A Twitter feed, where you subscribe to other people's musings, be it a celebrity or a friend (or both, as it often seems on Twitter), is sort of like the locker room segment from the old Nickelodeon series "You Can't Do That on Television."
Twitterers take turns firing off virtual quips, ranging from the informed (a comment on current events) to the mundane ("Making dinner. AKA a peanut butter and jelly :-)") to the highly impractical (
It's an experience through which the walls of celebrity seem broken down while simultaneously remaining sturdily in place in the real world. It can feel safe for celebs who are generally averse to being open in the press. It creates new connections between stars and fans, revealing candid information about daily routines, among other things.
But while the jokesters from "You Can't Do That ..." were often reciting scripted lines, some artists often shared feelings that didn't always jibe with their public personas. Whether it was Chris Brown publicly pining for his former flame Rihanna, or Miley Cyrus being self-conscious about her appearance, the freedom of the micro-blogging site eventually was lost for some celebrities, replaced with what seemed to them like a swarm of Twitter paparazzi — RSS feeds replaced cameras, and bloggers had plenty of content to drive traffic to their own URLs. Some celebrity tweets became headlines.
But while Brown and Cyrus ended up canceling their accounts, others became emboldened by Twitter.
"Kanye west is the biggest piece of sh-- on earth. Quote me," the rock chick wrote.
And she wasn't the only one annoyed with his antics.
"F--- you Kanye," she wrote. "It's like [you] stepped on a kitten."
In the past 12 months, it's like a new Titanic-sized living room was created where instead of your crazy uncle saying inappropriate things at the most inopportune time, it was Diddy. People like
And you don't even have to be stuffed in a locker to do so.