Twitter (TWTR) was no stranger to the spotlight in 2013, as the startup’s highly anticipated November IPO turned heads on Wall Street.
But there wasn’t just buzz around Twitter stock; the social media platform itself was also the place where lots of buzz began over the course of the year. Anything big-time news broke — whether that meant Miley Cyrus twerking, tragic and unexpected deaths or a royal birth — entertaining celebrity tweets and a Twitter trending topic were sure to follow.
And anytime a new celebrity Twitter account was created, that became big-time news as well. George H.W. Bush, for one, penned his first tweet last week. Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook also turned heads with his first tweet in 2013, while celebrity Twitter accounts from Hollywood stars Drew Barrymore, Katie Holmes and Cameron Diaz surfaced as well.
No wonder teens seem to be choosing Twitter over rival platform Facebook (FB), where users are more likely to get updates from a celebrity’s PR team or a friend request from their grandparents.
Let’s take a look at a few newly minted celebrity Twitter accounts from 2013 that upped the social media platform’s cool factor and resulted in famous first tweets.