"Why won't you let me be great?" moaned Kanye on his blog last year. And lo, with the advent of Twitter he went on to become great - for all the wrong reasons. This gallery of Twitter meltdowns and gaffes is dedicated to the patron saint of ill-advised online blabbering.
Well, while we're on the subject, another golden Kanye-ism, plucked from the twitterer that keeps on giving: "I wear my scars... It's almost like I have to where a suit to juxtapose my image and I won't lie... IT WORKS!" (NB: all tweets are posted here unedited).
Giving Kanye a run for his money is 50 Cent. While his account appears to be run by the man himself, it's essentially the ramblings of a sex-crazed madman. Although he's quite proud of his status updates, recently writing: "I can multitask man. I fuck a bitch, type on twitter and write a song at the same time. And all of them be a hit! I'm a cold nigga".
50 Cent's diatribes have continued unedited for weeks, causing even the most hardened hacks to unfollow. One of his (marginally) less offensive musings: "Now I aint one to judge no one but that girl from precious a ugly motherfucker man. lol I don't give a fuck".
And of course who could forget the pictures of him mocked up as Saddam Hussain and Adolf Hitler. While Prince Harry paid dearly for his swastika mistake, it all kind of tragically seems par for the course for Fiddy. Read more on his bizarre postings over on the blogs.
Amy Winehouse made headlines over the weekend by declaring via Twitter that Mark Ronson - producer of her breakthrough 'Back To Black' album - was “dead to me”. She wrote: “One album I write an you take half the credit - make a career out of it? Don't think so BRUV.” Bit harsh, surely?
Courtney Love lost custody of her daughter Frances Bean to Kurt Cobain's mother and sister last year, and the teenager took out a restraining order on her. Thus Love has to air her dirty laundry in front of 60,000 followers. Cue a volley of messages recently peppered with f-bombs, emotional outpourings and accusations of ruining her life before labelling Bean's therapist an "amoral cunt".
Paris Hilton was busted recently when she appeared to update the world with this nugget: "In bed watching Family Guy. Love this show! So hilarious! Stewie is my favorite :) love his accent", while being simultaneously arrested on drugs charges in Las Vegas. Seems she had an assistant doing her 140 characters or less for her.
Sadie Frost snapped on Twitter this June according to The Sun. When Sienna Miller gave her daughter Iris a haircut she took to the site to bark: "I think ya should get ya own child and then cut their hair!" before closing her account.
Mat Horne made a boo boo on Twitter in March last year. Thanking his fans for their support when his new show Horne & Corden got panned, he wrote: "It means a lot when Josef Fritzl is getting better press than us".
Lindsay Lohan, who took to Twitter this weekend to publicly explain her substance addiction, most famously abused the social networking site back in September 2009 when she sent a load of public messages to girlfriend Samantha Ronson about lying, cheating, and crying herself to sleep.
Kevin Pietersen had to publicly apologise recently for his tweeaction to being dropped from the England squad. The offending post read: "Done for rest of summer!! Man of the World Cup T20 and dropped from the T20 side too.. Its a fuck up!!".
Aside from the fact he adds the hashtag #BOING into the middle of his tweets at random, Jim Carrey's tweets have been baffling readers for a while, even causing some to speculate that he's turning into a scientologist. His disdain for prescription drugs and use of the phrase "suppressive types" have been a dead giveaway for some US gossip sites.
Chris Brown and Twitter just don't get on. First he accused Wal Mart of boycotting his album and then left the social networking site, then he returned to make sly digs at Rihanna after she announced she was taking control of her own tweets, and shortly afterwards engaged in a long-running online spat with Soulja Boy. Sheesh.
Following the collapse of their Freebass project, Mani went on a Twitter rampage at Peter Hook. His missives included this friendly dispatch: "We were all laughing behind his back watching the stupid wank struggle to do the same old shit he's done for the last 30 years. And I haven't even started on the cunt's amateur night, one trick pony shite two-string bass playing yet either".
Kevin Smith let rip following bad reviews of 'Cop Out'. "Watching them beat the shit out of it was sad," he wrote in one of many tweets, "it’s called 'Cop Out'; that sound like a very ambitious title to you? You REALLY wanna shit in the mouth of a flick that so OBVIOUSLY strived for nothing more than laughs. Writing a nasty review for 'Cop Out' is akin to bullying a retarded kid".
P Diddy once boasted he was the Number One Twitter celeb when he had several hundred thousand less than the top dogs. Since then he's ammassed nearly three million who tune in for his inspirational updates. He was hacked a while back and "posted" a series of tweets documenting a mammoth tantric sex session.
When Asher Roth tweeted about "nappy-headed hoes" he was actually jokingly referencing a controversial comment by radio host Don Imus. Nevertheless, he was forced to issue a full statement, saying: "Pathetic. Lesson learned. Nothing good can come from repeating hateful words, regardless of your intentions".
And finally, one more Kanye for the road: "I wear my scars... It's almost like I have to where a suit to juxtapose my image and I won't lie... IT WORKS!". And lest you forget: "These tweets have no manager, no publicist , no grammar checking... this is raw".