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List of Twitter users[edit]

I'm guessing a merge is in order, assuming it survives AFD, which seems likely. Dennis Brown - © 01:43, 2 June 2012 (UTC)

Proposal to merge[edit]

There is a clear consensus that two article are not needed and thus a merger is needed, and that List of Twitter users should be merged into Use of Twitter by celebrities and politicians. Armbrust, B.Ed. WrestleMania XXVIII The Undertaker 20–0 07:12, 17 July 2012 (UTC)
The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

List of Twitter users is now completely redundant to Use of Twitter by celebrities and politicians and duplicates its content. Aside from being misleading as if its a list of anybody who users twitter. The subject can basically be covered in the other article and I think a redirect is most appropriate.♦ Dr. Blofeld 09:09, 11 June 2012 (UTC)

(comments made while this discussion was hosted at Talk:List of Twitter users) P.S. I also oppose largely because this is being done without following protocol. Just two days after Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/List of Twitter users closed, this attempt was made to delete this article. After I restored the article with an explanatory edit summary, this merger proposal was initiated without following procedure. I.E.,
  1. There is no template at either List of Twitter users or Use of Twitter by celebrities and politicians, while both should have either {{merge}}, {{mergeto}} or {{mergefrom}} templates
  2. Failing announcing the discussion with the proper templates all discussants at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/List of Twitter users should have been contacted. Since this is a second attempt to delete the article that all of those users were concerned about.--TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 13:31, 11 June 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for the note TTT. Have accordingly placed tags and also moved this discussion on this host page. §§AnimeshKulkarni (talk) 13:57, 11 June 2012 (UTC)
It would be nice if all the AFD discussants were notified.--TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 14:02, 11 June 2012 (UTC)
& what am i getting in return? Face-wink.svg §§AnimeshKulkarni (talk) 14:14, 11 June 2012 (UTC)
The satisfaction of helping us achieve a proper consensus.--TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 15:22, 11 June 2012 (UTC)
Satisfaction!?! §§AnimeshKulkarni (talk) 07:03, 13 June 2012 (UTC)


Support (merge List of Twitter users here)

  • Yes: Please at least do that. We don't want same stuff in tables and paras. Someone might make a poem or .jpg and upload it soon. §§AnimeshKulkarni (talk) 11:46, 11 June 2012 (UTC)
  • For the same reasons I outlined at the AfD. ("At this point, the article seems unlikely to grow beyond the few people (celebrities and politicians) who have articles about their use of it seems logical to have the info about their use of Twitter in an article about the use of Twitter by celebs and politicians.") Nolelover Talk·Contribs 12:28, 11 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Support merge, in either direction. Any part that isn't already redundant can be added or left out. Dennis Brown - © 16:29, 11 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Support - as an interim step until consensus can be established that most of this is pointless and meaningless recentist fluff which has no more place in Wikipedia than an article about who used to post on Usenet or who used to have a MySpace page. --Orange Mike | Talk 16:32, 11 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Support I have nothing new to add here. I already showed my support of this in the List of Twitter users AfD. Statυs (talk) 17:37, 11 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Support. As I commented in the AFD, this articles are pretty similar and I think this one is a better way to handle it than the list. Robofish (talk) 17:54, 11 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Support. this and the section that follow are virtually the same (copy-pasted somewhat) as the list that was AfD'd ("Text from Lady Gaga on Twitter, Justin Bieber on Twitter, Barack Obama on Twitter, and Ashton Kutcher on Twitter; with some original prose giving it context" --Uncle G.'s edit summary) Why do we need the same stuff on 2 or 3 pages? Makes no sense. (I'm new here, so I'm literally asking — why?). Merging it the other way around is counterproductive, both for reasons given in my AfD comment ("As it stands, the name implies that it's a list of every Twitter user ever and that's just silly. But if we rename it then the name becomes similar to Use of Twitter by celebrities and politicians and the two will basically have the same function.") While, as BDD points out, it's more correct to use List of Twitter users, I'd rather be not confusing than correct. So that's my wall o' text about this. CarniCat (meow) 06:13, 12 June 2012 (UTC)
    • You are absolutely correct, there is (was) far too much duplication. What happened was the note section was copied from the Twitter accounts individual pages, which were then copied into the use by famous people article. It should have been trimmed earlier, but nobody (myself included) got around to it. Having said that, I have trimmed it per Tony's suggestion the list talk page (although not exactly, and it can still use some improvement if anyone were inclined). --kelapstick(bainuu) 06:42, 12 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Support If it turns two of these into one, then it's an improvement. I don't care about the name, but to see the table nestled into an article of prose would be good. Anna Frodesiak (talk) 06:13, 13 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Support This is the best solution. However a criteria should be set for whom to be listed. ♛♚★Vaibhav Jain★♚♛ Talk Email 07:01, 13 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Support merge, without prejudice on "where".Cavarrone (talk) 08:14, 19 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Get rid of List of Twitter users: The list will either be not exhaustive or too fluid (if you say just the top n twitter users). Since merge is the alternative placed out there, I'll take it pbp 13:40, 29 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Strong support, and should have been done long ago.♦ Dr. Blofeld 11:40, 12 July 2012 (UTC)


