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Top 10 of Guinness World Records in Social Media

Updated on July 16, 2011

Recently it was in the news that Charlie Sheen had broken the Guinness World Record for the fastest time to reach one million followers on the social networking and microblogging website Twitter.

That got me thinking: is this really an achievement of him or did he simply wait long enough before jumping on the Twitter bandwagon? When you think of it: if someone else wants to replicate this accomplishment then it would probably be very hard unless you're quite famous already.

This is just one example that shows we can now set world records for achievements in social media. Charlie Sheen is, in fact, not the first to set a world record in social media. How about a record for getting the most Likes on Facebook within 24 hours or a record for being the most prolific professional blogger?

This article gives an overview of some of the most interesting Guinness World Records in social media!

Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen | Source

Fastest time to reach 1,000,000 Twitter followers: Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen decided to join Twitter on March 1, 2011. It took just 25 hours and 17 minutes for him to get 1,000,000 followers and that's the fastest time anyone has ever gotten so many followers so quickly.

He has a verified Twitter account which makes it a lot easier to know you're following the real Charlie Sheen! Check his Twitter account if you wish to follow him.

Just so you know, Charlie Sheen is an American actor known for his roles in the sitcoms Two and a Half Men and Spin City as well as his roles in various movies. Being famous makes it a lot easier to attract lots of followers of course.

Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga | Source

Most followers on Twitter: Lady Gaga

Speaking of followers on Twitter, who has the most followers on Twitter? Lady Gaga! The record was set on August 23, 2010 with 5,670,779 followers, surpassing famous people such as Britney Spears (5,668,825), Ashton Kutcher (5,542,023), and Barack Obama (5,003,469).

Lady Gaga now has 8,539,780 Twitter followers on March 3, 2011.

Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne | Source

Most Facebook Likes in 24 Hours: Lil Wayne

There is actually an interesting story behind this world record! Lots of content on the internet now has a Facebook Like button next to it. The cookie company Oreo tried to set the world record for most people clicking on that Like button within 24 hours for one of their posts on Facebook.

They were doing quite well and eventually 114,619 people had clicked on the Like button. Rapper Lil Wayne started his attempt at this world record about five hours after Oreo Cookies and he managed to get a lot more: 588,243 likes!

Lil Wayne got the world record but Oreo still got an honorable mention during the award ceremony.

Most prolific professional blogger: Darren Murph

If you are a blogger then be prepared for the number of blog posts that follows! This number of blog posts got Darren Murph the world record for being the most prolific professional blogger. In four years time (July 2006 - 2010) he has written a total of 17,212 blog posts for Engadget - and still counting!

Some interesting facts: that is almost 12 blog posts per day (he had even a peak of 59 posts on one day!) The total number of words? A grand total of 3,389,148 words!

Source

Most comments on a Facebook post

A post about the game CityVille by Facebook games developer Zynga managed to get 292,288 comments! The original post was posted on January 6, 2011.

I wonder how they measure this because people could still keep posting more and more comments? When would they stop counting? Anyway, it's still quite an accomplishment!

More Facebook records by Zynga

The game developer Zynga in the previous world record has actually set a few more world records. Here they are:

  • Zynga has the most monthly active users (in all its games on Facebook): 195,631,178 at November 29, 2010 and this makes it the most popular games developer on Facebook.
  • Zynga developed a game with the fastest growth: the game Treasure Isle managed to get 980,000 active users within 48 hours on April 2 - 4, 2010.
  • The game Texas Hold'em Poker by Zynga holds the record for the most fans on Facebook: a grand total of 34,757,671 fans which was achieved on January 31, 2011.

Most widespread social network message in 24 hours: #beatcancer

On October 17, 2009 the company Everywhere set a world record on Twitter and other social media by spreading a message with the hashtag #beatcancer.

In total the hashtag was mentioned 209,771 times on Twitter. The message also spread to other social media such as Facebook and blog posts. It was an attempt to raise money for non-profit cancer organizations and they raised over $70,000 as a result!

Most popular puzzle game on Facebook: Bejeweled Blitz

Who hasn't heard of this game before? The puzzle game Bejeweled Blitz is officially the most popular puzzle game on Facebook.

The game is made by PopCap Games and it attracts over 10 million monthly active users. The record was set in October 2010.

First television show based on a Twitter Feed: $h*! My Dad Says

Social media can even influence the traditional media such as television! The television show $h*! My Dad Says aired on September 23, 2010 (CBS) and it is based on the funny tweets that Justin Halpern posts to his account @shitmydadsays.

These are quotes from his dad which are hugely popular. The Twitter account now has more than 2 million followers!

The television show is about an author (played by Jonathan Sadowski) and his dad (William Shatner). Life is a struggle for the author but he manages to earn money by writing about his father's rants.

Most responsive brand on Twitter: XboxSupport by Microsoft

Companies have also discovered Twitter to provide support to their customers. Microsoft is offering customer support for problems with the video gaming console Xbox at @XboxSupport.

Their customer support is officially the most responsive: it takes on average only 2 minutes and 42 seconds before you get a response! This was measured by looking at 5,000 questions that were asked by customers in the period March 12 - 18, 2010.

Want to see the latest social media world records?

Take a look at the Guinness World Records website and search for social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook if you wish to set a record of your own.

It could be that someone managed to set a new world record in the categories I mentioned in this article so check the official website if you want to be sure. Post a comment below if you have set a new world record!

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      Gary Manning 

      4 years ago

      This post has 450K Facebook likes on a website...not Facebook. That is a world record! It is climbing by 1K every 5 minutes. http://www.diply.com/different-solutions/cabbage-p...

