As always, I'm a bit late to the Internet phenomenon of the moment. I've already been informed that Tumblr is now the hot new thing. As for Twitter, I'd heard the word spoken many times over the past several months, but hadn't really bothered to look it up. When I finally found out what it was, I frankly had trouble understanding why exactly such a thing existed. The power of the machine at work became recently apparent, when the report of mass layoffs at 1UP.com/EGM had the site's followers turning to terminated employees' Twitter accounts for details, which gave form and faces to the story in the hours immediately following the news.
Of greater interest to me, however, was the discovery that none other than Shaquille O'Neal himself was a prolific Twitterer. Posting as THE_REAL_SHAQ, he apparently started it up to combat a fake Shaq Twitterer. Now he regularly posts banal updates of such barely intelligible, typo-ridden shorthand that it's easy to imagine his gigantic thumbs struggling to hit the right buttons on his phone's keypad. Among other things, he dubs himself "da horse," predicts that Kobe Bryant will be MVP, questions the legality of Kenyon Martin's "big ball jesture, aftamakin a shot," and describes himself as a "now rt now kinda a guy."
The amazing find encouraged me to look for other celebrity Twitters. Fifteen minutes later, I had read enough. While a good number of minor celebrities run Twitters just as useless as Shaq's, few come close in terms of personality. Nevertheless, if anyone else is interested, here's what I found:
Felicia Day from Buffy and Dr. Horrible
Andy Murray, Scottish tennis player, #4 in the world (honestly, his is probably the most entertaining one here, what with his repeated references to something he calls "tennis footie"--quite a welcome contrast to his taciturn demeanor during interviews)