Top 5 Celebrities on Twitter


Shaquille O'Neal

Shaq is a giant on the court and in the world of Twitter.
Shaq is a giant on the court and in the world of Twitter.
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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]. Considering that "Shaq" joined Twitter in December 2008 and has sent out more than 1,100 tweets as of April 2009, there's plenty fans can learn about the towering cutup. Unfortunately, due to Twitter's character limit, you won't find any deep musings from Shaq. His tweets range from the lightly inspirational, "Never celebrate until the task is complete, almost aint good enuff," to the mundane, "I'm n san fran, on my way to Alcatraz, I mite say." When it comes to text messaging and tweet language, a healthy dose of (sic) is required.

Shaq made headlines by twittering a cryptic "Shhhhh" during halftime of a game against the Washington Wizards in March 2009. Another NBA player named Charlie Villanueva posted a halftime tweet about playing better in the second half the week before Shaq did, but didn't get the attention that megastar O'Neal did. Aside from odd messages with interesting spelling choices, Shaq also uses Twitter to give tickets away to fans.