The Twitter phenomenon is the latest social networking trend to hit the scene, and celebrities are cashing in on the craze.
Stars like Oprah Winfrey and Lance Armstrong have immensely popular Twitter pages followed by thousands of members, and it seems a new celeb signs up for an account every day.
But which celebrities are actually worth following?
IrishCentral read through many famous personalities' Tweets, and it just so happens that many of the best Twitterers are Irish-American.
So if you're signed up on the fast-growing Web site, add these interesting, amusing Irish-American celebrities to your "follow" list:
Stephen Colbert: http://twitter.com/stephencolbert
Twitter type: Hilarious
Stephen Colbert, the youngest of 11 children in an Irish Catholic family, is one of the funniest political satirists out there, and he doesn’t fail to please on his Twitter page.
Here’s a sampling of comical tweets the Irish-American television has posted recently:
“I suggest we do what every good American does when dissatisfied with the state of affairs. Watch an episode of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’!”
“The amount of twitter followers is directly proportional to your patriotic manliness.”
“The world is a dirty place, and I am America's lemon-scented wetnap.”
Kathy Griffin: http://twitter.com/officialkathyg
Twitter type: Random
“D-List” celebrity Kathleen “Kathy” Griffin is a popular comedian with the LGBT community – and with the Irish, being a “good” Irish Catholic girl and all.
Griffin is known for her wacky celebrity stories and out-there humor – which is evident when checking out recent amusing tweets on her Twitter page, including the following:
“T.I. looking at my hot asssssss! He's only human.”
“Holy crapballs!!! 2 freakin' EMMY noms. My Mom's already HAMMERED & I've just booked Ryan Seacrest to do my mani/pedi.”
Barack Obama: http://twitter.com/BarackObama
Twitter type: Informative
As a Twitter member and a citizen of the U.S. (or a follower of U.S. politics), you have a duty to follow the American president’s tweets!
This is even more the case if you’re Irish – the president is part Irish, and remember what The Corrigan Brothers sang: “There’s no one as Irish as Barack O’Bama.”
As of now, Barack Obama’s Twitter page is only the seventh most popular, embarrassingly ranking behind both Ashton Kutcher and Britney Spears’ pages.
So c’mon Irish Americans – let’s boost those numbers and show the world we’re not that pathetically Britney-obsessed!
You’ll learn a lot from tweets like these:
“Missed the primetime news conference last night? Watch it here and declare your support: http://bit.ly/88RCW”
“Watch Judge Sotomayor's opening statement at 2:30pm on any cable news channel, or stream it here: http://bit.ly/uS90Q”
Lindsay Lohan: http://twitter.com/sevinnyne6126
Twitter type: Insane
Bored with your friends’ typical tweets and looking to get inside the mind of a truly ridiculous Irish-American celeb?
Just check out Lindsay Lohan’s Twitter page.
From her regular tweets, you’ll get desperation:
“i only have 209,242 followers :( this makes me really sad”
Nonsensical tweets featuring dirty words:
“@BrittanyGastineau you ditched as predicted hooker hehe xo JMuro&LLcoolJ”
And some delusional thoughts:
“@Powaflowa thank Mummy Lohan for that! She's the best woman a girl could ask to have as a mother. True story hehe”
Donnie Wahlberg: http://twitter.com/donniewahlberg
Twitter type: Motivational
Feeling low? Sign up as a follower of actor and New Kids on the Block band member Donnie Wahlberg and you’ll be ready to seize the day in no time.
Donnie, brother of actor Mark Wahlberg, comes from a strong Boston Irish background. Perhaps he’s setting out to prove that the Irish can be happy and positive too!
Reading his tweets is like reading a self-help book; this guy should be a motivational speaker.
Just read for yourself:
“Every moment counts! Every encounter counts! Every smile counts! Every breath counts! Sure- We waste a few- but don't waste this day! LIVE!”
“Today- Make a fresh start in your mind! Leave the doubt, fear and b.s. behind! Never move backwards- don't rewind! Rise... And... GRIND!”
“Even if you simply sit outside with a friend talking and laughing and loving and smiling- just feel good today! Move toward your joy!”