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Twitter turns six, but who should you follow?

Twitter celebrated its sixth birthday this week, marking six years since the social network was activated with a simple five letter tweet.

Co-founder Jack Dorsey started Twitter’s success story with the immortal words ‘Just setting up my twtter’. Who knew it would be the start of something so huge?

Twitter has not enjoyed quite the same success as rival Facebook, but it arrived late to the game. Facebook was already going strong in 2006, Twitter was just starting.

But that has not held it back. In just six years the social network has seen more than 532 million accounts set up and literally trillions of tweets sent around the world.

Part of Twitter’s success, a fairly large part, is down to the celebrity enthusiasm for the social network. Celebrities are vain, insecure attention seekers – it’s no wonder they love Twitter so much.

Anyone who was dubious about joining Twitter would have been swayed by seeing their favourite celeb talk about what they had for breakfast. Who wouldn’t want to know that? So who are the best tweeters out there?

Alan Sugar

The new series of The Apprentice has just kicked off on the BBC, so what better time to see what Lord Sugar thinks about various issues?

The head of Amstrad is a prolific tweeter, talking about everything and anything, and enjoying friendly banter with everybody’s favourite expat – Piers Morgan.

Prof Brian Cox

The star-gazing Manchurian is a hit with housewives everywhere, but he’s a big tweeter too. If you’re into your science, he’s a must-follow, and you’re just into him, there’s a few photos to keep you going.

Andrew Keen

We wouldn’t be much of a technology website if we didn’t include a tech bigwig of some kind. One of our favourites is Andrew Keen.

The tech journalist describes himself as the Anti Christ of the Silicon Valley – closely scrutinising the world of technology.


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