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Celebrities on Twitter - How To Spot a Fake

Updated on January 27, 2012

Firstly, Why Do Celebrities Use Twitter?

Good question. Why do they do it?

There are two main reasons for this. Firstly it’s to promote themselves – or their latest album, or their television programmes, or their Presidential campaign, or whatever else is going on in their careers at the moment. And let’s face it, with a free Twitter account they could get a lot of free publicity by tweeting the odd update now and then. See my hub list of celebrity tweeters and you'll see there are quite a few of them!

The second reason is simply to connect with their fans. Some are more enthusiastic about this than others (HM the Queen has not posted one single Tweet and has not replied to my messages); the best ones actually respond to their fans and answer specific questions.

Arguably, the best celebrity Tweeters are those who do a mixture of both. They are also the ones who tweet regularly, rather than just tweeting a lot when they coincidentally have something to promote.

The cream of the crop are undoubtedly the ones who enjoy it the most. And of these, the British name Stephen Fry continually comes up as the top dog (see here for a full list). The writer and actor interacts with some of the people who ask him questions, and he clearly loves Twitter.

As such, he – and his followers – get the most out of the experience. Any celebrity trying to keep things one sided isn’t quite as exciting to follow somehow.

For a great set of twitter tips, read my 30 Simple Ways To Supercharge Your Effectiveness On Twitter!

How To Spot A Fake Celebrity Twitter Account

Okay so we know there are plenty of celebrities who use Twitter. But who is for real?

Ghostwritten is not necessarily fake

Firstly, let's distinguish between genuine Twitter accounts that are ghostwritten - like Britney Spears and many others. These attempt to tweet a la Britney and are genuine attempts to make contact and keep in communication by people simply too busy to do it themselves. Yes, I write Twitters for other people. I'm a paid ghostwriter Twitter for hire, but that's a lot less glamorous than it sounds!

There are other twitter accounts that have nothing to do with the alleged celebrities, and are sheer faked.In my hub on celebrity twitter accounts, I list fakes so you can see who is known to be a fake. Do drop by and help keep it updated with all the latest!

So how exactly can you tell whether the celebrity you are following is the real deal or not?

The obvious signs

Well first you need to apply some common sense here. Like are they alive (yes seriously, see see Anna Nicole Smith's Twitter below), or are they an obvious spoof (See Sarah Palin below). Oddly enough, some Fake Twitters can be infinitely more interesting that the originals probably would be, with Sarah Palin being an obvious candidate springing to mind here.

Links to domains

The second thing to look for is links. Link to just one web domain hat isn't an official site usually tells you a FAKE TWITTER is simply trying to drive traffic to their site.

If you have a website of your own, the first thing you are going to do is to link that to your Twitter account – and more importantly, vice versa. So if you come across a ‘celebrity’ Twitter account, see if you can hunt down their website and find such a link.

Thirdly, if the celebrity is genuine they are bound to mention their Twitter presence in as many places as possible. So once again a little research here can often reveal whether they are the real thing.

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

But don’t just focus on the words. Think about the photo as well. Take a good look at the photo that’s being used for the account. Anything but a proper photo is bound to point to a fake. But you should look for easily accessible photos of that celebrity online. If you get a match very quickly then that’s a telltale sign that something’s not right.

And of course, you can also do some research online. There are actually people out there who make it their business to sniff out the real from the artificial.

For a full list of celebrity twitter users, see my hub. And oh yes, you can follow me on twitter here:

For a great set of twitter tips, read my 30 Simple Ways To Supercharge Your Effectiveness On Twitter!

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      Julie-Ann Amos 5 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      Sorry, no idea - just keep trying... or give up! These real people do have lives....

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      Lybrah 5 years ago

      How do I get Munro Chambers to answer me? Normally real celebrities won't answer your tweets, or carry on any correspondance with you. Well done article.

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      brittany 6 years ago

      Ronnie radke appears to have a real twitter (:

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      banitashahi 6 years ago

      hey is there name of justin bieber and selena gomez.i cant find their real twitter .

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      Joe 6 years ago

      Doesn't the Verify check mark now tell you if the celebrity is the real person? On my twitter for I follow a lot of celebrities for my clothing line celebrity hoodies.

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      celebritie 6 years ago

      This is good to know how to spot a celebrity fake twitter account because when I started my twitter account I wanted to follow celebrities to see what they had to say and I couldn't believe all the accounts that were using famous peoples names.

      So I had to search for them in Google search to make sure it was the real thing. Thanks for the tips.

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      justn 7 years ago

      thanks good job

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      Confused 7 years ago

      I was wondering if the celebrity that your following follows you as well does that mean it's a fake account?

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      madnessfor 8 years ago

      really great work..i was wondering and find in your work :)thanks..

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      houseplus 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Yeah lots of marketing gimmics out there, i prefer real people myself.

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      esocial 8 years ago from California

      I was just wondering about this - - -great timing and topic, thanks!

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      Annie 9 years ago

      That's really useful to know thanks!