By Prince Osuagwu
Popular singer, song-writer and actress, Katy Perry, has emerged the most followed person for 2014. It was the year that Twitter’s most-followed star Katy Perry https://twitter.com/katyperry hit the 61 million follower mark. She is closely followed in second place by Justin Bieber on 57 million, and Barack Obama, who, with 50 million followers, is the third most-followed person in the world, and the most-followed political or world leader on the platform.
Beside these three, others who made to the top 10 list included Taylor Swift – 48m, YouTube – 46m , Lady Gaga – 43m, Britney Spears- 39m, Justin Timberlake – 38m, Rihanna – 38m, and Instagram – 36m
Wizkid holds firm
Here in Nigeria, popular and award winning musician, Ayo Balogun, popularly known as Whiz Kid holds the top position. Wizkid was the first Nigerian artiste to reach one million followers on Twitter. He is followed by Davido, D’Banj and Don Jazzy, all in the entertainment sector.
Exciting Twitter year
2014 was a very exciting year on Twitter. It was the year in which England crashed out of the World Cup, the Queen sent her first ever Tweet, Scotland debated independence, and @Philae2014 Tweeted live from space as it landed on the Rosetta Comet.
People send more than 500 million Tweets per day. Each one contributes something special to Twitter, but only one is recognized as the “Golden Tweet,” a.k.a. the most-Retweeted Tweet of the year. This year, the honor goes to @TheEllenShow’s starry photo from the March Oscars telecast.
Victor Moses pips Mikel
Sport also took a dominant spot in 2014. For instance in the Nigerian setting, Soccer star, Victor Moses, has the highest Twitter followers in the sports category. Worldwide, a record 672 million Tweets were sent about this year’s World Cup finals in Brazil. In a World Cup year it is perhaps no surprise that the UK’s top ten most-Tweeted-about moments were sport-related. The 7-1 sweep of mighty Brazil by Germany, not only set a soccer record, it was also a record on Twitter, as the match generated the highest number of Tweets in soccer history.