The 140-character forum is one of the best and most accessible popularity contests online. Who’s winning? Lady Gaga, who reigns as No. 1. Celebrities tweet about everything from mundane details of their day to big announcements.
1.) Lady Gaga (@ladygaga)- This Lady has been dominating Twitter since she first exploded on the scene: The trend setter singer and fashionista has a whopping 12,219,059 followers.
2.) Justin Bieber (@justinbieber)- The heartthrob of millions is one of the most active celebrity users of the website. He obliges nearly 11,472,070 fans in kind with multiple posts per day. He has been on the site for just 28 months and has nearly 10,000 Twitter posts, an average of over 350 posts per month and more than 10 a day!
3.) Barack Obama (@BarackObama)- 44th President of the United States is the only person on the top ten list who is not a Hollywood celebrity. By far the most accessible President in U.S. history, Obama isn’t taking his 9,435,149 followers for granted: He recently held a Twitter Town Hall, an open digital forum where he communicated directly with his followers and also made news for initiating the Debt Ceiling campaign on Twitter.
4.) Katy Perry (@katyperry)- has 8,817,868 followers. The singer has made more than 3,000 posts since she started using the service. Perry announces concerts, album releases and even sends jokes to her followers.
5.) Britney Spears (@britneyspears )- She is yet another female singer is also one of the most popular celebrities on Twitter. Spears has 8,767,839 followers thanks to her album sales and a new concert tour. She also follows more than 420,000 Twitter accounts like any good celebrity who keeps up with her fans.
6.) Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian)-This Business woman, exec producer, fashion designer, and perfumista in the age of reality television and all things Twitter, is the main wheel that keeps the pop culture influence of the Kardashian-Jenner unit turning, allowing her steady fan base the opportunity to live vicariously through her very public lifestyle. The curvaceous woman ranks #4 with 8,704,371 followers.
7.) Shakira (@Shakira) The Colombian singer has now surpassed Oprah in Twitter followers – making her the only Latina currently among the Top 10 most followed users on the social media website! She is holding her ground with 7,360,520 followers. If we can only get more Latinos to join her.
8.) Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk)- known to his followers as the one "who makes stuff". Kutcher was one of the first celebrities (along with his wife, Demi Moore) to get in on the tweeting game and it paid off very well– the hunky actor and wannabe activist has 7,314,857 followers.
9.) Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13)- This confession-prone crossover superstar has 7,284,502 Twitter fans adoring her every word.
10.) Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow)- The always funny talk show host leaves her 7,194,458 followers in splits with her silly jokes. “Being a celebrity I learn a lot of Hollywood secrets, like who’s dating whom, and where to get free air for my tires.” jokes DeGeneres.