Rihanna was very reluctant to join Twitter

Washington: Barbadian singer Rihanna was never a fan of social networking site Twitter, as she “could not understand” why anyone would want to read about her day-to-day business.

Rihanna, 23, whose own page was initially launched by record label representatives to alert fans to new releases, did not want to join the celebrity Twitter craze when it first became popular.

She only decided to take over the blog last year, to communicate with fans personally, and it was only then that she realised the power of social networking.

“I started to figure out you can treat it like a giant chat room - I can respond directly to people’s questions,” Contactmusic quoted her as telling Cosmopolitan magazine.

“It makes it easier to deal with the flak around you because now people have a sense of who you are,” she added.

The Umbrella singer has since learned to use her Twitter page to her advantage, to address any rumours or controversy surrounding her songs or performances.

ANI

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