Tendulkar joins celebrities on Twitter

Published: May 6, 2010
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Tendulkar was welcomed by Bollywood on Twitter. (AFP)

Tendulkar was welcomed by Bollywood on Twitter. (AFP)

KARACHI: Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has joined Twitter and there are already plans in place to make him the biggest star on the website.

A number of celebrities have accounts on social networking and micro-blogging sites. Twitter is home to celebrities from all over the globe, Pakistani celebrities such as Ali Zafar and Atif Aslam have accounts, Indian director Karan Johar is an active tweeter and Hollywood superstar Ashton Kutcher has the most followers on Twitter. Now Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has joined their ranks.

Tendulkar was ‘welcomed’ on the website by a number of Indian celebrities including Bollywood actor and host Shilpa Shetty, who believes that the cricketer joining Twitter is cause for celebration. Tendulkar said he joined because he was told that someone was masquerading as him on Twitter, and was giving his opinion on various matches. Tendulkar thought this was unfair as it was misleading people.

Tendulkar, who is said to be reserved and private, is getting used to tweeting and is determined to strike a balance between his private and public life. India’s Mid Day newspaper was very excited that Tendulkar joined Twitter and has started a campaign which aims for Tendulkar to have the most followers on the network. On the website mid-day. com the newspaper has posted “We at the Mid Day think he (Tendulkar) should be the biggest star on the social networking platform. Ashton Kucher, Hollywood poster boy, is the world’s number one tweeter.

Mid Day wants Sachin Tendulkar to beat him. We need your support.” Hollywood actor Kutcher beat CNN to become the first Twitter user to reach one million followers. He challenged CNN to a race on Twitter to see who could reach one million followers first. The young star won and used his fame for a good cause; by donating 10,000 anti-malaria bed nets through Malaria No More.

Now Mid Day has started a new campaign to promote Tendulkar and although the ace cricketer joined the network on May 5, 2010 he has a population of one billion rooting for him. Beating the one million target should not be too difficult.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • AZMAT KHAN
    May 7, 2010 - 2:10AM

    TENDULKAR IS NO DOUBT AMONG THE ALL TIME GREATS OF THE CRICKET
    WORLD.IN THIS PERSPECTIVE THERE SHOULD BE NO AMAZEMENT IF HE IS
    HONOURED WITH HIS DUE LAURELS.HE DESERVES IT BEYOND DOUBTS.I AM
    ALL PRAISE FOR HIM.Recommend

  • devin
    May 7, 2010 - 7:02AM

    it goes vthout saying he is in league of top personalities in world.being on twitter he will surpass all.his humility is known to all…his humbleness beats all so how can anyone be on top when sachin is there…i m with mid-day n sachin….like on crease he will break all record on twitter tooo…we will make him no.1 on twitter
    good luckRecommend

  • areena
    May 7, 2010 - 9:04AM

    atif aslam z not on twitter…!! info given here z wrong..,that atif z on twitter..!!Recommend

  • May 7, 2010 - 6:05PM

    sachin is proud of our india .every indian proud on him and also him self because we born in tendulker”s country .Recommend

  • vivek narasimham
    May 9, 2010 - 10:52AM

    SACHIN TENDULKAR…. the great name in India…… we cannot think of a better person in the past 2 decades…. one Sachin.. one Viswanth anand…One Abdul Kalam…..One A R Rehman……. we are proud to be born in India….Jai HoRecommend

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