Kanye West performs for Facebook, joins Twitter

FILE - In this June 28, 2009 file photo, singer Kanye West appears backstage at the 9th Annual BET Awards in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)

July 28, 2010 7:14:14 PM PDT
With the release of a new album approaching, Kanye (KAHN'-yay) West is making sure he's up to date with the social networking sites.

He joined Twitter on Wednesday, one day after going to the offices of Facebook, in Palo Alto, Calif., to preview some of his new material.

Videos of him rapping a cappella while standing on a conference table have been posted on YouTube. On his website afterward, West posted a letter to Facebook, thanking the staff for their support: "Your energy was a gift so electric, so genuine, that it really helped me give my best."

An e-mail request for comment from Facebook was not immediately returned.

West's new as-of-yet untitled album is expected to be released Sept. 14.