Twitter currently has over 500,000,000 users! Determining statistics at such a high number could prove a difficult task. However, luckily Twitter's connection module (following) makes it an easy task to see who the most popular users are.
According to Twitter Counter, the top ten most popular people on Twitter for August 2012 are:
- Lady Gaga
- Justin Bieber
- Katy Perry
- Britney Spears
- Barack Obama
- Taylor Swift
- Kim Kadashian
Lady Gaga tops the chart with over 28,000,000 followers. Her last album Born This Way sold 1.108 million copies in its first week in the US and topped the charts in more than 20 other countries including the UK and exceeded eight million copies in worldwide sales. Barack Obama breaks up the list of celebrities at number six with just over 19,000,000 followers and the world’s second largest search engine, YouTube, sits at number ten with nearly 16,000,000 followers.
With more and more active users each day, we will undoubtedly witness new users and higher follower figures on this list as the years go on.
So many users! Why is Twitter so popular?...
The social network's adaptability is part of what makes social media so important; it can be tailored to suit an individual’s or a business’s needs. Twitter is especially good at this as it works just as efficiently on a smaller scale too. Twitter is a fantastic business tool as not only is it a great representative of current social trends but global and regional trends as well.
Twitter allows a business or individual to give themselves an identity and to easily make an impression. Customers, fans and other businesses can associate themselves with a person or business and vice versa and this ultimately strengthens brand recognition, encourages interaction and promotes influence.
- Amey Turner (@ameyturner), Social Media Content Assistant