Ever since Oprah and Ashton Kutcher turned the media spotlight on Twitter, a Precambrian explosion of sorts has occurred on the social media site, drastically increasing the number of followers for some notable names. Al Gore’s dramatic rise in peeps probably shows off this trend better than most. Back in November, the former VP had just 22,000 followers. Today, Gore is standing at around 982,000 — and growing. In the last week alone, he’s added over 30,000 followers.
Hot on his heels, however, is none other than Perez Hilton. The celebrity blogger has just over 972,000 followers. But that’s just about where the similarities end. Gore uses Twitter sparingly — having updated his tweets a measly 38 times over the last seven months. True to form, Hilton has updated more than 4,500 times in the last five months.
Who will make it to one million followers first? Sure, this contest lacks the amusing bite that Kutcher and CNN injected with their earlier competition, but we’ll be watching regardless. Look for TheOnion — with 959,000 followers — to play spolier.