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      Oyewole Folarin 

      6 years ago from Lagos

      I just stumbled on this hub, and i was happy for the little time spent reading all these great facts. Voted up!

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      thedutchman 

      7 years ago

      This information rocks! good Job!

    • Bob Ewing profile image

      Bob Ewing 

      7 years ago from New Brunswick

      You learn something new every day, some trivia for my anti-social network acquaintances, thanks.

    • simeonvisser profile imageAUTHOR

      simeonvisser 

      7 years ago

      Thanks capncrunch, I found it interesting to discover more about the world records in social media as well :)

    • capncrunch profile image

      capncrunch 

      7 years ago from New Orleans

      Great Hub simeonvisser! What an informative piece of work you have here. I am really not into all the social media but am very much aware that people like to know what is going on with celebrities.

      I am a Charlie Sheen fan, though. I watch his sitcom but now am reduced to the re-runs. Oh well. Once again, Great work!!

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      eudociadavis 

      7 years ago

      Lovely Hub,I love to read these type of stuff,Thanks for sharing,

      GOD BLESS YOU and keep going on.

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      Anjul Tomar 

      7 years ago

      Really Surprising Records .... but most impressive record is by Charlie Sheen for Twitter followers :)

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      Kari 

      7 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Interesting. I can't believe that guy had such a great concept with 'sh@t my dad says' and sparked such an interest. Awesome.

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      gajanis786 

      7 years ago

      Very good hub.....you are really going well within short time....keep it up.....good wishes.Thanks.

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      Enni82 

      7 years ago from Rochester MN

      Interesting hub, thanks for sharing!

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      Eaglekiwi 

      7 years ago from -Oceania

      Aww poor Charlie ,get some help dammit.

      Enjoyed this hub and happy to say Im one of the Zynga happy campers lol.

      Thumbs up for all your hard work n research Simeonvisser!

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      deadlyking 

      7 years ago

      Excellent hub dude... Keep rocking,,,

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      jackie_fish 

      7 years ago

      nice hub I lol'ed at Charlie sheen

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      infomanic 

      7 years ago

      very intresting hub some of these things i did not know, espcially the one about Charlie Shean

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      Serena Zehlius 

      7 years ago from Hanover, PA

      Very interesting! I really enjoyed reading this one. :)

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      kims3003 

      7 years ago

      very well done hub! Quite impressive writing style! Fun to read! Thank you!

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      Confused News 

      7 years ago

      Awesome article and very interesting to see that if you go off the rails that people want to know.

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      hobby 

      7 years ago

      the oreo story is the best one haha

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      SUSANJK 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Charlie Sheen can probably cause all kinds of interest. Unfortunately it is all negative interest.

    • simeonvisser profile imageAUTHOR

      simeonvisser 

      7 years ago

      Thanks everyone :)

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      advertising agency 

      7 years ago

      I want to confess. Xbox support on twitter is really good. I hope more companies partake in the twitter help area.

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      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Nice information. I'll reactive my tweeter account. Very inspiring and I get new motivations after reading this hub. Take care!

      Prasetio,

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      shellshock 

      7 years ago

      Charlie Sheen's record is awesome 0 to a million in 25 hours, he should write and ebook about it and make even more millions LOL. He is definitely one to watch to see what he does next!

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      June Blanchard 

      7 years ago

      Charlie is going to make it out this mess. Wow...he got that many followers in that little time. That's the "Sheen"4 ya! Winning!

    • simeonvisser profile imageAUTHOR

      simeonvisser 

      7 years ago

      @felicia: Thanks for telling me that; the link only seems to work when you're logged into your Twitter account. I have changed the link to one that also works when you're not logged in.

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      felicia 

      7 years ago

      Great hub. I tried clicking on the "his twitter account" for charlie sheen and it said that page does not exist.

      thanks

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      Wayne 

      7 years ago

      Great hub - Sheen did it by being famous but he's starting to become infamous too.

    • simeonvisser profile imageAUTHOR

      simeonvisser 

      7 years ago

      @mindyjgirl: Yes, I agree. Social media has changed the way we communicate with celebrities, other famous people and companies.

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      Mindy 

      7 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon

      I loved this hub! So informational it is so amazing how it works out, hundreds of thousands of people, all giving attention to someone or something popular.

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      Hungry Traveller 

      7 years ago

      Interesting stuff. My kind of read.

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      Bilalnr 

      7 years ago from Islamabad, Pakistan

      Great Hub simeonvisser...Thanks for sharing!!!!

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      Davorunner 

      7 years ago from Australia

      "like" Oh I LOVE bejeweled blitz! I used to play an rpg version on the xbox 360 - best mix of game genre's ever!

      it IS interesting cos these will just keep increasing.

      I think it's good because it shows what we as a society find interesting

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      wsupaul88 

      7 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Cool Hub and great idea! Crazy how popular social sites have become.

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      I "LIKE" this! So I will "LIKE" it.

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      sasikrishna 

      7 years ago

      Wow, great interesting information. Amazing facts on the internet.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Awesome hub!!! Thank you for sharing!!! :)

    • simeonvisser profile imageAUTHOR

      simeonvisser 

      7 years ago

      It certainly has, we're procrastinating more and more due to social media. But what can we do, it's here to stay :)

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      PDXBuys 

      7 years ago from Oregon

      That was fascinating. This is the "new media". But I wonder if all of those people spending time tweeting, gaming, and facebooking has anything to do with the decline in American productivity? I know that I am guilty as well...!

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      simeonvisser 

      7 years ago

      Thanks! I found it quite interesting too when I started searching for more records.

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      psychicdog.net 

      7 years ago

      Great title, great hub. Thanks for this info I never knew, Simonvisser.

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