LOS ANGELES: Troubled American actor Charlie Sheen was on Thursday (3 March 2011) reveling in the fact that his new Twitter account had attracted some 1.3 million followers in just two days.
"In all sincerity... Thank you Twitter community for the warm reception & the followers that helped get me to 1M in 24 hours!!!" he said in a tweet posted late Wednesday.
By Thursday though the number of his followers had swelled to 1.3 million, who had to be satisfied with a mere 21 tweets, accompanied by a couple of pictures, posted by Sheen on the micro-blogging social network.
Most of his messages were not too coherent, although he did ask: "Pardon my absence.... My first concern is my kids... Back soon..!"
Sheen, 45, said on Wednesday that police had taken his twin two-year-old sons, Max and Bob, away overnight after his estranged wife expressed concern for their welfare.
But Sheen has disputed allegations that his wild lifestyle, including drug-addled binges and sharing his home with two girlfriends he called "goddesses," is anything other than a nurturing environment for his children.
Producers last week canceled the actor's hit television show, "Two and a Half Men" in mid-season, after he gave several rambling interviews, some of which included abusive statements toward his employers at CBS television.
He is also battling allegations of anti-Semitism and claims of death threats against his estranged wife, Brooke Mueller, the mother of the twins, who, like Sheen, is said to be battling drug abuse.
The @charliesheen feed was started on Tuesday, and his first tweet was a cheeky photo showing Sheen with one of his new girlfriends holding a bottle of "Naked" brand juice.
"Winning...! Choose your Vice..." the tweet said, adding a link to the picture of him sporting a backwards baseball cap and holding a healthy milk drink.
But despite his new-found Twitter stardom, Sheen is still trailing far behind singer Lady Gaga who has some 8.5 million followers. Source: AFP