App of the Week: Celebrity Tweets

Title: Celebrity Tweets
Platform: Android (OS 1.05 and up), Nook Color, Symbian
Cost: $1.99 (A free version is also available for phones with Android or Symbian OS)

Celebrity TweetsHave you ever wondered if you were following the real President Barack Obama, Stephen Colbert, or Lady Gaga? This simple app allows users to view and compile tweets from celebrities’ official Twitter accounts. The 300+ profiles include popular names in music, movies, politics, and sports. An additional miscellaneous category features news stations, magazines, stores, and even a few authors (e.g.’  Neil Gaiman). Users can view celebrities’ Twitter feeds, access trending topics, search Twitter, and compile favorite profiles.

The best thing about Celebrity Tweets is that you do not need to subscribe to Twitter to view the content.’  Non-tweeters can use the app to keep track of celebrity updates, gossip, and news.’  No previous knowledge of Twitter is required; the straightforward menu items allow novice users to navigate and view the content with ease.’  For example, a large thought bubble labeled “Add to Favorites” at the bottom of each profile helps users add celebrities to a favorite list.

The simplicity of Celebrity Tweets is also its weakness.’  Although finding celebrities on the provided lists is a painless process, there is no easy way to follow a person not included on the lists. I would love to add some of my favorite YA authors, but options for this type of personalization are limited. Users can access tweets mentioning unlisted celebrities by using the search feature, but it would be much more useful if subscribers could manually add other profiles.’  Teens that do not follow the typical set of mainstream celebrities might be slightly disappointed.

This app will be useful for teen librarians interested in staying abreast of popular entertainment news. It will also be a good recommendation for teens that do not have Twitter accounts but still want to know the latest information about their favorite celebrities, musicians, and athletes.

About Rebekah Kamp

Rebekah works as the Youth Services Librarian at the Belgrade Community Library. She enjoys designing innovative programming for children and teens. When not at the library, Rebekah is an outdoor enthusiast who loves spending time with her children camping, hiking, and exploring in Montana.
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