Katy Perry rides closer to 50m mark on Twitter
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Pop star Katy Perry was on the threshold on Thursday of becoming the first person ever to have more than 50 million followers on Twitter.
Twitter Counter, a service for tracking Twitter usage, predicted that Perry, 29, whose Dark Horse featuring Juicy J is atop this week's Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, would roar through the 50 million barrier sometime on Friday.
On Thursday, her @katyperry account claimed 49,989,780 followers.
"Crazy, isn't it?" said Twitter Counter in an email, adding that Perry - who tweets regularly to her fans, but follows only 130 people herself - "never really shared her Twitter milestones". Teen idol Justin Bieber dethroned Lady Gaga as the most followed Twitter user in January last year, but ceded the top spot to Perry in November, with United States President Barack Obama in third place.