Kanye West is back with appearances at Facebook and Twitter (oh and he’s tweeting too)

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Kanye West went on a promotional tour of Silicon Valley this week, dropping into Facebook and Twitter to perform a cappella raps.

Needless to say, he was a hit as he works his way back into the spotlight after a year of keeping things on the down low. Talk about a status update.


The appearance at Twitter was particularly noteworthy because West had dissed the Internet service, blogging “Everything that Twitter offers, I need less of.”

West celebrated his new Twitter account at the company’s San Francisco headquarters Wednesday and said he now wants the Twitter staff to delete the “Kanye West” impersonators who moved in on his celebrity Twitter turf in his absence. He has already amassed more than 230,000 followers. He is following no one.

West climbed on a table at Facebook’s Palo Alto headquarters Tuesday to preview four tracks from his highly anticipated upcoming album. He opened with what he called a “fun rap.” “Kill the hypocrisy, this is an aristocracy.” The raps made it to YouTube within hours.

West blogged a thank you note to Facebook fans: ‘Many times in life I’ve had to deal with moments of doubt. And as it’s been a minute since I’ve performed any fresh material in front of an audience, this could’ve been one of those moments… but it wasn’t. Your energy was a gift so electric, so genuine, that it really helped me give my best. The energy was so inspiring I had to keep going.’

-- Jessica Guynn