Merge this article into List of Twitter users

  • Support The original proposal is preferable to maintaining both articles, though I'd actually rather see them merged the other way, into List of Twitter users. "Celebrities and politicians" is either an arbitrary grouping or a weaselly way of saying "notable people," which is prohibited under WP:LISTNAME. Note that the same policy also means "List of Twitter users" isn't supposed to be about all Twitter users (as I argued during the AFD; mea culpa). --BDD (talk) 16:40, 11 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Support A more inclusive name that is flexible in the face of unforeseen challenges. I admire the accuracy of the "politicians and celebrities" grouping as having nailed the current set of Twitter users, but what if an organization, for example, becomes popular? I suppose it would be possible to change it back, but I would prefer to do it right the first time. Anarchangel (talk) 19:21, 11 June 2012 (UTC)



  • Not completely redundant, there is the one at the bottom. They should be added to the main list, notes trimmed per TTT above, and moved to list of accounts instead of users. --kelapstick(bainuu) 12:28, 11 June 2012 (UTC)
    • I added Fiksimini to the list again, complete with ranking (7,975 for those who are interested). As there are two Twitter accounts on here that do have articles, and are not celebrities or politicians, merging the page to Use of Twitter by celebrities, politicians, advertisers, and Indonesian amature writers does seem highly impractical.--kelapstick(bainuu) 06:30, 12 June 2012 (UTC)
      • For all non-celebrity, non-politician Twitter users there is an article Twitter usage. You may include these one lines with their ranks in there. §§AnimeshKulkarni (talk) 07:06, 13 June 2012 (UTC)
        • Alternatively, we could have a list of Twitter accounts that have Wikipedia articles, wait a minute, we do! --kelapstick(bainuu) 07:16, 13 June 2012 (UTC)
          • Hey, why these "Horse ebooks" and "Fiski Mini" listed anyways? They rank 344 & 7975 resp. Would we be having all above 7975 too? §§AnimeshKulkarni (talk) 07:26, 13 June 2012 (UTC)
            • As it is a list of Twitter accounts, they are listed because they are Twitter accounts with Wikipedia articles. No we would not have all above 7,975, which is the point I am trying to make on the other talk page, we should set the criteria as accounts with articles, not a random top 10, top 20, top 567, or whatever. --kelapstick(bainuu) 07:28, 13 June 2012 (UTC)
              • So that article page is just like a category, which also exists. Here, on this article you can enter Twitter usuage of other people too who aren't notable enough to have their own article. §§AnimeshKulkarni (talk) 09:51, 13 June 2012 (UTC)
                • First, this isn't the same as a category, as it has more information. Second, I don't know why you think that I want to include every Twitter account in this list as I have said at least four times (including the comment that you are directly replying to) that this list should be restricted to accounts that have Wikipedia articles, and not just any random Twitter account that has been mentioned in the press at some point in time. If you aren't going to read my comments, I would appreciate your not replying to them. --kelapstick(bainuu) 11:11, 13 June 2012 (UTC)
──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── ... as well as accounts, used by notable people, that are not notable enough for a stand-alone article. If you are not going to actually read my comments, I would appreciate your not replying to them. --George Ho (talk) 10:14, 13 June 2012 (UTC)
Kelapstick, would not adding them increase chances of future merger proposals? --George Ho (talk) 11:46, 13 June 2012 (UTC)
I am not sure I follow you. Basically this list, as it sits now (after my trimming per Tony's suggestion), is a listing of Twitter accounts that have articles on Wikipedia. The accounts have one (maybe two) bullet points about the account, the ranking, etc. If you are suggesting that the account that Drew Carey is buying for $1,000,000 could be included with the same sort of information, my answer is: yes it could. Personally I don't want to see it because my opinion is we should only have accounts that have their own articles (that is five times now), but that is just my opinion on the matter and others may see it otherwise. I know you do, and that's fine. I don't own this list, and if it is decided to include accounts that have received significant coverage, but not enough for a stand alone article, than I have to live with that. And I can. Quite frankly, I don't really care one way or the other if this (or the other) article is kept, deleted, merged, expanded, or whatever. I just gave my opinion, and that is what it is, my opinion. I am participating in this discussion to state what I think should happen, and clarifying on the misconception that I think that every person on the Bondi tram who creates a Twitter account should be listed here. That's all.--kelapstick(bainuu) 12:25, 13 June 2012 (UTC)
  • I am not entirely sure that this is the better one of the redundant articles to get rid of.--TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 13:19, 11 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Some of the articles in this list don't quite fit the scope for the new list (Fiksi Mini and Horse ebooks, for example) — Crisco 1492 (talk) 22:47, 11 June 2012 (UTC)
  • What Crisco 1492 says: You can talk about Kevin Rudd's use of Twitter but per the manual of style regarding lists, he could not be ON THE LIST because an article about his Twitter usage would likely be non-notable. Ditto with Matt Moran, whose twitter usage was covered in a number of Australian news articles. --LauraHale (talk) 06:20, 12 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Back then, merging two articles were reasonable, but I have doubts that it would resolve anything. Right now, List of Twitter users have been improved, and it has two non-celebrity accounts. This page needs cleanup and article renaming, but merging would be chaos. I'm thinking about adding Drew Carey's Twitter account into this page and the list, but I need support from people, and the Carey thing will be dealt with later. --George Ho (talk) 06:06, 13 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Oppose Considering there are two Twitter account articles on the list that are not celebrities or politicians, I think it's inappropriate to merge. The List of Twitter Users (with a requirement of only listing those accounts that have articles) is the appropriate top-level article for the subject. Meanwhile, this article goes into much further detail specifically for celebrities and politicians and their relationship to Twitter. It is not a list and nor should it be, because it's focus isn't to list such accounts, but to discuss how twitter is used by celebrities and politicians in a notable fashion. SilverserenC 11:12, 19 June 2012 (UTC)
If this must be kept, at least fill out the top 10 users which were previously listed and add some information which doesn't exist in the other article.♦ Dr. Blofeld 15:57, 19 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Examples of pop celebrities have been removed while this article has been renamed into "Use of Twitter by the famous". --George Ho (talk) 15:01, 29 June 2012 (UTC)


