Lady Gaga has shaken up the music world with her chart-topping singles, outrageous outfits and perfectly choreographed music videos. And now, the 24-year-old singer has become the world’s top Twitter user by overtaking current champ Britney Spears’ number of followers.
After steadily gaining on Britney Spears, who until recently was the most-followed user on the social-networking site, Gaga surpassed her fellow pop supernova over the weekend by landing over 5.7 million followers.
At press time, Gaga’s Twitter army clocked in at 5,726,168 deep, besting Britney, who had 5,696,275 followers. Just days ago, the chart-toppers were neck-and-neck, with Spears boasting 5,646,028 Twitter peeps to Gaga’s 5,635,460.
When Gaga learned she had dethroned Spears, she took to the Internet to thank the people who made it all possible: her fans. In a video posted online, Gaga doles out heaps of “monster” love to her followers for solidifying her digital dominance.
Sporting a lace headpiece adorned with a sequined Twitter logo and an ornamental Gaga-fied version of the site’s familiar bird symbol, the singer addressed her nearly 6 million followers.
“Hello world, this is Lady Gaga, queen of Twitter,” said the singer, with a flourish of an illuminated scepter and a sprinkle of glitter; a move that was part-Elizabethan royalty and part-Glinda the Good Witch. “I wanted to thank all my beautiful little monsters for following me. Thank you for beginning my reign as Twitter queen.”
The singer then wished her Twitter-dom only the most enjoyable of experiences when logging onto the micro-blogging site. “May you always have soft cuticles while tweeting,” Gaga said wistfully. “May you never have carpal tunnel.”
The “Bad Romance” singer, who filmed the clip backstage at her Monster Ball Tour stop in Tacoma, Washington, promised to keep the Twitter nonsense to a minimum. “I vow never to partake in celebrity online shenanigans,” Gaga said. “And I vow to always tweet and tweet again.”
Before signing off, Gaga left her legions of viral fans with a few words of encouragement. “Just remember that I love you,” Gaga said. “And love you yourself. Because little monsters, you were born that way, baby. I love you Twitter. See you at the Monster Ball.”
Twitter’s founder Daniel Dearlove said that the singer’s popularity showed how social networks were “helping stars turbo charge their ascent to fame”.
Actor Ashton Kutcher is the third biggest Twitter user, while musicians Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift also have over three million followers each.