Fan
Guy from work
Friend from school
Kim's friend Jane
Kim
Another guy from work
TVNewser.com
Mayor Rybak
The W
James
OlbermannWatch.com
AmazonMP3
Albert
"NetBackup"
Jeff "9" Hansen
Wendy and Lisa
Kim's friend Lola
The 7
Prettyloaded.com
and GEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEENE

The 7 updates too often.
The W updates JUST QUITE not often enough.

I probably followed about half of these people because they followed me first.
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#3 Posted on 10.2.09 1742.17
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Celebrities:
- THE_REAL_SHAQ - Twitter's killer app
- Penn Jillette
- Danko Jones
- John Cleese

News and Politics:
- CBC Saskatchewan
- Barack Obama
- Jack Layton
- Elizabeth May

People who post here sometimes:
- CRZ
- Kim
- Gene
- Albert
- Cubs
- Jeff

And about a dozen or so friends from work or the internet.
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#4 Posted on 10.2.09 2045.26
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Celebrities
John Hodgman
Penn Jillette (just now)
John Cleese
Barack Obama
Rainn Wilson
Jeph Jacques (Questionable Content)
Wil Wheaton
Richard Stevens (Diesel Sweeties)
Jonathan Coulton

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Brian Dermody
Kevin Marshall?

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Threadless.com
Pulse Wrestling
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#5 Posted on 11.2.09 1050.24
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I like Twitter...but I'll see if I still like it a few months from now.

Anyhow, who am I following?

From the board:

Hansen9J
DrJayPHD
JWrestle
Kjames
TheCubsFan

Celebs: Rainn Wilson only.
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#6 Posted on 11.2.09 1356.37
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So how often do some of these celebs Tweet? I am thinking of dipping my toes into the listening end of things, but I'm not sure I can take minute by minute updates of Stephan Fry trapped in a lift (amusing as that must have been). Does Twitter even make sense if you read your feed only once or twice a day or every couple days? When I have tried to read a feed that isn't happening real time, it seems hard to figure out what people are specifically responding to and feels a bit disjointed. If you subscribe do you only see the subscribee's tweets and then have the option to read responses? Sort of like looking at your friends page on blogger or LJ?

Cause I see some people listed here that I wouldn't mind checking out what they Tweet, but I'm still very hesitant.
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#7 Posted on 11.2.09 1442.05
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    Originally posted by Lise
    So how often do some of these celebs Tweet? [...] Does Twitter even make sense if you read your feed only once or twice a day or every couple days? [...] If you subscribe do you only see the subscribee's tweets and then have the option to read responses?
In Canada, you can't get tweets delivered by SMS to your phone (I'm sure there are workarounds, I just don't have one in use) and my work web filter blocks Twitter, so I routinely go 18 hours or longer without checking Twitter. Usually, I just scroll back to where I left off and read updates in the order they came in and it is fine. It might be too much to take in if I was following more people (or chattier people).

As far as responses, you only see responses from people you are also following. If kzim starts a tweet by saying "@rubytrax," I will see it because I am following both CRZ and Kim. But if kzim starts a tweet with "@rainnwilson," I won't see it because I am not following Rainn Wilson.

Some celebrities update several times a day. Others update once a month or less. Same as anyone else.

I think you can always check out what someone's saying without signing up - just check http://twitter.com/jameskalyn (or replace jameskalyn with "THE_REAL_SHAQ" or "pennjillette" or "JohnCleese' or whoever). I'd test it myself, but I'm at work.
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#8 Posted on 11.2.09 1558.42
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    Does Twitter even make sense if you read your feed only once or twice a day or every couple days?


Depends on the people and how much they spend replying to other people.


    If you subscribe do you only see the subscribee's tweets and then have the option to read responses?


You see the tweets from all the people you subscribe. If it's a replay to someone else, they'll use a @username convention, which twitter automatically links to that person's account. But, because they're so small messages, it doesn't give you a permalink to the exact message they're responding to. So you've have to scan thru the other person's tweets to figure out the conversation, which is a bit iffy at best. There's probably a website that fixes it better, because there seems to be a million twitter related websites.

I think that's why twitter has caught on - after you sign up, you don't really even need to use twitter.com website, because there I use Google Reader to follow tweets. Twitter password protects your RSS feed, and Google Reader still doesn't know how to handle password protected RSS feeds, but you can use a inbetween website like http://freemyfeed.com/ to have it strip away the authentication.