I don't know: I've seen arguments of similarity between two articles that justify supporting a merge; these do not help me either support or oppose this proposal. If either one has not been created, we would have not been here discussing this issue. This article is about celebrities and politicians using Twitter. The other table-format list could have news-covered person using Twitter, famous or not, but both look mergeable at their conditions. --George Ho (talk) 21:25, 11 June 2012 (UTC)

I don't have an opinion as of year. I'd be inclined to rename this to Twitter in popular culture and politics, and then leave the list of users as a separate thing. Expand the scope of this article to make it broader. I nominally think they are two separate things but I'm disinclined to edit this myself right now to try to make that a feasible option. --LauraHale (talk) 21:39, 11 June 2012 (UTC)

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Need help on Drew Carey and Drew Olanoff[edit]

I have added this section in this page out of encyclopedic merits and stuff. However, I need some help on people who can write well about cancer, Carey, Olanoff, Lance Armstrong, and stuff related. Google results can help. Here's a news article from The Non-Profit Times. I'm sure this could intrigue readers more, even when it may not be a good stand-alone article. --George Ho (talk) 14:54, 13 June 2012 (UTC)

The individual bits need to be completely removed. They need to be written about general use of Twitter about celebrities. --LauraHale (talk) 04:48, 20 June 2012 (UTC)
Elaborate? "Individual bits" implies.... I don't get it. I just added it to show a decent thing that Drew Carey did. If that's not general use, what can I do about Drew Carey entry? --George Ho (talk) 04:53, 20 June 2012 (UTC)
For example, look at what I am doing with politicians which is much more general in scope. The individual sections about specific celebrities need to go. They do not talk about use of Twitter by celebrities. --LauraHale (talk) 04:57, 20 June 2012 (UTC)
Removed. To where else does it belong? --George Ho (talk) 05:05, 20 June 2012 (UTC)
The celebrity section needs to be made from four sections on individual users to one section which generally discusses Twitter usage by celebrity. There are a lot of resources that generally speak to this topic. I can find lots of results on Google books. A well written article on this would be unlikely to ever really mention individuals except as examples that clearly demonstrate a topic. What does Gaga have to do with celebrity use of Twitter? The Rhianna material that was deleted would fit well here: "Celebrity use of Twitter includes holding contests as a way of engaging their fan base." That sort of thing. Once the material is actually developed, it can probably be broken down into specific type of celebrity usage. --LauraHale (talk) 05:10, 20 June 2012 (UTC)

globalize tag[edit]

The globalize tag was placed because appears to be a list of USA based celebrities, while not giving any idea how Twitter is used by celebrities and politicians. I have started to rewrite the politician section to not give WP:UNDUE to the USA and one politician considering the wide spread usage of Twitter by politicians. The list format that is currently in the article does appear to be a viable option because of the sheer amount of references and papers that cover the topic in a wider scope. --LauraHale (talk) 04:47, 20 June 2012 (UTC)

Proposed move[edit]

