The sometime entrepreneur and actor has become the first to reach 1M Twitter followers. Why do we care?
The only reason is because celebrities on Twitter and the drama of who would reach the milestone first are helping to drive mainstream media coverage of Twitter, which in turn fuels its popularity. Oprah is now going to Twitter and her show will drive millions of moms to the service. (Oprah will take less than a month to get to a million followers.)
My wife is now on Twitter (completely independent of me) and discussing/evangelizing it with her friends.
We’re now entering Twitter’s “Act 2.” I’m going to predict that by next year at this time, Twitter will have 70 million users.
Note that Twitter has already jumped ahead of others, such as Facebook, as the preferred social media marketing tool. That’s because of its simplicity and incredibly viral nature.
Rather than Google, Facebook is the one (from an ad standpoint) that may feel heat and competition from Twitter. The site will somehow need to “co-opt” it by enabling people to Tweet and monitor feeds from within Facebook (that may already exist, I haven’t discovered it however.) Update: It does.
Update: Oprah has literally 23K more followers in the hour or so since I wrote this post: