Such is their influence that the mammoth number of their followers often induce new members of Twitterati to follow them. But have you ever wondered how many people the most followed Indians follow on the micro-blogging site. To say less would be modest. Least, however, sounds apt.
The list of Top 10 most followed Indians on Twitter include Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar and Dalai Lama. The combined number of their followers is around 1.5 billion. However, together they follow only 3215 people (as of August 26; 5.00 pm).
The list breaks one of the many modern myths that you need to be a celebrity or a ‘Baba’ to have more followers on social media. You can be a politician and yet have more followers, like PM Modi. Moreover, the number of people they follow gives us several interesting life lessons. Here are some of them:
1. Narendra Modi: Being on the top of the list as well as the one running the country, PM Modi should not only have followers but he should also follow others to keep in touch with the reality. Perhaps he realises this as he is also the one following most number of people (1376) among the Top 10.
Lesson: If you are the PM, you can be more popular than the actors but can’t afford to not follow others.
2. Amitabh Bachchan: If Bollywood was a country, Amitabh would have been its PM after these many years of achievements. So what applies to PM Modi, applies to Sr Bachchan also, up to some extent. Off late he has also been very active on social media and, after Modi in the Top 10, he follows the highest number of people (1058).
Lesson: If you are old, you must become social, even if it is in the virtual space.
Shah Rukh (81), Salman (22), Aamir (7), Hrithik (84), Akshay (18): They are the most selling actors both on the box office as well as on social media. But perhaps they don’t like the annoyance of having to read updates of people they follow (Especially Aamir and Akshay).
Lesson: If you are already a star, you don’t need to follow more people. And even if you want to become a star, you should stop following too many people.
Deepika (72), Priyanka (497): They are not in the top five of the most followed Indians on Twitter. Interestingly, while people continue to be charmed by their ”hotness” reported every day by media, when it comes to following, more people tend to follow either male actors or PM Modi. The high number of people followed by Priyanka is because she has now almost become a Hollywood personality.
Lesson: If you are a girl, don’t get fooled when someone calls you ‘hot’. And also don’t be complacent because you are competing against men who are already on top.
Dalai Lama (0): The Tibetan spiritual leader is at the 10th position on the list of most followed Indians. Interestingly, he doesn’t follow anybody. I am sure he doesn’t want to read what others are doing or saying in social media.
Lesson: If you want eternal peace, just stop following anybody. Peace is within you. Explore it and enjoy.