Elon Musk is less than a million followers away from becoming the most followed person on Twitter Elon Musk is just one million followers away from becoming the most followed person on Twitter. The gap between Barack Obama and Barack Obama, currently the most followed account on Twitter, has narrowed to less than a million CEOs.
A look at Barack Obama’s page reveals that the former US President currently has a total of 133,128,202 followers as of writing. In comparison, Elon Musk’s profile on Twitter shows that the CEO is followed – at least at the time of writing – by 132,207,559 accounts. This means that the gap between the number of followers of Musk and Obama has narrowed to about 920,000 followers.
Kasturi has always been a Twitter power user, and after the social media platform’s acquisition last year, her follower count has kept up the pace. This has allowed Musk to distance himself from the former US President, who has held his position as the platform’s most followed account for years.
There are some notable differences between Musk’s and Obama’s Twitter accounts. Musk uses Twitter regularly, and his posts are notorious, for better or for worse. Obama, on the other hand, takes a more restrained and formal approach to his posts on social media platforms. Musk and Obama both generate millions of impressions per tweet, although Musk’s posts get more replies.
Despite having over 132 million followers, Musk only follows 187 accounts on Twitter. On the other hand, the former US President follows 563,395 accounts as of writing.
The jury is still out on whether Musk’s purchase of Twitter for $44 billion was a wise decision, though the CEO noted that the social media platform “has a shot at being cash flow positive” in the second quarter. It will be quite an achievement if Twitter turns cash flow positive, considering that prior to Musk’s acquisition the social media platform never made much money.
“We are getting close to the point where we are close to being a net expense for the company excluding debt equal to debt… I think we will be in the second quarter. I definitely want to let the chickens hatch from their eggs. First doesn’t count. Will … but I think we’ve got a chance of cash flow being possible in the next quarter,” Musk said during the Morgan Stanley conference call.
As Business Model Analyst reported, Twitter posted its first net income of $1.2 billion in 2018, the first year it was profitable. It seemed like the social media platform had some momentum, because in 2019, Twitter was profitable again with a net income of $1.4 billion. Between 2013 and 2017, Twitter didn’t post an annual profit. Even in the years after 2019, the company was not profitable.