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TwitterScope: Celebrity News of the Week

By March 5, 2012

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Celebrities were especially active on Twitter this past week as the social-messaging network continues to open strange and curious windows into pop culture, especially the chattering celebrity class and hyperactive athletes.

Last week kicked off with the Oscars, where a new twitter account called "Angie's Right Leg" was set up almost as soon as Angelina Jolie appeared in a dress with a revealing slit. "Look at Me!" the account tweeted, and it quickly attracted 10,000 Twitter followers.

A week later, Angie's Right Let was up to 40 tweets and 47,398 followers. Overall, though, the Oscars triggered less tweeting than the Grammys. No surprise there, since most top Twitterers are musicians.

Driver Tweets Live from Daytona 500

Daytona 500 Tweet by Brad Keselowski
LIVE Tweet sent by Brad Keselowski at Daytona 500

Twitter also made national news at the Daytona 500, where racer Brad Keselowski tweeted from the track during the race (he wasn't driving at the time) and picked up more than 100,000 new followers. Even though NASCAR bans cell phones in cars during races, he had his with him and instantly tweeted a picture of the fire on the track that temporarily red-flagged the race. " "Fire! My view" his tweet said.

Later in the week, veteran Twitter employee Ryan Sarver, director of Twitter's platform, tweeted the little-known fact that the famous Twitter bird has a name, Larry, and its namesake is a famous athlete: Larry Bird, the one-time Boston Celtics player who now manages the Indiana Pacers. Who knew?

And the next day, top-Twitterer Lady Gaga hit 20 million followers, a new record on the short-messaging messaging system.

Last month Lady Gaga launched her own social network, LittleMonsters.com. It is intended to be the first in a series of celebrity social networks, so this social media window into our celebrity-obsessed culture is likely to open even wider soon.

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