Controversial singer-songwriter Lady Gaga could be the first user in the history of popular social networking site Twitter to hit 30 million followers.
Techcrunch, a technology news and analysis site, predicts Lady Gaga will become the first user of Twitter to have 30 million followers in 12 days. Currently, Gaga has 29,720,860 followers on Twitter.
Justin Biever, who will hit the 30 million mark in 50 days, is trailing Gaga with 28,238,847 followers for the second spot while Katy Perry who has 26,950,784 followers will hit the 30 million in 72 days.
To some investors or anyone interested on the count for whatever reasons, the huge number of followers may not be indicative of the celebrity's ability to influence buying habits.
Ev Williams, one of Twitter’s co-founders and a board member seems inclined to put more value on retweets rather than followers.
"The thing I think would be more interesting than followers is... retweets," clarifying that a simple measure of followers "doesn't capture your distribution," he told buzzfeed.com
"The dream metric," he said, "is how many people saw your tweet."
In June 2012, Semiocast, a social media expert says Twitter has reached over 500 million users but there were questions as to the number of actual users. Twitter says about 40% logs in but do not tweet while there were claims some of them are actually fake.
Gaga joined Twitter in 2009 and has since been fighting neck and neck with Justin Biever for the top slot in the Twitter race with most numbers of followers.