Celebrities' Latest Must-Have: Twitter

"Twitter is my way of keeping up to date with my fans. I can respond to Twitter much quicker than if I was using MySpace," said adult film star Sasha Grey, who's starring in Steven Soderbergh's upcoming "The Girlfriend Experience" this spring. "We live in a sound bite day and age, and [Twitter] is quite fitting."

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has been using Twitter to disseminate "The Diddy Code," his thoughts on how to live, to his almost 300,000 person following. Earlier this week, he tweeted:

"THE DIDDY CODE: "You get what you give" Imma send yall 1 diddy code a day. Just some things I live by. Not that u have to do the same"

Followed by:

"DIDDY CODE: Don't HATE CONGRATULATE!!!! Let's go! Let's go! Let's go!!!"

And:

"Also FOR The record: I ALSO LOVE WOMEN OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES!!!! Let's go people!!! We are all BEAUTIFUL children of GOD!!!"

One's level of fame in mainstream society doesn't necessarily translate in the Twitter microcosm. While Diddy, a rap industry mogul, boasted an impressive 290,000 followers earlier this week, Perez Hilton, a celebrity blogger, beat out his fan base with 305,000 followers.

Stars Seek Twitter Experts

Perez uses Twitter not only to connect with his followers but also to keep tabs on his blog's celebrity subjects.

"They're a lot more unguarded on Twitter, especially because they can update it easily from their phones," he said. "So there could be celebrities that are drunk twittering, that are twittering high. It's a more direct means of communication that bypasses managers, studios, publicists -- it's good and bad for celebrities."

Authenticity sometimes becomes a question on Twitter. Accounts purporting to belong to Courtney Love and Lindsay Lohan gained media attention earlier this month for their flurry of seemingly alcohol/substance-induced tweets, but neither their publicists nor anyone close to them would verify that the stars were indeed behind the messages.

"I once met Mary Kate Olsen at a nightclub and later got a message from her, but I find it hard to believe that Mary Kate Olsen's following my Twitter," Griffin said.

So they're still ironing out the kinks. But with its immediacy and mobility, Twitter is likely to be a celebrity favorite for some time, at least until the next new hot micro-blogging network comes along to eclipse it. Griffin said she's committed to learning the ins and outs of Twitter from an expert.

"I'm hanging out with Paris Hilton for an episode of 'The D-List," and I would assume that she would be very into the Twittering, so I will get a lesson from Paris Hilton," she said. "You're not going to find many people saying they're going to get a lesson about anything from Paris Hilton except maybe a lesson on how to make a sex tape, but I will have Paris Hilton be my guide and I will get her to Twitter with me."

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