Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Bollywood celebrities on Twitter: a guide for your timepass

If last year was the Year of the Blog in Bollywood, this year is turning out to the year of Microblogging - more specifically twitter.

If you don't know what twitter is, think of it this way: its a way to connect with people who won't be your friend on Facebook. If you don't know what Facebook is, it might be time to have kids so they can teach you.

In any case, I decided to track Bollywood celebrity tweets on the Drift (you can see the stream in the middle column on this site). Following celeb tweets is much like watching a Govinda movie in the sense that if you are not a fan of Govinda, you won't enjoy it much.

Below I've reproduced the most prominent, more or less verified, Bollywood celebs on twitter with the number of people who are following them. If the rank in the list surprises you, note that on twitter the celeb who wins the most followers must not only possess fame but also demonstrate a sparkling personality and have time to tweet (yes, we fans are getting tougher to please).

For the techies among you, I have this Yahoo Pipe that I'll keep updated to follow celeb tweets. Feel free to use it any which way.

Celeb
Followers
Priyanka Chopra
66603
Karan Johar
25250
Gul Panag
21704
Mallika Sherawat
20482
Sonam Kapoor
18654
Imran Khan
15207
A. R. Rahman
14412
Uday Chopra
10827
Riteish Deshmukh
8491
Dino Morea
8171
Akshay Kumar
6932
Shreya Ghoshal
6267
Vishal Dadlani
5648
Ayesha Takia
3813
Tarun Mansukhani
3688
Konkana Sen Sharma
3608
Kailash Kher
2693
Shruti Haasan
1970
Shekhar Ravjiani
885
Goldie Behl
360
Ranvir Shorey
284
Madhavan166

Note: Followers change hourly - my numbers were pulled on Monday

18 comments:

lin said...

aspi, are you sure the Aishwarya twitter is real?

Anonymous said...

Aishwarya is definitely NOT on Twitter. That was confirmed by Amitabh on his blog.

It is a fake or parody account.

Reeldeal said...

I agree. Only 3 or 4 out of the list are Twitter "Verified Accounts".

Aspi said...

Aishwarya was borderline. If we know for sure, I'll take it off. Thanks!

Who else is fake? ARR? Let me know - I've been following and trying to determine authenticity.

Realdeal - 'verified a/c' aren't always the only indicator.

Aspi said...

Ok Aish is gone. FYI, I often see who the celebs are interacting with and decide who is real and fake. Subjective, yes. But I think it works.

Tanvi said...

I believe Asin is also not on Twitter. That's what I remember reading in one of her interviews.

Aspi said...

Tanvi, right. I googled, checked. Took Asin off the list.

meena said...

uday chopra has 10,000 followers? Ok his life better be very interesting!

Lin said...

Konkana Sen Sharma is on.

And has a tweet to Ranvir asking why she can't follow him. Heh

http://twitter.com/konkonas

Madhavan.
http://twitter.com/ActorMadhavan

bollywooddeewana said...

I admire your enthusiasm, you actually made a table ranking them from the highest to lowest ;0)

Aspi said...

Lin, many thanks. I actually had Konkana on but when I was working on her post for some reason her account had been pulled. Will add both!

bollywooddewwana, first rule of getting people interested - make lists with ranks :)

Aspi said...

meena, fortuitously enough, Uday's latest tweet:
"my life is very normal it's so normal that ull be surprised "

Anonymous said...

Lara Dutta is confirmed..you can find her on ritesh's friends

Anonymous said...

Hi Friends,
Sushmita Sen is on twitter now, follow her at 'thesushmitasen'

Aspi said...

Hmmm...that a/c looks a little hokey. Are you sure that's her?

Ram said...

Hi Aspi, that is Sushmita Sen @thesushmitasen, her website with the same name thesushmitasen.com is getting ready.
Ram
Aspi said...
Hmmm...that a/c looks a little hokey. Are you sure that's her?

Aspi said...

Ok fair enough, I'll add her to my lists if you think its kosher.

Riddhima said...

Hey Nikhil Dwivedi is on twitter too..think he has recently joined in

chk him @nikhil_dwivedi