In 2006, Twitter entered the bustling world of social media just two short years after the launch of Facebook. During this time, Facebook was attracting huge attention and subscribers were quick to ditch Myspace for something with a cleaner, easier to use interface. Competing with giants like Facebook and Myspace, Twitter sought to distinguish itself from the two while still providing its users with all of the social media tools that they’d come to love and rely on over the years. In order to stand out from the social media crowd, Twitter implemented some changes to the daily updates posted by users. Rather than allowing those lengthy page status updates that leave all of us cringing – and require a “too long didn’t read” or “tldr” comment response – Twitter included a 140 character or less limit on their posts. This required subscribers to get creative with their thoughts and include only the things that really matter. Sweet, simple, short, and to the point! Twitter also allowed people to connect with not only their friends and family but their favorite celebrities: By following the celebrities you like the most, retweeting their latest updates, or including them in yours, Twitter went some way to removing the pedestal separating fans and their favorite stars.
Twitter rapidly became popular with social media users but the site also became incredibly popular among – and useful for – celebrities. Celebrities had been looking for ways to interact with and connect to their fans and this social media site offered that. From tweeting a quick pic on the go, to promoting their latest movie, celebs could diffuse whatever they wanted fans to see at the click of a button and their followers could retweet the update, respond, or favorite it – doing plenty for a star’s publicity. No doubt, this controlled access to a celebrity’s private life was – for the stars – preferable to having a paparazzi stalking them and hacking their mobile phones.
Despite all of the good that Twitter brought with it, there were also some markedly negative side effects. People could now say what they wanted about whoever they wanted – celebrities included – and rest assured that not only would the target audience see the nasty post, but millions of others could see it. Thanks to the hashtag and retweet functions, in the time it would take anyone could think twice, a post could already be viral worldwide. Twitter also allowed celebrities the opportunity to start bitter feuds with one another that quickly garnered a lot of attention and support – or backlash. Fans could pick a side and join in on the name calling in hopes of pleasing their favorite celebrity. Although these wars prompt a lot of people to shake their heads at the catty, childish behavior, it does provide many of us with some guilty entertainment. In our list, we take a look at some of the top, most publicised and retweeted celebrity keyboard battles that took place over Twitter in 2013. See if your favorite feud- or celebrity- made the cut!
5. Adam Levine versus Lady Gaga (6,956 retweets 5,337 favorites)
In 2013, Adam Levine was busy with several different projects, including the Voice, but one of his favorite pastimes seemed to be tweeting. In September, the star of the Voice tweeted “Ugh… Recycling old art for a younger generation doesn’t make you an artist. It makes you an art teacher.” Lady Gaga assumed that the tweet was directed at her and immediately posted a response saying “uh oh guys the art police is here.” Neither Lady Gaga nor Adam Levine made any more attempts to fuel their Twitter feud. However, Adam has been relatively busy bashing Blake Shelton in a friendly battle of words via Twitter so he probably has little to no time to pursue the Gaga feud.
4. The Wanted versus One Direction (6,176 retweets 4,645 favorites)
These two cute boy bands took their rivalry out of the music industry and on to the Twitterverse in 2013; and predictably, as with anything these guys do on Twitter, the feud exploded with retweets and favourites. Tom Parker of The Wanted and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction began their feud after One Direction reportedly made a snide comment about The Wanted during a 1D concert. Shortly after, the bands hit the net in a battle of the keypads. Louis Thompson added fuel to the fire when he tweeted “Pal, we both know I wouldn’t waste my time auditioning for your band. You humour me with your bad boy persona.” Ouch. Come on boys. Can’t we all just get along?
3. Lady Gaga versus Perez Hilton (15,462 retweets 10,074 favorites)
One of the established Twitterati, Lady Gaga is known for her bizarre fashion, eccentric lyrics, and unapologetic unique personality. However, on the internet, Lady Gaga is known for her harsh comments and insults. 2013 was a busy year for the pop star as she started numerous Twitter battles with Adam Levine, Kelly Osbourne, and ex bestie Perez Hilton. Perez and Gaga wasted no time in hurling insults at one another and made their mutual dislike crystal clear. During the middle of their Twitter feud, the Monster Queen tweeted “Still have the text Perez sent me in a wheelchair w the words KARMA written across + Madonna pointing a gun at me. Day of my accident” which really rallied support for Gaga and garnered a lot of media attention.
2. Amanda Bynes versus Rihanna (17,057 retweets 14,716 favorites)
It was bizarre year for Bynes as she had a very public meltdown charted via her personal Twitter feed. In May of 2013, not long before the former teen star checked into rehab, she took to Twitter to do some much-needed venting after a long weekend. Unfortunately for Rihanna, she became the target of this release. Amanda reportedly tweeted to the star “Chris brown beat you because you’re not pretty enough” before firing off another hate fueled message about Rihanna’s looks. Amanda quickly took the tweets down, but not before Rihanna got word of the feud and posted her own response: “Ya see what happens when they cancel Intervention?” Rihanna’s comeback garnered a lot of attention and support both on and off of Twitter. Nobody is sure why Amanda made the snide comments but this was just one in a long line of Bynes’ targets; others included Drake and Courtney Love.
1. Kanye West versus Jimmy Kimmel (28,063 retweets 16,072 favorites)
Whether you love or hate him, Kanye West remains a trending topic in celebrity gossip. Everything he does seems to net him more of the coveted limelight so when the opportunity arose on Twitter to start a feud and garner some attention, Kanye seemingly could not help himself. Reportedly the war began in september when Jimmy Kimmel parodied Kanye’s BBC interview. During the stunt, Jimmy used a kid to play the role of Kanye, which apparently did not set well with the “Stronger” artist. Not happy with the depiction of himself, Kanye decided the best way to preserve his image was to take to Twitter and start insulting the late night host. Kanye tweeted to Jimmy “YOU CAN’T PUT YOURSELF IN MY SHOES. YOUR FACE LOOKS CRAZY… IS THAT FUNNY?… OR IF I HAD A KID SAY IT WOULD IT BE FUNNY???” He also posted a picture of Jimmy with the caption “NO GOOD P*” which received, predictably, huge attention.
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