Bill Gates On Twitter

Bill Gates has actively joined the micro blogging phenomenon known as Twitter. For anyone that knows Twitter, the response is: Big Deal! From the rest of you, some who haven’t joined Twitter yet, this may prove to be an interesting read. The power of Social Media, especially sites like Twitter, is enormous! People like Bill Gates can have a massive influence over the world, across borders, in a matter of seconds, whenever they want to put across their views or marketing ideas.

Social Vehicles Of Influence

Barack Obama on TwitterBarack Obama used social media, especially Twitter, in his successful Presidential campaign. Things have quietened down a bit since then on the tweeting front, but I suppose he is running a country (and some would say ‘the world’). Busy people like Bill Gates are joining in droves to these Vehicles of Influence as they know that they will be left behind if they don’t jump on the bandwagon. Twitter, along with sites like FaceBook, have become a vehicle to give individuals an instant voice to the masses, much to the dismay of newpapers, TV stations, and governments I’m sure!

Bill Gates On Twitter

Bill Gates on TwitterThis is Bill Gates on Twitter. Yesterday he had 40,000 followers.

  • Today as I started writing this, he had 88,000 followers.
  • Currently Bill had 96,000 followers when I typed this.
  • At time of publishing (I updated just before publishing) Bill Gates had 118,000 followers on Twitter.

Watch as he moves towards the top Twitter users in the world, regardless if he chooses to tweet or not. This is the amazing power of Social Media and you will see how Bill Gates can use Twitter as a very effective marketing and publicity tool. I have no doubt he will use it to push the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which would be a smart idea.

The Current Top Twitter Users

You will notice how there is a diversity of people on Twitter. Jump on TwitterHolic to see a great ranking system for members based on followers.

Ellen DeGeneres on TwitterThese are the top 5 Twitter users, by followers, according to TwitterHolic on 20 Jan, 2010:

  1. Ashton Kutcher – 4,398,335 followers
  2. Britney Spears4,251,070 followers
  3. Ellen DeGeneres4,127,380 followers
  4. Barack Obama3,163,536 followers
  5. Oprah Winfrey3,036,991 followers

Keep in mind that Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) was the first one to reach 1,000,000 followers in 2009. Since then there are over 200 (213 today) accounts with over 1,000,000 Twitter followers. It has been an avalanche of Twitter activity all over the world!

More Twitter Users

Ben Stiller on TwitterHere are some examples of rankings from TwitterHolic:

Keep an eye on Bill Gates (@BillGates) over the next days and weeks. I have no doubt he will move far beyond 1,000,000 followers on no time flat, charging into the top 10 Twitter users and possibly taking out a pole position on the Top Spot giving Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) a run for his money.

Let’s see how it goes. Welcome to Twitter, Mr Bill Gates.

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
Aussie Internet Marketer © 2004 – 2010

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About Sean Rasmussen

Sean Rasmussen is a passionate blogger and has been a full time internet marketer since 2005. When he's not with his family, or dog Buddy, Sean is usually blogging or doing something related to the internet.

Comments

  1. Gosh…looks like that Sean Rasmussen fellow is going to give them a run for their money 😉
    The velocity at which Bill Gates is making his way to the top really does show the impact of social media. A good reminder to us all that it is a useful tool. Now, to find a pocket for it in my tool belt…hmm..not a lot of room there…oh delicious is in the way. Ah..squashed it in with Digg.

    Thanks, Eileen.
    .-= Eileen´s last blog ..Leaky Gut Syndrome =-.

  2. Great article Sean. Who is Bill Gates lol

  3. Its amazing how quickly followers can build if you already have a “brand” to market off. For use mere mortals it may take a little while longer.

    Oh and FYI – followers now = 291,390
    .-= Cemil´s last blog ..Domain Parking =-.

  4. Mr Gates now has more than 292,000 followers!!
    .-= Jan Littlehales´s last blog ..Welcome to Raising Great Kids Blog =-.

  5. Such numbers of followers do not surprise me at all.He’s so popular that it’s absolutely normal.Don’t like him by the way.

  6. I am still so confused why Ashton has so many followers….Ashton who?
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Sign Language for Babies =-.

  7. I have just looking at stats on Twitter Bill Gates today is following 44 people there are 578,378 Flowers and he has made 76 tweets so is there any real benefit to so many following him ?

