Social TV: The Top 30 Celebrities to Follow On Twitter

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What makes a celebrity follow-worthy on Twitter? For one thing, we like people who tweet for themselves. If we wanted to hear from someone's publicist or assistant, well... let's be honest: we don't really want to hear from someone's publicist or assistant. Shameless self-promotion is expected, but the less overt, the better. Here's a good example: "So i know you wanna see me juggle 4 awesome, opinionated ladies at the same time. Tune in to watch me co-host 'The View' today!" @JesseTyleFerguson tweeted on Tuesday.

We know the celebrity Twitterverse can be a bit overwhelming, so we've narrowed down a list of our favorites — consider this an update to the last one we put together here. These people are funny, candid, responsive to their fans, and keep self-promotion to a minimum. They engage us by getting into friendly-spats with other celebs (a la @JoelMcHale and @Snooki), and tweeting behind-the-scenes photos, as @FelicityHuffman did recently. Check out our list, complete with sample tweets, and be sure to share your own favorites in the comments.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), @JesseTyler: "Lady to me: "You look very familiar in the face". Me to Lady: "Oh, we'll I am on TV". Lady to me: "No, that's not it"

Simon Cowell (The X Factor), @SimonCowell: "Maybe the winner of @TheXFactorUSA this yr should compete with winner of The Voice & Idol in a super final. Just a thought. I'd be up for it"

Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), @ZooeyDeschanel: "Hey east coast! These ladies are on @newgirlonfox in 30 minutes!"

Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother) @JasonSegel: "Sometimes work is strange."

Whitney Cummings (Whitney), @WhitneyCummings: Before you marry a person you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet to see who they truly are"

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Chris Gorham (Covert Affairs), @Chris_Gorham
: "I can't show you everything, but I can show you this! #SecretCovertAffairsPhotoShoot"

Kristin Chenoweth (GCB), @KChenoweth: "Morning people scare me."

Mindy Kaling (The Office), @mindykaling: "I'm not wishing Beyonce happy birthday on twitter because I am wishing it to her in person on our yacht we share because we're close friends"

Felicia Day (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog), @FeliciaDay: "Whenever I'm paralyzed about making a big decision, I ask myself, 'What is the story I want to tell with my life?' Makes it easier."

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Chelsea Handler (Chelsea Lately), @ChelseaHandler
: "Tonight is probably the funniest episode of chelsea lately we've ever done, and I don't even like the show."

Chris Pratt (Parks and Rec), @PrattPrattPratt: "All New Parks and Recreation tonight at 8:30 on NBC! Lady Gaga Guest Stars!!! (she doesn't) But Kim Kardashian does!!! (Also doesn't)"

Blake Shelton (The Voice), @BlakeShelton: "I'm so drunk right now I just walked into Canadian customs and shouted "Why y'all checkin' me?! Ur the ones with a pot leaf on your flag!!"

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Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), @FelicityHuffman
: "Shooting flashbacks today.20 years,15, and 10. Lets see what magic hair and makeup can whip up! Happy Tuesday flicksters."

Nathan Fillion (Castle), @NathanFillion: "Dear Weekend, Big fan of your work. Anytime you want to put in some overtime, I'm all for it. Nathan"

Aziz Ansari (Parks and Rec), @AzizAnsari
: "Just heard back from my agent did NOT get the part of 'Little Boy That Sings the Star Spangled Banner' in The Dark Knight Rises."

Josh Charles (The Good Wife), @MrJoshCharles: "If you don't watch #TheGoodWife tomorrow you'll make my puppy #Zeus cry. Don't be that person! Tomorrow night at 9pm!"

Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Live!), @JimmyKimmel: "congratulations to ME on being the first ever to hit a BILLION followers! @jimmykimmel !!! oops... apparently, a billion has another zero. disregard."

Josh Malina (The West Wing), @JoshMalina: "Grammy Newsbreak! Ice-T and The Lemonheads to form supergroup, 'Arnold Palmer.'"

Joel McHale (Community), @JoelMcHale: "I saw a woman with a huge chest tattoo that read 'Only God Can Judge Me'. Cool, but I've already gone ahead & done some prelim work."

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Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), @EricStonestreet
: "Ever wonder what a Modern Family table read looks like?"

Chris Colfer (Glee), @ChrisColfer: "I'm so glad to have finally reached the Chihuahua demographic!!! @baytht: @chriscolfer Check out your doggy fan!!"

Patton Oswalt (The King of Queens), @PattonOswalt: "I...can't believe it's over. Oh God, it's really over. Need more scotch. See you guys next year. #DowntonPBS"

Jeff Probst (Survivor), @JeffProbst: "You good with Sizzler? RT @lyndzzz: @JeffProbst i think u should take me out 4 Valentines Day.."

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen), @TheEllenShow: "Why did the ghost go to the bar? For the boos. #ClassicJokeMonday"

Zachary Levi (Chuck), @ZacharyLevi: "Suiting up for the last time. #nerdherdforlife"

Daniel Tosh (Tosh.0), @DanielTosh: "in my experience i have found that the mo money you have, the mo manageable yo problems tend to be."

Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy), @PatrickDempsey: "Lion on the show today"

Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), @ActuallyNPH: "Here's a pic of the family in costume:"

Pauley Perrette (NCIS), @PauleyP: "Dreamt I had a @SteveMartinToGo bobblehead in an elf suit! If I DID I'd put it with my @BarackObama & Abby!"

Ricky Gervais (The Office), @RickyGervais: If I had an award for every time the Daily Mail said my career was over, I'd...oh wait...hold on.. Ha ha"

Do you agree with our list? Who are your favorite celebrities to follow on Twitter?


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