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Top 5 Celebrities on Twitter


1: Ashton Kutcher

The Kutch
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"No dude - OVER a million followers. Can you even comprehend that?"
There can be only one to rule them all and in Twitterland, it's The Kutch. Actor Ashton Kutcher, best known for TV's "That 70s Show" and for being married to actress Demi Moore, is the undisputed king of Twitter. Kutcher was the first person to gain 1 million followers, and as of April 21, 2009, his Twitter fan base was nearly 1.3 million strong [source: Twitter]. Kutcher has really embraced Twitter, leading to an odd turn when the actor challenged cable TV news giant CNN to a race for 1 million followers in April 2009. Kutcher won by about 30 minutes, and as promised, he donated 10,000 mosquito nets to the charity Malaria No More in the form of a $100,000 check [source: The Guardian].


2: Britney Spears

Britney waxes
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A young fan is startled to find that wax Britney is not breathing - LOL!
Not many celebrities have captured the public eye quite like Britney Spears, the young American singer from Louisiana. From her highs as an award-winning singer playing sold-out shows to her lows as a suspect mother going through a very messy public divorce and breakdown, Spears knows how to get attention. Britney is a bit of an anomaly in the world of Twitter. She joined in October 2008 and only posted about 120 messages over the next seven months [source: twitterholic]. That aside, she has more than one million and rapidly counting followers as of April 2009 [source: Twitter].



3: President Barack Obama

Obama prances
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Too much tweeting could land President Obama in the dog house with Bo.
American President Barack Obama has made history in more than one way. He became the first African-American to hold the highest office in the United States by defeating John McCain in November 2008, and he became the first President to actively use the Internet and social networking Web sites in his campaign. After the election, most people probably thought that President Obama's days of social networking were over. That all changed on March 26, 2009, when Obama sent a tweet about answering questions about the economy. The message included a link to the White House Web site where a video of President Obama urged Americans to write in with economic questions that he would try to answer the following day.


4: Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon
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Jimmy Fallon has big shoes to fill replacing Conan O'Brien. He should twitter about it.
Comedic actor Jimmy Fallon first gained fame as a regular on the iconic NBC late-night television sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live" (SNL). After SNL, Fallon acted in various movies for a few years before replacing "Late Night" host Conan O'Brien on NBC. Conan had taken over the spot for David Letterman in 1993, so Fallon is in good company with his new gig. Starting a TV show takes a lot of time and effort, and Fallon has been good about keeping fans in the know as the show was being crafted and through its launch in March 2009.


5: Shaquille O'Neal

Shaq Fu
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Shaq is a giant on the court and in the world of Twitter.
NBA superstar center Shaquille O'Neal of the Phoenix Suns is a larger than life character. He's well-known for not only being one of the most dominant players in NBA history, but for being a lovable goofball, with fans all over the world. So it should come as no surprise that O'Neal has more than 743,000 people following his tweets [source: Twitter]. 





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