Shakira's followers: Twitter Alert

Shakira becomes the seventh most popular person on Twitter.

Express August 09, 2011

While Slackistan actor Aisha Linnea is celebrating 1,000 followers on Twitter, Colombian singer Shakira has become the seventh most-popular person on the microblogging site, with nearly 7.42 million followers, her publicist announced on Monday, August 8.

The artist now has more followers than celebrities and performers such as Ashton Kutcher, Taylor Swift and Oprah Winfrey, according to statistics compiled by the social network.

Shakira’s total number of followers exceeds that of Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Barack Obama, Katie Perry, Britney Spears and Kim Kardashian, in that order.

In addition, Shakira also leads the Twitter list of most-followed Spanish-speaking celebrities.

The Colombian singer has more than 38 million fans on Facebook and her videos and tunes have had more than a billion views on YouTube.

While Twitter makes for an essential part of stardom for many celebrities, Hollywood icons like Daniel Craig don’t plan to join any social networking website because he does not want to share tit-bits about his personal life.

In fact, the James Bond star is bemused by those who post mundane details on the internet about their lives, reports

“I am not on Facebook and I’m not on Twitter either... ‘Woke up this morning, had an egg’? What relevance is that to anyone? Social networking? Just call each other up and go to the pub and have a drink,” he said.

“There’s some talk of a new class-system paradigm — that, in future, the world will be divided between those who ‘get’ social networking and those who don’t. I’m really not bothered,” he added.

In Bollywood, celebrities just finished celebrating Friendship Day. Earlier, the tinsel town was all praise for Priyanka Chopra’s foray into the music world on a global platform. Her industry friends like Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Farhan Akhtar, Riteish Deshmukh, and filmmaker Kunal Kohli wished her good luck.

We present a roundup of just a few Twitter updates below

Wasim Akram

Beautiful day in Karachi. Off to pick kids from school.

Salman Ahmad

Like murder, theft and arson, war should be declared unlawful under any circumstances by the international court of justice.

Ali Zafar

Can I be your best friend just for the day? You would have to tell me your deepest darkest secret though. Deepest is not too important, but it must be the darkest secret.

Taylor Swift

So happy about the Teen Choice Awards. Thanks to you guys, I now have 13 TCA’s total.

Priyanka Chopra

Chilly day today, but I feel like sunshine. Wonder what adventures are in store today. Smiling for no reason.

Preity Zinta

Please check the verified sign on Twitter accounts of celebrities. That’s the only way to separate the real ones from the fake ones.

Sonam Kapoor

Trying to understand what people get out of hurting people, why hate is such a strong emotion and how it can sometimes overrule love.

Amitabh Bachchan

There shall never be a perfect situation in life, but a life in which you can attempt to make it so.

Aaminah Haq

What to do for Eid? Ideally, would be nice to get a sack of dineros from well wishers.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2011.


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