Yao Chen cracks 10 million follower milestone, Obama sends Twitter "spam"

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Yao Chen has become the first person on China's microblogging platform Weibo to rustle up more than 10 million followers.

The Chinese-born actress joins the likes of Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber in the very small group of microbloggers who now can boast more than 10 million followers.

US President Barack Obama has his eyes set on joining the group with close to 9.4 million fans; however, thousands of fans unfollowed the President last week during a campaign blitz.

During an intensive Twitter session, Obama's campaign staff posted well over 100 messages urging followers to contact their Congress members "If you want to see a bipartisan #compromise." The surge of tweets gained Obama a reputation of a "Twitter spammer" and saw an estimated 40,000 followers stop their subscription to his Twitter feed.

All water off a duck's back, it seems, as in the space of a few days he had gained back more followers than he had lost.

During the week Lady Gaga set yet another new Twitter record, becoming the first to race past 12 million followers, Chinese actor Chen Kun reached the 7 million followers mark on Weibo, and Shakira leapfrogged over Ashton Kutcher to become the seventh most followed microblogger on Twitter.

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 (12,145,276 followers)
  2. Justin Bieber (11,413,234)
  3. Barack Obama (9,398,442)
  4. Britney Spears (8,732,191)
  5. Katy Perry (8,760,059)
  6. Kim Kardashian (8,647,536)
  7. Shakira (7,307,431)
  8. Ashton Kutcher (7,296,391)
  9. Taylor Swift (7,255,103)
  10. Ellen DeGeneres (7,173,495)

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

  1. Yao Chen (10,179,809 followers)
  2. Dee Hsu (9,213,824)
  3. Kevin Tsai (8,190,725)
  4. Zhao Wei (7,783,496)
  5. Jung Kyung Ho (7,648,738)
  6. Li Bingbing (7,481,904)
  7. Xie Na (7,469,939)
  8. Yang Mi (7,429,738)
  9. Chen Kun (7,136,145)
  10. Huang Jianxiang (6,609,674)


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