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    Terrific Twitter Trio of the Week: Charitable Musicians

    Lots of musicians tweet -- but all that Twitters is not gold. That's why you'll want to check out SPIN.com every Friday to see whose tweets we're reading this week -- then update your TweetDeck! (Obligatory Self-Promotion: ...while you're at it, be sure to follow @SPINmagazine!) This week's winners have huge followings on Twitter -- and huge hearts as well. Check out what they're doing to help #Haiti and other causes. Good Charlotte's Joel Madden@JoelMadden Why You Should Follow: The Good Charlotte frontman (and Goodwill ambassador for UNICEF) has been active in the Haiti earthquake relief effort since Day 1, raising and donating money, lending his DJ skills to benefit concerts, and even appearing on CNN's Larry King Live to talk about the disaster and what people can do to help.

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    Terrific Twitter Trio of the Week

    Lots of musicians tweet -- but all that Twitters is not gold. That's why you'll want to check out SPIN.com every Friday to see whose tweets we're reading this week -- then update your TweetDeck! (Obligatory Self-Promotion: ...while you're at it, be sure to follow @SPINmagazine!) This week's winners: OK Go's Timothy Nordwind@timothynordwind Why You Should Follow: OK Go recently released their third album, the Prince-esque Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, and are currently touring Europe. But even though they've been busy, bassist Timothy Nordwind has still found time to tweet.

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    Terrific Twitter Trio of the Week

    Lots of musicians tweet -- but all that Twitters is not gold. That's why you'll want to check out SPIN.com every Friday to see whose tweets we're reading this week -- then update your TweetDeck! (Obligatory Self-Promotion: ...while you're at it, be sure to follow @SPINmagazine!) This week's winners: The Game@thegame Why You Should Follow: No one talks smack quite like this L.A. rapper. The Game -- who famously beefed with 50 Cent -- tweet-attacks everyone from Christina Millian ("I hope Christina Milian baby don't get her toes....... so many corns on them mothafucka's they should come wit chicken & mash potatoes!!!") to Rev. Al Sharpton ("he came out & the doctor gave him to his mommy & she said #NahImGood"). When he's not hating on Oprah and "Team Blackberry," he's plotting pranks ("I'm high as f#@$ ! I think I'm bout to order 20 Papa John's pizzas to my neighbors house.

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    Top 5 Twitterers of 2009

    This was the year of Twitter. Millions (and millions) of people took to Twitter to record their daily lives in short blurbs of 140 characters or less -- including musicians like Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, DJ A-Trak, and Blink-182's Mark Hoppus. We kept track of them all, collecting the best, newsiest tweets of the week for our weekly Follow Friday feature. Here's a look back at the Top 5 Twitter events of the past year: 5. Mike Skinner releases songs via Twitter (@skinnermike) This British hip-hop artist -- more commonly known as The Streets -- started a music revolution when he released a trio of new songs (for free!) on his Twitter page in April. "I am going to tweet three new songs this week. I can't be bothered with all this trying to sell you music. It wastes valuable time," he wrote.

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    Terrific Twitter Trio of the Week

    Lots of musicians tweet -- but all that Twitters is not gold. That's why you'll want to check out SPIN.com every Friday to see whose tweets we're reading this week -- then update your TweetDeck! (Obligatory Self-Promotion: ...while you're at it, be sure to follow @SPINmagazine!) This week's winners: Who: Amy Winehouse (@amyjademermaid) Why You Should Follow: The beehived British diva -- who famously said "no, no, no" to rehab -- has a boring, publicist-run Twitter (@AmyWinehouse) for news updates and another account for her own personal musings on love, life, and snorting hot sauce. While it sounds like it might be too good to be true (and the page isn't verified yet), the random outbursts, attacks on @perezhilton and the paparazzi, and constant Blake chatter seem pretty genuine. Tweets like "what do ya do wiv a drunken sailor?earlIE in the morning awning.

