Lady Gaga tours Australia as Obama talks campaign with his 9 million followers

More than nine million people are now actively following American President Barack Obama on Twitter.

His microblogging account is the fourth most followed in the world (behind Lady Gaga, Justin Beiber and Sina's Yao Chen).

Officials running President Barack Obama's Twitter feed are rousing up support for his 2012 re-election campaign tweeting, "Our challenge for you: Bring 50 new people into this campaign for President Obama's 50th birthday. Are you game? http://t.co/AdcKlMN"

Twitter's most followed tweeter Lady Gaga is keeping fans up to date with her touring plans in Sydney, Australia. The songstress let her fans know she is "So excited to perform on Australia's TV Show 'A Current Affair' with Tracy Grimshaw. It's on Channel 9 at 6:30pm tonight so don't miss it! x"

Ellen DeGeneres surpassed the 7 million followers milestone this week, but was overtaken by South Korean actor Jung Kyung Ho, whose follower count rocketed past 7.1 million followers during the same period.

Chinese actress Xie Na is making her way up the ranks of most followed microbloggers too. Her 6.981 million follower count was just enough to put her ahead of Colombian singer Shakira, who had 6.980 million followers to her name.

Interesting fact: Weibo's notable list of English-speaking users now includes British band Radiohead, singer Sean Kingston, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and actor Tom Cruise.

In September 2010, Twitter had 175 million registered users, while Sina reports that Weibo had more than 140 million registered users in May 2011.

Most popular people on Twitter:

  1. Lady Gaga ( 11,543,798 followers)
  2. Justin Bieber ( 10,937,256)
  3. Barack Obama ( 9,078,503)
  4. Britney Spears ( 8,486,587)
  5. Katy Perry ( 8,272,244)
  6. Kim Kardashian ( 8,243,924)
  7. Ashton Kutcher ( 7,144,058)
  8. Ellen DeGeneres ( 7,016,281)
  9. Taylor Swift ( 6,993,972)
  10. Shakira ( 6,980,156)


Most popular people on Sina's microblog (Weibo):

  1. Yao Chen (9,562,908 followers)
  2. Dee Hsu (8,682,462)
  3. Kevin Tsai (7,753,335)
  4. Zhao Wei (7,339,265)
  5. Jung Kyung Ho (7,123,491)
  6. Xie Na (6,981,048)

http://twitter.com
http://t.sina.com.cn/

Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookPart of The Independent’s new eBook series The Great Composers
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Gadgets & Tech

    Ashdown Group: Head of IT - Hertfordshire - £90,000

    £70000 - £90000 per annum + bonus + car allowance + benefits: Ashdown Group: H...

    Ashdown Group: Application Support Analyst - SQL Server, T-SQL

    £28000 - £32000 per annum + Excellent benefits: Ashdown Group: Application Sup...

    Ashdown Group: Systems Analyst / Data Analyst (SQL Server, T-SQL, data)

    £28000 - £32000 per annum + Excellent benefits: Ashdown Group: Systems Analyst...

    Ashdown Group: European Recruitment Manager - Cheshire - up to £48,000

    £40000 - £48000 per annum + bonus and benefits: Ashdown Group: European Recrui...

    Day In a Page

    Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

    Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

    How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
    Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

    Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

    Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
    Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

    Aviation history is littered with grand failures

    But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
    Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

    Fortress Europe?

    Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
    Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

    Never mind what you're wearing

    It's what you're reclining on that matters
    General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

    Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

    The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
    Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

    Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

    Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
    Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

    Marginal Streets project documents voters

    Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
    Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

    The real-life kingdom of Westeros

    Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
    How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

    How to survive a Twitter mauling

    Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
    Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

    At dawn, the young remember the young

    A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
    Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

    Follow the money as never before

    Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
    Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

    Samuel West interview

    The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
    General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

    Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

    Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

    The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence