At 151.4 million followers, Elon Musk is now the most followed person on the X app (formerly known as Twitter). Musk pipped some of the most followed celebs on the platform, including former US President Barack Obama (131.9 million), Justin Beiber (111.8 million), Cristiano Ronaldo (109.1 million), Katy Perry (107.2 million), Narendra Modi (90.7 million), Donald Trump (86.5 million), and others. The 51 year old billionaire has no presence on any other social media platform besides probably a finsta on rival Mark Zuckerberg’s Instagram. Meanwhile, other contending billionaires on X are Bill Gates (63.2 million), Jeff Bezos (6.3 million), and Mark Zuckerberg’s unverified profile (678.2k).
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Elon Musk joined the app when it was still Twitter, in June 2009. After making a joke about acquiring the bird app, he joined the board as a majority shareholder. He offered to buy the platform and then backed down, citing many issues, including the abundance of bots. After a lawsuit by Twitter, Musk reluctantly obliged and bought the app for a whopping $44 billion.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 29, 2023
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With a slew of changes and a tiff with half the user base, including the likes of Stephen King, Musk’s plans to refurbish the app added more distress to the chaos at the Internet’s public town square. While many users threatened to leave (few did), Musk remained nonchalant. With the arrival of many contenders, including Meta’s Threads app, Musk finally pulled the curtains on Twitter. The company was rebranded as X, which has been Musk’s longstanding vision – to build an everything app. Musk believes that X will be the most valuable brand on the planet within
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 23, 2023