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Stephen Fry tops Twitter (well almost)

Stephen Fry now over 100,000 followers, only out ranked by Obama himelf.

Kevin Rose seemed quite upset when Mr Fry overtook him (in a past Diggnation broadcast), well now Mr Fry has swept away and jumped several places ahead.

It shows his popularity when he’s only beaten by the President of the United States, it would be particularly amusing if Mr Fry took the leading position and therefore was more popular than the the President.

It also seems people are joining Twitter just to follow Mr Fry, that’s a good thing in that Twitter becomes more popular (and I’d guess the UK becomes a growing Twitter community).

There’s also a dangerous side (or potentially dangerous anyway) as the more followers Mr Fry has, the more power he wields, not just in the Twitterverse. Already when he mentions a site, it collapses under the load of several thousand (or tens of thousands of) people simultaneously trying to access the site. Maybe he should be employed by sites to test their scalability – a quick mention on Twitter and boom they’ve got users and lots of them.

Even Biz Stone (of Twitter) suggested that Stephen Fry should be Vice President of Twitter (but he could just as well be referring to the US).

Stephen Fry has put himself in an odd position, the more popular he gets the more distant he has to make himself or he’ll collapse under the load. If every follower sends just one tweet per month, poor Mr Fry gets 1 tweet every 3 minutes continuously throughout a 24 hour period. If he tries to read them during the say 8 hours of work time, then that’s 1 per minute – so one can assume a lot go unread.

Let’s hope Twitter doesn’t drive Mr Fry to distraction.

@stevekennedyuk, though not as interesting as @stephenfry

By Steve Kennedy

I have over 20 years' experience in the Telecoms/Internet/Mobile industries. I was involved with internet in the UK before it had a commercial presence, internet streaming from its beginning (he was the first UK Real Networks customer), and set-up the first Internet Dance Radio Station (Gaialive.com). I was also involved with the first netcast of BigBrother (UK).

I am an acknowledged "independent Industry expert" and uses those abilities in consulting and working with a number of investment partners on various projects. I also am a freelance journalist writing on technology subjects.

I'm also a Director of UKEC Ltd - the UK ENUM Consortium that is the governing body for ENUM in the UK.

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