Most Twitter Followers

January 19, 2012 by staff 

Most Twitter FollowersMost Twitter Followers, What do Kim Kardashian and Barak Obama have in common? They are the only celebrities in Twitter’s top ten most popular list that are not in the music business. Kim Kardashian comes in at number 5 with 12.5 million followers, while President Obama is a little less popular with only 11.9 million followers. This shared status may be the only thing the two will ever have in common.

The social networking site allows its users to connect with followers through text-based “tweets” of up to 140 characters each. Since its launch in 2006, Twitter took the world by storm and by 2011 boasted 300 million users. Those users generate over 300 million messages per day. Users can see each other’s tweets by following each other. On Twitter most followers are interested in what their favorite celebrity is up to.

From the very beginning Twitter and celebrities have gone hand in hand. From promoting products, movies, albums, charities, or simply their personal brand, celebrities have used twitter as a popularity booster. More than simply a micro-blogging site, the Twitter and celebrity matchup has allowed the social media site to become a powerful marketing tool. A few short tweets from a celebrity about a product can boost sales significantly.

Pop stars are the powerhouses of Twitter. Eight of the ten spots on the most popular list are occupied by some of the music industry’s most influential voices. With 18 million Twitter followers, Lady GaGa has become the first person to reach that number. Mother Monster thanked her fans by tweeting, of course. She gushed that it is “really rad” to have 18 million “TwitterMonsters” as she calls them. This is the second time GaGa has broken a Twitter most followers record, less than a year ago she became the first person with 10 million followers.

Justin Beiber is hot on GaGa’s heels as the second person on the list with his 16.4 million followers. It could be thanks to Beiber’s Belibers that earned his girlfriend Selena Gomez a spot on the Twitter most followers list, coming in at number ten with 9.6 million followers.

Katy Perry made the top 10 list at number three with her 13.9 million followers. Shakira following closely with 12.6 million gave the music industry a clean sweep in the list’s top four. A successful reality television career, a highly anticipated and publicized wedding and the recent attention surrounding her quick divorce filing, it’s no wonder Kim Kardashian earned the number five spot with 12.5 million followers. Newly engaged Britney spears follows closely behind Kardashian with her 12.4 million followers. Rihanna and Barack Obama tie with 11.9 million followers each, followed by Taylor Swift, the only country artist on the list, with 10.4 million followers.

The current top 10 list:

1 Lady GaGa – 18m followers
2 Justin Bieber – 16.4m followers
3 Katy Perry – 13.9m followers
4 Shakira – 12.6m followers
5 Kim Kardashian – 12.5m followers
6 Britney Spears – 12.4m followers
7 Rihanna – 11.9m followers
8 Barack Obama – 11.9m followers
9 Taylor Swift – 10.4m followers
10 Selena Gomez – 9.6m followers

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