The Top 30 Celebrities to Follow On Twitter

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What makes a celebrity follow-worthy on Twitter? For one thing, we like people who tweet for themselves. If we wanted to hear from someone's publicist or assistant, well... let's be honest: we don't really want to hear from someone's publicist or assistant. Shameless self-promotion is expected, but the less overt, the better. Here's a good example: "So i know you wanna see me juggle 4 awesome, opinionated ladies at the same time. Tune in to watch me co-host 'The View' today!" @JesseTyler tweeted on Tuesday.

We know the celebrity Twitterverse can be a bit overwhelming, so we've narrowed down a list of our favorites — consider this an update to the last one we put together here. These people are funny, candid, responsive to their fans, and keep self-promotion to a minimum. They engage us by getting into friendly-spats with other celebs (a la @JoelMcHale and @Snooki), and tweeting behind-the-scenes photos, as @FelicityHuffman did recently. Check out our list, complete with sample tweets, and be sure to share your own favorites in the comments.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), @JesseTyler: "Lady to me: 'You look very familiar in the face.' Me to Lady: 'Oh, we'll I am on TV.' Lady to me: 'No, that's not it.'"

Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother), @JasonSegel: "Sometimes work is strange."

Whitney Cummings (Whitney), @WhitneyCummings: Before you marry a person you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet to see who they truly are"

Chris Gorham (Covert Affairs), @Chris_Gorham: "I can't show you everything, but I can show you this! #SecretCovertAffairsPhotoShoot"

Mindy Kaling (The Office), @mindykaling: "I'm not wishing Beyonce happy birthday on twitter because I am wishing it to her in person on our yacht we share because we're close friends"

Felicia Day (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog), @FeliciaDay: "Whenever I'm paralyzed about making a big decision, I ask myself, 'What is the story I want to tell with my life?' Makes it easier."

Chris Pratt (Parks and Rec), @PrattPrattPratt: "All New Parks and Recreation tonight at 8:30 on NBC! Lady Gaga Guest Stars!!! (she doesn't) But Kim Kardashian does!!! (Also doesn't)"

Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), @FelicityHuffman: "Shooting flashbacks today.20 years,15, and 10. Lets see what magic hair and makeup can whip up! Happy Tuesday flicksters."

Nathan Fillion (Castle), @NathanFillion: "Dear Weekend, Big fan of your work. Anytime you want to put in some overtime, I'm all for it. Nathan"

Josh Malina (The West Wing), @JoshMalina: "Grammy Newsbreak! Ice-T and The Lemonheads to form supergroup, 'Arnold Palmer.'" 

Joel McHale (Community), @JoelMcHale: "I saw a woman with a huge chest tattoo that read 'Only God Can Judge Me'. Cool, but I've already gone ahead & done some prelim work.

Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), @EricStonestreet: "Ever wonder what a Modern Family table read looks like?"

Patton Oswalt (The King of Queens), @PattonOswalt: "I...can't believe it's over. Oh God, it's really over. Need more scotch. See you guys next year. #DowntonPBS"

Ellen DeGeneres, @TheEllenShow: "Why did the ghost go to the bar? For the boos. #ClassicJokeMonday"

Zachary Levi (Chuck), @ZacharyLevi: "Suiting up for the last time. #nerdherdforlife"

Daniel Tosh (Tosh.0), @DanielTosh: "in my experience i have found that the mo money you have, the mo manageable yo problems tend to be.

Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), @ActuallyNPH: "Here's a pic of the family in costume:"

Pauley Perrette (NCIS), @PauleyP: "Dreamt I had a @SteveMartinToGo bobblehead in an elf suit! If I DID I'd put it with my @BarackObama & Abby!"

Ricky Gervais (The Office), @RickyGervais: If I had an award for every time the Daily Mail said my career was over, I'd...oh wait...hold on.. Ha ha"

Simon Cowell (The X Factor), @SimonCowell: "Maybe the winner of @TheXFactorUSA this yr should compete with winner of The Voice & Idol in a super final. Just a thought. I'd be up for it"

Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), @ZooeyDeschanel: "Hey east coast! These ladies are on @newgirlonfox in 30 minutes!"

Kristin Chenoweth (GCB), @KChenoweth: "Morning people scare me."

Chelsea Handler (Chelsea Lately), @ChelseaHandler: "Tonight is probably the funniest episode of chelsea lately we've ever done, and I don't even like the show."

Blake Shelton (The Voice), @BlakeShelton: "I'm so drunk right now I just walked into Canadian customs and shouted "Why y'all checkin' me?! Ur the ones with a pot leaf on your flag!!"

Aziz Ansari (Parks and Rec), @AzizAnsari: "Just heard back from my agent did NOT get the part of 'Little Boy That Sings the Star Spangled Banner' in The Dark Knight Rises."

Josh Charles (The Good Wife), @MrJoshCharles (Grown ass man. Attended Ball So Hard University. 
  - lmao - WTF?): "If you don't watch #TheGoodWife tomorrow you'll make my puppy #Zeus cry. Don't be that person! Tomorrow night at 9pm!"

Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Live!), @JimmyKimmel: "congratulations to ME on being the first ever to hit a BILLION followers! @jimmykimmel !!! oops... apparently, a billion has another zero. disregard."

Chris Colfer (Glee), @ChrisColfer: "I'm so glad to have finally reached the Chihuahua demographic!!! @baytht: @chriscolfer Check out your doggy fan!!"

Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy), @PatrickDempsey: "Lion on the show today"

Jeff Probst (Survivor), @JeffProbst: "You good with Sizzler? RT @lyndzzz: @JeffProbst i think u should take me out 4 Valentines Day.."

Do you agree with our list? Who are your favourite celebrities to follow on Twitter?

Missing (IMO)....
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), @BryanCranston: Nearly changed my name to Bryan Kardashian. Huge New Years Eve appearance fees in Vegas, but I was only offered game tokens at Circus Circus

And not really a celeb but,
Damon Lindelof (Writer, Lost) (Yeah, I'm one of the idiots behind LOST. And no, I don't understand it either.)@damonlindelof: It would be serendipitous if Rachel McAdams bonked her head and forgot that she ever made THE VOW.

Kurt Sutter (Writer, Creator, Songs of Anarchy) @Stutterink:
yes. i'm sorry i called you a douche, mcG. but c'mon dude, you're a middle-aged white guy. time to drop the 90's handle.