Why Twitter Is So Popular With the Rich and Famous

Zoe Bishop
Mar 29, 2011
Updated • Jan 4, 2018
Companies, Internet, Twitter

A few years ago, the social networking site Twitter was virtually unheard of. However, it then started becoming very popular with the rich and famous, prompting a massive surge in users from the general population. Or was it the other way round? What is it that makes this website so popular with the majority of those in the public eye? Well, there are several things that make this the case.

Firstly, there is the ability to get their side of the story out there before the papers publish stories that famous people do not want to be believed. For example, many celebrities have taken to Twitter the night before a big story is due to be published to tell their fans that what they are going to be reading is not true.

Whether they are telling the truth or not is not important, it is the fact that they are able to reach their entire fan base within a matter of seconds. This is one of the reasons why Twitter is a really useful tool for those in the public eye. Take a look at the celebrity boxer Amir Khan below doing just that!

celeb twitter message

Another reason that many celebrities have commented on is that they are able to have more of a connection with their fans. Of course, there are many other ways to do this, but Twitter offers more of a personal approach. Many people use this site to talk directly to their fans on a one to one basis; something that just wasn’t possible with other sites that claim to offer the same thing. Not only is this popular with the famous users, but also their fans.

Publicity is a very important part of being famous, and Twitter is one sure fire way to gain maximum exposure. The Twitter platform allows the famous users to get information to fans in an efficient manner. It is also a fantastic way of promoting events, new releases, or even interviews that are available online. Once a piece of information is published on Twitter it is then available for millions of people to see. Of course, this is a big part of the popularity of this website with the rich and famous.

Twitter offers a very fast form of communication, and for those in the public eye, it seems to be a very easy way of communicating with their other famous friends. The downside to this is that the conversation is available for everyone to see, but to many celebrities, this is an advantage. As you can see, there are a lot of different things that make this social networking tool a massive hit with the rich and famous. Everyday more and more famous people are joining up and sharing information with the world, something that seems to be highly advantageous to them.

Let’s take a look! We’ll use President Obama as an example.

celebrity twitter

In the top right hand corner you can see a ‘follow’ button. All you have to do is make sure you are signed into your Twitter account. Once you are signed in, you click on the person that you want to follow, click on the button in the right hand corner and it is that simple, you are now able to follow all of your favourite celebrities.

So, you know how to follow a celebrity, but how do you actually find them in the first place? Well, the easiest way of doing this is by using the built in search function on Twitter as shown below. Again, we’ll use President Obama as our example.

As you can see, by simply entering ‘Obama’ into the search function at the top of the page you can bring up a page of result. By clicking on the ‘People’ tab you will see that the Twitter page for President Obama is at the top of the page. You can then click on the page and follow the President. It really is as simple as that. If a celebrity has a Twitter page then there is no reason why you cannot follow them.

If you are new to Twitter then you might be wondering about celebrities that you can follow. Some of the biggest famous names are active on Twitter and waiting for you to follow them. Let’s have a look at some of the most popular famous people that are currently Tweeting.

  • Understandably, one of the most popular ‘celebrity’ Tweeters is President Barack Obama. As it stands the president has over seven million followers on his page. By following him you are able to receive updates about what is happening within the Whitehouse, as well as information about public appearances and speeches that are due to take place.
  • Love her or hate her, Paris Hilton is one of the most popular celebrities on Twitter. If you want updates about the heiress, or want to know what is going on in the life of Miss Hilton, then you should definitely follow her.
  • Another popular Hollywood star that is worth following on Twitter is Ashton Kutcher. The comedy actor seems to be very popular and Tweets daily. If you want to hear about new movies that he is going to be starring in, or what he is doing when he has time off them you should follow him

Websites like Celebrity Tweet, Celebrity Twitter or We Follow are good places to find celebrity Twitter users as well. The benefits of those sites are that you find a listing of many celebrity Twitter users on them, and that it is less likely that you fall pray to a fake celebrity which can happen if you use Twitter's search.


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  1. The Dark Lady said on July 9, 2023 at 11:19 am

    Martin, I would appreciate that you do not censor this post, as it’s informative writing.

