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As Alison Sudol sees it, overnight stardom has three perilous potential pitfalls: unchecked egotism, substance abuse or total emotional withdrawal.

When “One Cell in the Sea” — her 2007 quirk-pop debut as A Fine Frenzy — topped the charts, she sank into the latter.

“I just shut down and wasn’t reaching out that much to people,” says the strawberry-haired siren. “Things blew up so fast, I was like, ‘Whoa!’ I got overwhelmed. And I found that if you get too much into your own head, it’s easy to just clam up and start becoming a weird recluse.”

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Her salvation was technology. The Los Angeles native began paying more attention to her Twitter account and found an entire army of followers that, to date, is more than 1½ million strong.

“Now I try to make an effort to respond to people, and it’s so rewarding,” says the keyboardist, who will whip up A Fine Frenzy in The City tonight.

“I try to tweet a few times a day, even though some days I just feel boring and there’s nothing to say,” Sudol says. “But I’ll tweet anyway, or at least respond to something that somebody says.”

Sudol, 24, views Twitter as a unique new creative tool. She used it to get the word out on her two new A Fine Frenzy releases — the sophomore “Bomb in a Birdcage” album, with its percolating single “Blow Away,” and the Yuletide “Oh Blue Christmas” EP, which mixes classics with cocoa-warm originals like “Red Ribbon Foxes.”

She asked her fans for Halloween costume ideas. Most suggested Ariel from “The Little Mermaid,” Sudol says, “although one person said I should dress up like a spear of asparagus. But I don’t find asparagus particularly terrifying.”

There’s a downside to Twitter, she says. “I overshared something in a big way, but I don’t really want to rehash that one.”

But it’s come in handy, too. “I was in my kitchen at home, and I looked over and there was an enormous green bug in my sink,” Sudol says. “It vaguely looked like a praying mantis, but it could’ve been a dinosaur or an alien mind-melder. So I posted its photograph and tweeted, ‘What is this and why is it in my kitchen?’”

Several responses later, case closed. It was a harmless katydid. But it illustrates a key Fine Frenzy tenet.

“I find that if I reach out to people — to my friends, family or fans — it keeps me level,” Sudol says. “It keeps me focused on being a good human and doing my job, instead of getting overwhelmed.”

IF YOU GO

A Fine Frenzy

  • Where: Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., San Francisco
  • When: 8 p.m. today
  • Tickets: $18
  • Contact: www.gamhtickets.com

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