Elon Musk is now the most followed person on Twitter
Elon Musk, Twitter CEO, is now the most followed person on Twitter, with 133 million followers.
The Tesla founder and billionaire became the social media platform’s most followed person, knocking former US president Barack Obama from the top spot.
Musk became the CEO of Twitter after buying the company in October 2022. Since he took over, the company has faced a string of controversies, including Musk firing thousands of employees.
Now, he’s the most followed user on the app.
Musk’s feat comes after he made changes to the algorithm that promoted his tweets to all Twitter users.
The change was implemented after Musk was reportedly unhappy that his tweet about the Super Bowl received fewer likes than US President Joe Biden’s, as reported by Platformer.
Within a day of the Super Bowl tweet, Musk’s posts flooded users’ For You timelines.
This incident came just days after a report that Musk fired a Twitter engineer after they suggested that he was getting fewer views on his tweets because interest in him was fading.
And last year, Musk reportedly fired Twitter employees for criticising his tweets about Twitter’s performance on Slack.
Despite his rocky leadership, Musk has managed to climb to the top of Twitter’s most-followed list, beating out the likes of Barack Obama and Justin Bieber.
Top 10 followed accounts on Twitter
1. Elon Musk (133 million)
The Twitter CEO is now the most followed person on Twitter. He’s shared insights into running the social media platform and has even called for users to vote on policy changes.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 28, 2023
2. Barack Obama (133 million)
Former US president Barack Obama uses his Twitter to draw attention to major political issues. This week, he called for stricter gun laws in the wake of the Nashville shooting.
We are failing our children. Guns are now the leading cause of death for children in the U.S.
Michelle and I mourn with the students and families of the Covenant School today. pic.twitter.com/8X9qKKzB9d
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 27, 2023
3. Justin Bieber (113.3 million)
Justin Bieber has been quiet on Twitter in recent months, but has previously used the platform to announce projects, tours, and collaborations.
long time coming and excited to finally announce https://t.co/dFc8NBoFs0
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) December 1, 2022
4. Katy Perry (108.3 million)
Singer Katy Perry has been sharing pictures and clips from her gig as an American Idol host, as well as promoting her shoe brand.
Yes we are very qualified judges I promise 🤝 #idol pic.twitter.com/h7tVrParPh
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) March 27, 2023
5. Rihanna (108.2 million)
Rihanna uses her platform to promote her Fenty beauty line, as well as to share her photoshoots, including pictures of her baby son.
swipe for a magic trick….
melt tf awf.
this new @fentyskin jelly-oil cleanser boutta make you weep 💦#MELTAWF available now at @sephora #sephoracanada, Sephora @Kohls, and https://t.co/yH0c5kbImb pic.twitter.com/q0c8GlJ7Tn
— Rihanna (@rihanna) March 25, 2023
6. Cristiano Ronaldo (108.1 million)
Cristiano Ronaldo frequently shares photos from his football games with his 100 million followers, and often promotes his sponsored partnerships.
2 jogos, 2 vitórias! Objetivo cumprido. Feliz por ter contribuído para este início muito positivo da nossa seleção. Vamos!💪🏼🇵🇹 pic.twitter.com/mLmlAVGFiU
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) March 26, 2023
7. Taylor Swift (92.5 million)
Taylor Swift, who is currently on tour, has been sharing concert pictures and videos with her followers.
Last night in Vegas Marcus Mumford showed up and surprised the crowd with ‘Cowboy Like Me’ so like 🤩🤯😝! Thank you to @marcusmumford and that glorious crowd. See you next weekend in Texas! pic.twitter.com/UzDL6WCiwq
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) March 26, 2023
8. Narendra Modi (87.4 million)
The Prime Minister of India tweets frequently and shares official political news.
The cinematic brilliance and success of ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ has drawn global attention as well as acclaim. Today, I had the opportunity to meet the brilliant team associated with it. They have made India very proud. @guneetm @EarthSpectrum pic.twitter.com/44u16fbk3j
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 30, 2023
9. Lady Gaga (84.7 million)
Lady Gaga has used her Twitter account to share clips of her performances and to promote her make-up line, Haus Labs.
#Oscars 2023 🖤 @tiffanyandco @hauslabs pic.twitter.com/L7BXQvpSOO
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) March 13, 2023
10. YouTube (78.8 million)
Video-sharing platform YouTube is the 10th-most followed account, and often calls on fans to share their opinions, and favourite videos and creators.
tag a creator who deserves some flowers 🌷🌷🌷
— YouTube (@YouTube) March 28, 2023