How to Find Real Celebrities on Twitter

Weed out impersonators by checking for the verification badge

Ever since Oprah gave Twitter a public shout-out in 2009, celebrities have flocked to the site. Some came in, ready to tweet, only to find that half a dozen accounts used their name. In 2009, Twitter came up with a way to help users determine which accounts are legitimate. They assigned a white and blue verified checkmark to profiles they ensured were those of real celebrities.

Twitter only offers the verified badge to accounts for celebrities and businesses that are most likely to be impersonated, so not everyone can get verified.

Find Verified Celebrity Accounts

To find your favorite celebrity on Twitter without the risk of following an impersonator, follow these easy steps.

  1. In the search box in the upper-right corner of the Twitter home screen, enter the name of your favorite celebrity. A list of possible matches appears.

    Twitter home screen with search initiated
  2. If you see one with the verified badge, select it. Otherwise, press Enter on the keyboard.

    Typically, verified accounts show up first on the list, so it isn't difficult to find them.

  3. A search screen appears. Use it to apply filters or select People at the top of the screen to narrow down the options. When you find the account you're looking for, select it.

    Twitter search screen

More Ways to Find Verified Celebrity Twitter Accounts

The second easiest way to find the official account of your favorite celebrity is to look on their website for the branded follow button, which usually includes a white bird on a blue background or a lowercase "t."

Lists of official celebrity Twitter accounts are easy to find on the web. Here are a few resources:

  • Wikipedia's list of the top 50 Twitter accounts is a great place to start. It's loaded with celebrities, politicians, musicians, athletes, and other interesting people.
  • American Idol stars can be found through the @AmericanIdol lists, where a collection of finalists, alumni, winners, judges, hosts, and staff has been put together.
  • 85 Comedians to Follow on Twitter is a great starter list to check out if you're looking for more giggles in your feed.
  • CSPAN has a curated list of U.S. congress members on Twitter. If you follow politics, this is an invaluable resource.

Another way to find celebrities is word of mouth. Look at the other celebrities your favorite star follows. Typically, they only follow real accounts, and they don't follow many people.

Celebrities can be easily found, discovered, and followed on Twitter with the right combination of search skills and web searches.

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