Bill Gates Joins Twitter, Madness Ensues

Microsoft founder breaks 100K follower mark within 8 hours
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2010 7:28 AM CST
Microsoft founder Bill Gates talks to students at an appearance at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009.   (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

(Newser) – Bill Gates joined Twitter yesterday, and within his first eight hours on the microblogging site, he gained 100,000 followers. Mashable calculated that to be about 12,500 followers per hour, or 208 per minute, making him about as popular as Oprah when she first joined. As of 8:15am, he was up to 172,748 followers—with the number climbing by the second.

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