    Onur, there is a misleading statement “[…] GIFs are animated images …”. No, obviously you don’t seem to have take much notice of what you were told back in March regarding; Graphics Interchange Format (GIF).

    For example, https://www.ghacks.net/2023/03/31/whats-gif-explanation-and-how-to-use-it/#comment-4562919 (if you had read my replies within that thread, you might have learnt something useful). I even mentioned, “GIF intrinsically supports animated images (GIF89a)”.

    You linked to said article, [Related: …] within this article, but have somehow failed to take onboard what support you were given by several more knowledgeable people.

    If you used AI to help write this article, it has failed miserably.

  2. KeZa said on August 17, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    AI is stupid, and it will not get any better if we really know how this all works. Prove me wrong.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IYl1sTIOHI

  3. Database failure said on August 18, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    Martin, [#comment-4569908] is only meant to be in: [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/07/09/how-to-send-gifs-on-iphone-two-different-ways/]. Whereas it appears duplicated in several recent random low-quality non relevant articles.

    Obviously it [#comment-4569908] was posted: 9 July 2023. Long before this thread even existed… your database is falling over. Those comments are supposed to have unique ID values. It shouldn’t be possible to duplicate the post ID, if the database had referential integrity.

  4. Howard Pearce said on August 25, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Don’t tell me!

    Ghacks wants the state to step in for STATE-MANDATED associations to save jobs!!!

    Bring in the dictatorship!!!

    And screw Rreedom of Association – too radical for Ghacks maybe

  5. Howard Allan Pearce said on September 7, 2023 at 9:13 am

    GateKeeper ?

    That’s called “appointing” businesses to do the state’s dirty work!!!!!

    But the article says itself that those appointed were not happy – implying they had not choice!!!!!!

  6. owl said on September 7, 2023 at 9:50 am

    @The Dark Lady,
    @Database failure,
    @Howard Pearce,
    @Howard Allan Pearce,

    Note: I replaced the quoted URI scheme: https:// with “>>” and posted.

    The current ghacks.net is owned by “Softonic International S.A.” (sold by Martin in October 2019), and due to the fate of M&A, ghacks.net has changed in quality.
    >> ghacks.net/2023/09/02/microsoft-is-removing-wordpad-from-windows/#comment-4573130
    Many Authors of bloggers and advertisers certified by Softonic have joined the site, and the site is full of articles aimed at advertising and clickbait.
    >> ghacks.net/2023/08/31/in-windows-11-the-line-between-legitimate-and-adware-becomes-increasingly-blurred/#comment-4573117
    As it stands, except for articles by Martin Brinkmann, Mike Turcotte, and Ashwin, they are low quality, unhelpful, and even vicious. It is better not to read those articles.
    How to display only articles by a specific author:
    Added line to My filters in uBlock Origin: ghacks.net##.hentry,.home-posts,.home-category-post:not(:has-text(/Martin Brinkmann|Mike Turcotte|Ashwin/))
    >> ghacks.net/2023/09/01/windows-11-development-overview-of-the-august-2023-changes/#comment-4573033

    By the way, if you use an RSS reader, you can track exactly where your comments are (I’m an iPad user, so I use “Feedly Classic”, but for Windows I prefer the desktop app “RSS Guard”).
    RSS Guard: Feed reader which supports RSS/ATOM/JSON and many web-based feed services.
    >> github.com/martinrotter/rssguard#readme

  7. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    We all live in digital surveillance glass houses under scrutiny of evil people because of people like Musk. It’s only fair that he takes his turn.

  8. Anonymous said on September 18, 2023 at 1:31 pm

    “Operating systems will be required to let the user choose the browser, virtual assistant and search engine of their choice. Microsoft cannot force users to use Bing or Edge. Apple will have to open up its iOS operating system to allow third-party app stores, aka allow sideloading of apps. Google, on the other hand, will need to provide users with the ability to uninstall preloaded apps (bloatware) from Android devices. Online services will need to allow users to unsubscribe from their platform easily. Gatekeepers need to provide interoperability with third-parties that offer similar services.”

    Wonderful ! Let’s hope they’ll comply with that law more than they are doing with the GDPR.

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