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Posted at 4:33 PM ET, 09/ 7/2010

In light of Kanye West's tweeted apology, we look at ways celebs use Twitter

By Sarah Anne Hughes

Tweet your heart out, Kanye. (Evan Agostini/AP)

Posted by Sarah Anne Hughes Posted has been updated

The Kanye West Twitter apology to Taylor Swift is the stuff that entertainment bloggers' dreams are made of. Did he mean what he tweeted? How will Swift respond? Will they reunite at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards? Who will be the next celebrity to pour their guts out via Twitter?!

When a celeb uses Twitter to, say, promote a movie or album, it makes sense. But when a celebrity uses Twitter to air dirty laundry or bare their soul, the results are sometimes personal, sometimes sad and sometimes hilarious. While celebrities have their own motivations for tweeting, my motivation for reading their tweets is solely for entertainment. In that spirit, here are some ways celebs use Twitter.

To retire and "unretire"
Way back in July 2010, 24-year-old Amanda Bynes retired from acting via Twitter saying, "If I don't love something anymore I stop doing it." She then announced that she had retired. A short while later, she "unretired" from acting in fewer than 140 characters. Since then, it seems Bynes has left Twitter altogether. Maybe her tweet-related publicity wasn't that great after all?

To clear up nasty rumors
While Twitter may be a popular way for younger celebrities to set the record straight, its effectiveness is questionable. Paris Hilton, who now faces felony drug possession charges, was rather ambiguous in her recent attempt to clear her name.

These rumors going around are so ridiculous, untrue and cruel. I'm not going to even pay attention to them, because I know the truth.less than a minute ago via web

This year, Lindsay Lohan has gone to prison, gone to rehab, been released from both, feuded with Joan Rivers and was threatened by Jerry Lewis. Needless to say, it's been a tough year for the starlet, and one full of controversy. Jezebel compiled a list of 20 things Lohan wanted to clear up via Twitter. My favorite of the selected tweets came in response to a photograph of Lohan falling into a bush: "Only I would get pushed into a large, sharp plant by crazy paparazzi!!! I need to start wearing more flats : / " Oh, Lindsay. More problems, more rumors, more tweeting.

To talk smack about their relatives and other famous people
In the midst of Lohan's legal trouble this summer, she warned Michael Lohan to stay away from her. Papa Lohan continually talked to the press about his troubled daughter in the most obvious, publicity hungry way.

I don't want Michael Lohan Sr. anywhere near me, no matter where I am. I am in a great place and he only brings negativity in my world.less than a minute ago via UberTwitter

50 Cent, however, should not yell at his grandmother on Twitter about having to take out the garbage. But at least it seems 50 is treating his grandmother better these days.

I only drink tea after shows. but my grandma loves tea so I bought something for her and something for me http://twitpic.com/2lvhwmless than a minute ago via Twitpic

If 50 Cent wants to dish out nasty comments, he had better be ready to get made fun of. I'm not sure if comedian Aziz Ansari started the #predicting50CentTweets topic on Twitter, but he certainly does it best.

Reality TV star Heidi Montag, who underwent 10 plastic surgery procedures in April, is being threatened by ex Spencer Pratt with the release of a sex tape that might not exist. When she heard the news, she tweeted her animal-like reaction of only two letters and a lot of exclamation points.. I'll let you guess what two.

To get political
Perhaps the most misguided celebrity Twitter use is politically motivated. John Cusack shared his opinion on the proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero. The following tweet sparked what E! Online called a Twitter war between the actor and Fox News.

I AM FOR A SATANIC DEATH CULT CENTER AT FOX NEWS HQ AND OUTSIDE THE OFFICES ORDICK ARMEYAND NEWT GINGRICH-and all the GOP WELFARE FREAKSless than a minute ago via TweetDeck

In a sort of bizzaro Twitter universe, Sen. John McCain tweeted a response to "Jersey Shore" cast member Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi. When speaking to an MTV camera crew, the pouf-sporting reality star explained her switch from tanning beds to spray tans saying, "I don't go tanning-tanning anymore because Obama put a 10 percent tax on tanning and I feel like he did that intentionally for us." She received the following reply from McCain on Twitter.

Haha Yes!! RT @SenJohnMcCain: @Sn00ki ur right, I wouldnever tax ur tanning bed! O's tax policy is quite The (cont) http://tl.gd/1pa3p0less than a minute ago via UberTwitter

What other kooky ways do celebs use Twitter? Tell us in the comments section.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  | September 7, 2010; 4:33 PM ET
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Comments

if you look at many of your celeb tweets, better than half are product placements. So half the time they're just virtual Golden Palace tattoos - shlepping some godawful perfume or sports drink, the rest are the typical adventures in narcissistic personality disorder. But the best part of celeb tweets are how they encourage regular everyday people to think 'gosh - people must care about me just as much' It's Mirsky's worst of the web in 160 char.

But dont get me wrong - I love twitter - it's an amazingly valuable HR tool when you're looking to hire and fire.

Posted by: quintiliusvarus | September 7, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

this guy wants to do her...
thats what this is all about...

Posted by: DwightCollins | September 7, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

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