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Rob Pegoraro blog post mentions Lady Gaga

If you were hoping for evidence that Twitter is making all of us smarter, please don't read this post. According to TechCrunch, the title of most-followed-Twitter-user passed "sometime last night" from Britney Spears to Lady Gaga.

No, I would not have known of this momentous development were it not for TechCrunch's reporting.

The pop singer -- the second one, I mean -- noted the news in a YouTube video in which she declared herself "Queen of Twitter."

What kind of numbers does it take to claim that title? As of 1:22 today, Gaga can boast of 5,780,921 followers, compared with 5,717,695 for Spears. By way of comparison, President Obama trails them both with 5,081,690 followers, Conan O'Brien is far behind at 1,442,676, the Dalai Lama is stuck at 690,874 and the hack who wrote this drivel has a pitiful 3,972 followers.

Make of all that what you will.

(Yes, this post is a cheap and lazy rip-off of Gene Weingarten's brilliant essay on how the quest for Web traffic has changed newsroom cultures, which ran under the Web headline "Gene Weingarten column mentions Lady Gaga." Look, it's a slow news day. ... I promise I'll have something more substantive here soon, once I finish typing up my notes from this morning's demo. Oh, and after I get lunch.)

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 24, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Digital culture , Social media  
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So... if I mention Erin Andrews in the comments, that keeps the traffic flowing, right?!

Posted by: annoyed5 | August 24, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Tiger Woods divorce. Roger Clemens steroids indictment. Stephen Strasburg injury...

Just trying to help the cause! (mentioning Gene Weingarten can't hurt, either!)

Posted by: TheBorg | August 24, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

In retrospect, I should have also worked in a reference to the iPhone 4's antenna. Maybe I can update the post...

- RP

Posted by: Rob Pegoraro | August 24, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget Steven Tyler...

Posted by: tbva | August 24, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Also big news - Kermit seeks his revenge on lady Gaga:

Posted by: frankieoutfoxthebox | August 26, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

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