I follow Shaq because Shaq is hilarious (and also like months ahead of me on figuring out how to use twitpic.com) but I don't follow anyone else 'famous' because I don't really care about their lives (unless they are hilarious.) Rather follow people I know, or sort of know, or who only post about their yogurt choices. The other thing is, at 19 people, there's our times where it's enough content for me and I don't need any more. I don't know how people follow 100s of people or whatever.

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#9 Posted on 11.2.09 1732.03
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I've unfollowed people when I found that they were monopolizing my twitter viewing. I'd try that. Someone with 20K followers isn't going to get offended if they lose one.
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#10 Posted on 12.2.09 0802.39
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    Originally posted by thecubsfan

      If you subscribe do you only see the subscribee's tweets and then have the option to read responses?


    You see the tweets from all the people you subscribe. If it's a replay to someone else, they'll use a @username convention, which twitter automatically links to that person's account. But, because they're so small messages, it doesn't give you a permalink to the exact message they're responding to. So you've have to scan thru the other person's tweets to figure out the conversation, which is a bit iffy at best.

There is a setting in the preferences to only see the @replies to people you're following. It clears up the clutter quite a bit.

The only "celebrities" I follow are the guys from the Around Comics podcast, DC artist Mike Norton, and Leo LaPorte. I tried following Wil Wheaton, Brent Spiner, and LeVar Burton, but they were tweeting so much it pushed everything else off the screen.

Otherwise I pretty much just follow people I know in real life.
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#11 Posted on 23.2.09 1301.07
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Right now I am following Ashton Kutcher (aplusk) for no real reason other than I stumbled upon him and I plan to add MC Hammer once my twitter stalker quits following me so I can log back on without adding them
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#12 Posted on 26.2.09 1050.13
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I really don't like the concept of Twitter (PennyArcade has a comic that explains why) but celebrities doing it is kinda neat. So I am only using it to follow some celebs and not Twitting myself. :p

The Star Trek trio of Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, and Wil Wheaton.
John Cleese.
Stephen Fry.
Adam Savage from MythBusters - This ended up being cool not only because it's Adam Savage and he'll TwitPic behind-the-scenes stuff, but he announced Kari Byron's pregnancy on Twitter ages before any news service or anything like that

Felicia Day.
Jonathan Coulton.
John Hodgman.
Rainn Wilson.
John McCain.

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#13 Posted on 26.2.09 1958.51
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I really only follow Rainn Wilson, CRZ, and The Onion. I probably go on and look every few days and laugh at all of the funny headlines and stuff Rainn throws up there.


Oh, and the joy that is CRZ's yogurt of the day.
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#14 Posted on 27.2.09 0851.04
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There is a site now that verifies if celebrities are actually who they say they are.

Granted, this is not all the celebrities on Twitter but it's the only ones they can confirm via official website, announcing it on TV, etc.

The site is here: Click Here (valebrity.com)
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#15 Posted on 18.4.09 0921.13
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Speaking of people you are following, can anyone tell me if there's a way to update the "Following" icons that show up on the right-hand side of one's Twitter page?

I'm currently following 22 people, but all that shows up on my "public" site is the first five recommended individuals I followed when I initially signed up for my account (Wheaton, Shaq, Penn, Rainn, and the NBA) ... I even tried deleting Jillete just to see if that would make the icons "refresh", but no dice (in fact, Jillete's icon refuses to leave!).

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#16 Posted on 18.4.09 1435.06
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If I might make a suggestion to the "powers that be", perhaps a Twitter ID should be added to the profile page?
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#17 Posted on 18.4.09 1454.19
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    Originally posted by Leroy
    If I might make a suggestion to the "powers that be", perhaps a Twitter ID should be added to the profile page?
Ah suppose we should get around to doing that...
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#18 Posted on 5.8.09 1314.14
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I've decided to give Twitter another shot. Second time's the charm?

Anyhow, I'm trying to get my list back together of people here I used to follow, but for the time being I have:

-CRZ (@kzim)
-drjayphd (@drjayphd)
-Guru Zim (@guruzim)
-jwrestle (@jonfun)
-KJames199 (@jameskalyn)
-Karlos The Jackal (@drowsy)
-PeterStork (@peterstork)
-ShippeWreck (@JoshShippe)
-Super Shane Spear (@swedding)

Celebritywise, I'm following:

-MC Frontalod (@MC_Frontalot)

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#19 Posted on 5.8.09 1315.46
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One day I will Twitter something, I promise.
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#20 Posted on 5.8.09 1643.23
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My one celebrity I follow is indie artist Ingrid Michaelson. She is awesome.

I follow a few other sort-of regionally famous people, but otherwise just end up following people who follow me for some reason.

(EDIT: Forgot about the fake celebrity I follow)

(edited by Mr Heel II on 5.8.09 1900)
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