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The result of the move request was: page moved as proposed with consensus for moving away from "... by celebrities and politicians", but without prejudice for a subsequent technical request for Use of Twitter in popular culture and politics if consensus for that version is subsequently shown. -- JHunterJ (talk) 13:19, 18 July 2012 (UTC)

Use of Twitter by celebrities and politiciansUse of Twitter by public figures – I propose that Use of Twitter by celebrities and politicians be renamed and moved to Use of Twitter by public figures to reflect a broader demographic. I think that celebrities and politicians is to limited and doesn't reflect other entities, such as businesses, leaders (e.g. business, organisation, political, etc.), marketing, etc. Relisted. Jenks24 (talk) 19:23, 3 July 2012 (UTC) (talk) 17:27, 24 June 2012 (UTC)

  •  Doing that for you. --George Ho (talk) 17:31, 24 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Strong support "Celebrities and politicians" is an arbitrary category that I think actually was meant to include all notable public figures. "Celebrity" is a nebulous term anyway—see the founder of Reddit being referred to thus on the article. --BDD (talk) 18:12, 25 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Strong support this article is superfluous and is just a list of 5 accounts that is thoroughly covered in the other and in depth.LuciferWildCat (talk) 07:41, 29 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Comment Did we agree on "Use of Twitter by the famous"? I thought it would be "Use of Twitter by public figures". Not sure I like this. Anna Frodesiak (talk) 08:07, 29 June 2012 (UTC)
    • @ Anna Frodesiak: I don't think there was consensus on the name either. Have politicians become famous? I wouldn't necessarily call Hugo Chavez, Hillary Clinton, David Cameron and Nick Clegg, Tony Abbott famous. "Use of Twitter in popular culture and politics" was my preferred name to prevent arbitrary listing of every celebrity usage with out any subject specific context. --LauraHale (talk)
Agreed. Your preference is better. The term "famous" is pretty subjective and doesn't sound like it should be in an encyclopedia article title. We should revert. Anna Frodesiak (talk) 08:24, 29 June 2012 (UTC)
I've removed the specific account information about the individual members of popular culture. And yes, famous is waaaaay too subjective. "Use of Twitter in politics and popular culture" constrains this much more narrowly, and prevents it from becoming a dumping ground for individual account promotion. Pretty much everyone mentioned in the article would not be notable enough to justify their own article related to their usage. Doing individual usage like the title suggest encourages that sort of thinking. Needs to be very general. --LauraHale (talk) 08:35, 29 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Support Use of Twitter in popular culture and politics Because that would be the best way to make a complete list, since we could then include Horse ebooks and other articles on Twitter accounts that don't fit under famous and (at least for Horse ebooks) wouldn't fit under "public figure". SilverserenC 09:25, 29 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Support Use of Twitter in popular culture and politics per Silver seren. Makes perfect sense. Anna Frodesiak (talk) 09:27, 29 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Update: Someone renamed this article to Use of Twitter by the famous. --George Ho (talk) 14:54, 29 June 2012 (UTC)
    • I have requested a move back to original title because I see no consensus yet. See WP:RM/TR. --George Ho (talk) 21:34, 29 June 2012 (UTC)
      • Where was the consensus for this latest name change? It appears to again have been moved while an active discussion was taking place. I'm not sure the name accurately reflects the content. --LauraHale (talk) 21:47, 29 June 2012 (UTC)
        • Now it's moved back to Use of Twitter by celebrities and politicians. --George Ho (talk) 22:36, 29 June 2012 (UTC)
          • Don't be surprised Laura. This article has active followers of WP:BEBOLD. §§AnimeshKulkarni (talk) 23:02, 29 June 2012 (UTC)
            • I'm about at the point of supporting a merge of the list of Twitter users into this article. ;) Such is my personal level of bold right now. --LauraHale (talk) 23:16, 29 June 2012 (UTC)
  • We need a List of twitter accounts notable enough to have their own article on Wikipedia. Dream Focus 07:48, 4 July 2012 (UTC)
PissedOff.gif §§AnimeshKulkarni (talk) 11:58, 12 July 2012 (UTC)
  • Support the proposed title by the nominator. There are also footballers who use Twitter in notable ways, e.g. have a look at the career of Ryan Babel or the cult status of a Hans Sarpei. I'm sure I've left out many other kinds of public figures as well here in this comment. --The Evil IP address (talk) 12:18, 12 July 2012 (UTC)
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What's this article trying to be?[edit]

I came here to add a class ranking, and looking over the article, I'm seeing an identity crisis: There's an awful lot of examples listed to just be about celebrities using Twitter, but it's not actually a list of Twitter users or anything like that. Should we condense the info to the lede and make it a list, or should we trim out some of the examples and make it about how Twitter is used? It seems like it's trying to be both, and not succeeding. Supernerd11 Firemind ^_^ Pokedex 23:37, 15 February 2015 (UTC)