Let’s face it: Stephen Fry‘s numbers on Twitter are insane.
Sure, Twittercounter will tell you he’s the #3 most followed user on the network, but the reality is that the two accounts above him – Barack Obama and CNN Breaking News – are not run by a single person. Obama’s account is in the hands of his PR team, and CNN have God knows how many people working on their Internet output.
The reality is that of all the people that do their own updates on Twitter, Fry is #1. This also, by default, makes him the #1 celebrity, as he’s, you know, famous.
Twitter has gone through enormous growth in the last 2-3 months, thanks predominately to the endorsement provided to the masses by the likes of Fry et al, but even then Stephen’s stats are pretty unbelievable. Check it out:
This is just in the last month. On January 20, Fry had 51,881 followers. As of the time of writing this post, he has 208,750. That’s a four-fold increase. In a month.
Twitter itself has around 177,756 followers. Britney Spears, who is clearly far more famous globally than Fry, and who appears to occasionally contribute to her account, is the #2 celebrity with 156,596. Lance Armstrong, at #7 overall on Twitter, has 140,332. Al Gore has 123,989, despite only getting his team to update about once per month.
(I’m gonna throw a bone to Wil Wheaton here, who, as one of the first truly famous people to use Twitter – way back on June 14, 2008 – has 109,406 followers, and ranks #13 overall.)
But why? What is it about Fry that has made him of such appeal to the Twittersphere? And what manner of celebrity would it take to catch, and dare we say, pass him?