  8. One can almost forget that Bill Gates is still around! LOL!!

    I read in the Sydney Morning Herald today that Conan O’Brien decided to randomly follow a 19 year old student in the US. Now she is “super famous”. Goes to show!!

    But also for Conan it proves that social media is far more powerful than “old” mediums like… the TV. Because his agreement with NBC that he could not appear on TV for several months – who needs TV to be visible?
    .-= Samantha Banfield´s last blog ..Sean Rasmussen and his crazy talk! =-.

  9. I love it that Ellen deGeneres has 8 times more followers than Bill Gates and more than Oprah and Obama. Go the gay girl.

  10. I love Twitter, but can say that I do not follow Bill Gates…he probably has some one in his office on twitter for him. Actually that would be a job i would love to do…..work for person who updates their twitter account, facebook account, myspace, blogs, websites…a passion of mine and get paid for it!! That would be a great job. Still can not believe that the likes of Oprah, Bill, Aston, Obama have so many followers!! Amazing tool Twitter is.
    .-= Lisa Wood´s last blog ..Its Meant To Be =-.

  11. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    Today Bill has 598, 839 followers. It just goes to show that if you have any kind of presence in the real world, you can be a super star on Twitter.

    I find the power of Twitter to be absolutely amazing. Twitter gives anyone the ability to get their voice out there and be heard by people all around the world. Even if you’re not a celebrity.

  12. There is no doubt that Bill Gates still has a dominant presence in this world, first as one of the founders of Microsoft and now via his involvement in the Gates foundation.

    The amount of money that Warrenn Buffett is leaving in Bill’s custody at the Gates Foundation is just staggering. A great vote of confidence in the man! When Buffett was asked by journalists why he didn’t just give the money to the US government, he said plainly that he thought Gates would do a better job.
    .-= Tom McEwin´s last blog ..Getting Targeted Internet Traffic and a Hungry Crowd =-.

    • I am skeptical. I suspect the Gates Foundation is a way for Bill and Warren to reduce their taxes. I also wonder about the things they are sponsoring. Genetically Modified Food for instance (I am very anti GMF – they can destroy us all). Vaccines in Africa for another. Recently vaccines for Africa were found to be contaminated. (I am not saying Bill or Warren had anything to do with these contaminated vaccines just that it is a concern that they should risk getting involved in an area that is mired in controversy).
      .-= Wal Heinrich´s last blog ..Internet Marketing Why? How? =-.

  13. I just watched Bill put on another 426 followers in the last minute! Where is Twitter going to end up? It is a Brave New World we are heading towards. Sean, if you want a million followers, just make a few billion dollars this year. I predict this will get you the attention you need to achieve it.
    .-= Wal Heinrich´s last blog ..Internet Marketing Why? How? =-.

  14. Richard Branson has 282,465. Interesting that he follows 6,485 people. A whole lot less than his number of followers (as with all of the famous/high profile people), but at least he does actually follow people too.
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..Richard Branson Business School: A day visit =-.

    • I guess they can be selective as everybody knows them already anyway. Us “mere mortals” don’t have that bonus to be already classified as interesting, we still have to proof that 🙂
      .-= Renee´s last blog ..Motivational Music =-.

  15. Ellen regularly invites people to follow her and on every episode she tweets about her guests so it’s no wonder she has so many followers. Some day I’ll have just as many 🙂 Will you be one of them? Sean is!!
    .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..I Am Attracting You and Your Vote Via Law Of Attraction =-.

  16. So Bill finally got it, eh. i knew he’d work out we knew what we were doing eventually
    .-= Jo Carey-Bradshaw´s last blog ..Empowering Mindset – Mindfulness =-.

  17. 631,372 followers for Bill Gates today. And he follows a mere 44 people! Some he’s following are: Carnegie Foundation, Microsoft, Apple (joking! no!), UNICEF, Ted Talk, The White House, to name a few. He retweeted a tweet from Ryan Seacrest (American Idol host) recently!

    The RT was about kids dying from malaria.

    Go Bill.
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..Blog comments on steroids =-.

  18. Hi Wal,
    I can relate to skepticism on what’s supposed to be good gestures by people of influence. It’s yet to be proven that vaccines are beneficial to anyone.

    Dr Viera Scheibner has dedicated her life to vaccine research and relates it to causing Autism in children.
    .-= Jill Brown´s last blog ..Lifestyle with Sean Rasmussen – Affiliate Marketing =-.

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