Twitter Class of 2010 includes Bill Gates, Kanye West, Tiger Woods – International Business Times

The popular microblogging site Twitter is ending the year on a cheerful note with the number of accounts touching the 100 million mark. To celebrate this new milestone, the site has created an infographic flaunting some of the notable accounts opened this year.

Twitter’s ‘Class of 2010’ include world leaders, icons from the entertainment industry, popular sportspersons and more, indicating the growing popularity of the young social platform across all ages and industries.

“In 2010, Twitter grew by more than 100 million registered accounts. Here is a look at some of the people who joined the Twitterverse this year,” the company said on ‘Twitter 2010: Year In Review’

Titled ‘Who is new on Twitter 2010 – Celebrity Edition’, the infographic posted on online is a simple month-wise depiction of the big shots, who finally landed on the Twitter till November 2010.

World Leaders

While majority of the 41 personalities featured on the list included celebs from various fields, world leaders such as Dalai Lama, Donald Rumsfeld and Queen Noor of Jordan stood out. While the White House was represented by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Clarence House representing The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Prince Harry added royal touch to the list.

Standing for Europe was the account @euHvR, which is the channel of the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, managed by the media team. Samir Al-Rifai, Prime Minister of Jordan; Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela and Felipe Calderón, President of Mexico; and Dmitry Medvedev, President of Russia were the other leaders on the list.

Dilma Vana Rousseff, an economist, politician and current President-elect of Brazil, was the only woman from the world of power and politics to have made it to the list.

A different kind of leader, Bill Gates also joined Twitter in 2010. The chairman of Microsoft and philanthropist was the prominent business figure on the list.

Sports Stars

Sex scandal tainted golfer Tiger Woods, Chicago White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen, Professional basketball player Dirk Nowitzk, American professional basketball LeBrown James, Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, English footballer Darren Bent and the Uruguayan footballer Diego Forlan were among the sports stars decking the 2010 Twitter chart.

Twitter goofs-up on Indian cricketer’s link

While ace Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was one among the three Indian personalities, who figured on the list, the Twitter account link featured on the infographic was incorrect. The link posted on the graphic reads sachin_rt:, while the master blaster’s verified account is sachin_rt. Guess it will be only matter of time before the site is alerted on the goof-up and the mistake is rectified.

Two other Indian celebrities on the list include the global Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan and the graceful actress Madhuri Dikshit.

Leading Ladies

Besides Madhuri Dikshit, the 2010 list is populated with several leading ladies from music and fashion industry. Actress/model/humanitarian Molly Sims, and the former Spice girl and fashionista Victoria Beckham represented the fashion industry, while Cher and Hilary Duff, both blessed with the double talent of singing and acting, made it to the list.

Japanese female singer Ayaka was also featured on the list.


The rest of the list was dominated by entertainers. Joe Jonas from the Jonas Brothers, English rock star Billy Idol, rappers Lorenzo Jovanotti and Kanye West from the music industry landed on Twitter this year.

From the film industry, actors Russel Crowe and Sylvester Stallone; film director/poet/musician Leonard Nimoy, actor/musician/film maker Adrian Grenier and actor/producer/director Diego Luna made it on the chart. While talk show host Conan O’Brien come from the universe of television, an usual guest from the fantasy land of Disney – Tinker Bell – also ascended on the site in 2010.

2010 has, no doubt, been a phenomenal year for social media. Despite some slump during the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010, giants like Facebook and Twitter have managed to revive growth. The microblogging site managed to crawl up from the descent by focusing on mobile phones. Its mobile phone apps were well received and led to growth in sign-ups as acknowledged by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams in September 2010.

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