Lady Gaga 20 Million Twitter Followers; Singer Reaches Social Media Milestone
When it comes to Hollywood's most Googled, Lady Gaga's search numbers haven't quite reached the heights of Justin Bieber's. But in the Twitter universe, Little Monsters trump Beliebers.
While Bieber likely broke a record for the most widespread social media message on his 18th birthday last week, it was Gaga who recently hit a Twitter milestone, surpassing 20 million followers. At the time this was written, Gaga counted 20,172,986 followers, and Bieber's totalled 18,135,643.
While Gaga is clearly the ultimate fame monster, other stars with impressive Twitter fan bases include Katy Perry (15,777,783 followers), Shakira (14,585,941) and Rihanna (14,524,959). President Obama, whose Google search volume has far surpassed that of Gaga, trails far behind the pop megastar on Twitter, with a mere 12,854,094 followers.
While Gaga has yet to comment on the record, we imagine her reaction will be similar to one that she posted last month:
19 Million Followers!!! HOLY HOOKER!!! *goes back to work*— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) February 9, 2012
And below, find out which celebrities have tried to quit Twitter.
Adele <a href="http://uk.omg.yahoo.com/news/adele-quits-twitter-newborn-son-receives-death-threats-103514469.html" target="_hplink">quit in November</a> after Twitter trolls bombarded the site with <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/22/adeles-baby-welcomed-with-insults-taunts-twitter-trolls_n_2002156.html" target="_hplink">disgusting insults and taunts</a> when news broke that the "Someone Like You" singer had given birth.
The "30 Rock" star quit Twitter for the second time in July after getting married to Hilaria Thomas. (<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/07/alec-baldwin-quits-twitte_n_1134909.html" target="_hplink">He first quit in December</a>, after ranting about getting booted off an American Airlines flight). Now he's done away with his personal handle, @alecbaldwin, for good, but remains active via his foundation, <a href="https://twitter.com/ABFalecbaldwin" target="_hplink">@ABFoundation</a>.
There are only two words that need to be said about Miley Cyrus quitting Twitter, back in 2009, and they are<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tSOTQPUQoU" target="_hplink"> This. Video</a>.
Make up your mind already! Amanda Bynes took to Twitter to announce that <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/20/amanda-bynes-24-ive-retir_n_618619.html" target="_hplink">she was retiring from acting</a>, at age 24, in June 2010. A month later, Bynes announced <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/25/amanda-bynes-unretires-fr_n_658468.html" target="_hplink">she was unretiring from acting</a>. Then, in September the same year, she announced she was <a href="http://popwatch.ew.com/2010/09/10/amanda-bynes-quits-twitter/" target="_hplink">sacking her Twitter account</a>, only to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/27/amanda-bynes-twitter-return-posts-bare-midriff-pictures-photos_n_814858.html" target="_hplink">reemerge (with skin-baring photos)</a> under the new handle <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/msamandabynes" target="_hplink">@msamandabynes</a>. The <a href="https://twitter.com/msamandabynes" target="_hplink">account is not visible </a>to the public.
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/27/john-mayer-twitter-is-pre_n_553907.html" target="_hplink">John Mayer admitted in June 2010</a> that he was "pretty much done" with his Twitter account, saying that "every night I think about canceling my Twitter account." The <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/john-mayer-reveals-why-he-quit-twitter-20110713" target="_hplink">self-professed "tweetaholic" did delete his account</a>, but, like any true addict, <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnMayer" target="_hplink">rejoined</a>.
After tweeting what many considered to be dark <a href="http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2011/09/sinead-oconnor-suicide-options-twitter-rant" target="_hplink">suicidal thoughts</a> and cries for sexual attention on her Twitter account in 2011, the singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor did away with her account, the cheekily-named <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/howryeh" target="_hplink">@howryeh</a>. In September 2011, O'Connor, who suffers from bi-polar disorder, told the <em>Guardian </em> that her Twitter posts had been a "cry for help."
He didn't quit, per se, but the "Two and a Half Men" actor and public internet entrepreneur announced he would be seeking <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20544312,00.html" target="_hplink">Twitter management with the firm Katalyst Media</a> after publicly scolding Penn State over the firing of Jerry Sandusky, before he had read news about the molestation scandal. "While I feel that running this feed myself gives me a closer relationship to my friends and fans, I've come to realize that it has grown into more [than] a fun tool to communicate with people," Kutcher wrote on <a href="http://aplusk.posterous.com/twitter-management" target="_hplink">his blog. </a>
He's done it before, but <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/17/chris-brown-deletes-twitt_n_1100090.html" target="_hplink">Chris Brown most recently quit his Twitter account -- and removed most of his timeline -- in November 2011 after <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/17/chris-brown-deletes-twitt_n_1100090.html" target="_hplink">ranting about Rihanna</a>. A sign that Brown had had enough: "I don't say s**t to anybody and everyone feels its cool to attack me. GROWN ADULTS!!!! that s**t happened three years ago!" the singer wrote.