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    Terrific Twitter Trio of the Week

    Lots of musicians tweet -- but all that Twitters is not gold. That's why you'll want to check out SPIN.com every Friday to see whose tweets we're reading this week -- then update your TweetDeck! (Obligatory Self-Promotion: ...while you're at it, be sure to follow @SPINmagazine!) This week's winners: Who: The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan (@Billy) Why You Should Follow: Feeling lost and confused? Uninspired? Down in the dumps? Let the Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan be your personal Twitter therapist. The alt-rock pioneer is a force of positivity and strength in his tweets, which run the gamut from greeting card inspirational ("Keep Love in your heart today best as you can") to downright philosophical ("Why are we blowing up the beautiful Moon?" and "The human heart is like a broken clock that keeps working").

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    Terrific Twitter Trio of the Week

    Lots of musicians tweet -- but all that Twitters is not gold. That's why you'll want to check out SPIN.com every Friday to see whose tweets we're reading this week -- then update your TweetDeck! (Obligatory Self-Promotion: ...while you're at it, be sure to follow @SPINmagazine!) This week's winners: Who: Vivian Girls (@viviangirls) Why You Should Follow: These lo-fi punk princesses love to discuss music on their frequently-updated Twitter page. The girls, who recently released their second album, Everything Goes Wrong, give shout-outs to bands on their Wild World label, discuss new albums, and even go so far as to declare the best release of 2009 (Mika Miko's We Be Xuxa). When they're not playing music-blogger, they're documenting their travels around the globe and tweeting about girls' nights ("Girls Night In involved eating pizza, playing Cranium and watching 'That Thing You Do'.

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    Terrific Twitter Trio of the Week

    Lots of musicians tweet -- but all that Twitters is not gold. That's why you'll want to check out SPIN.com every Friday to see whose tweets we're reading this week -- then update your TweetDeck! (Obligatory Self-Promotion: ...while you're at it, be sure to follow @SPINmagazine!) This week's winners: Who: Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) Why You Should Follow: This multi-platinum selling songstress has worked with everyone from Jay-Z to Pharrell Williams to Jack White, but when it comes to making important musical decisions, she turns to her Twitter followers. It's not uncommon for Keys to ask her fellow tweeters to help name a song or pick a holiday tune to sing on Oprah. Not only that, but she seems to read nearly every response she gets and frequently tweets back at fans.

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    Terrific Twitter Trio of the Week

    Lots of musicians tweet -- but all that Twitters is not gold. That's why you'll want to check out SPIN.com every Friday to see whose tweets we're reading this week -- then update your TweetDeck! (Obligatory Self-Promotion: ...while you're at it, be sure to follow @SPINmagazine!) This week's winners: Who: Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) Why You Should Follow:After handling that whole Kanye debacle at the MTV Video Music Awards with grace and class beyond her 19 years, hosting SNL to great fanfare, and winning Performer of the Year at Wednesday's CMA Awards, it's safe to say that Taylor Swift has become America's sweetheart. But on Twitter, she's still the girl next door, tweeting about grocery shopping, playing with her dogs, dancing the night away at a Paramore concert, and hanging out in her bedroom, reading Seventeen and eating chocolate.

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    Terrific Twitter Trio of the Week

    Lots of musicians tweet -- but all that Twitters is not gold. That's why you'll want to check out SPIN.com every Friday to see whose tweets we're reading this week -- then update your TweetDeck! (Obligatory Self-Promotion: ...while you're at it, be sure to follow @SPINmagazine!) This week's winners: Who: Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz (@petewentz) Why You Should Follow: Fall Out Boy may be on a hiatus from touring and recording, but bassist Pete Wentz is still quite the busy fellow. Whether he's "on the lam" in Paris (craving McGriddles), flying to Berlin for the MTV Europe Music Awards, hunting down old pictures for a Fall Out Boy coffee table book, or just hanging out at home and being a dad ("The baby howls like a wolf when he eats"), Wentz tweets it all.

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