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Shah Rukh, Priyanka, Amitabh... the stars who rock Twitter

On the social media platform’s 10th anniversary, a look at the Hindi movie stars who were the early movers, those who are the most popular, and those who occupy your timelines the most.

Suparna Thombare

Twitter has become one of the most important platforms for stars to interact with fans, to get first-hand reactions, speak about issues close to their heart, and, yes, promote their films and endorsements. Though every star has to deal with the curse of trolls, the actors also have the benefit of a huge personal following to which they can reach out at any time. In fact, Twitter plays a huge role today in creating a star’s image.

Here’s a look at the actors who were the early birds on Twitter, those who are most active, and those who have very large numbers of followers.

The early birds

1) Priyanka Chopra – Joined in January 2009

Priyanka Chopra was the first Indian star to join Twitter. The tech-savvy actress was the most followed Indian film star till 2012. Today, she is the second most popular female star on Twitter, with 14.4 million followers.

First tweet: Testing... 123...

2) Akshay Kumar – Joined in April 2009

Akshay Kumar was the first male Hindi film star to be on Twitter. He has 13.3 million followers, and is in the list of top 10 most followed stars on the site.

First tweet: http://tinyurl.com/c3llsq (the url to his own Twitter account)

3) Sonam Kapoor – Joined in June 2009

Sonam Kapoor made her film debut in 2007, and though her first film was unsuccessful, the actress quickly got on to social media. She is super active on social media even today and has 9.16 million followers.

First tweet: “I cant believe I gave in to this!”

4) Sonakshi Sinha – Joined in December 2009

Sonakshi Sinha made her Twitter debut almost a year before her she made her big-screen entry in Dabangg. The actress has 7.56 million followers as of today.

First tweet: My first tweet! just figuring this whole twitter thing out :)

5) Anushka Sharma – Joined in July 2009

Anushka Sharma, who made her debut with Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi co-starring Shah Rukh Khan in December 2008, joined Twitter the following year. She now has 7.84 million followers.

First tweet: figuring this out

6) Shahid Kapoor – Joined in July 2009

Shahid Kapoor was among the first male Hindi film stars to be on the social media platform. He has 8.75 million followers today.

First tweet: Kaminey releases on monday, 17th in Mumbai. Finally :)

The most popular/followed Bollywood stars

1) Amitabh Bachchan – 21.5 million followers. Joined in May 2010
2) Shah Rukh Khan – 20.3 million followers. Joined in January 2010
3) Salman Khan – 18.5 million followers. Joined in April 2010
4) Aamir Khan – 10 million followers. Joined in November 2009
5) Deepika Padukone – 15.2 million followers. Joined in January 2010  
6) Priyanka Chopra – 14.4 million followers. Joined in January 2009
7) Hrithik Roshan – 14.3 million followers. Joined in February 2010
8) Akshay Kumar – 13.3 million followers. Joined in April 2009 

Highest number of tweets – Who tweets and retweets the most

Male stars:

1) Amitabh Bachchan: 50.8 k

2) Shah Rukh Khan: 50.4 k

3) Salman Khan: 41.9 k

Female stars:

1) Priyanka Chopra: 18.4 k

2) Sonam Kapoor: 12.9 k

3) Sonakshi Sinha: 10.6 k

Most popular non-celebrity industry profiles

1) Yash Raj Films – 8.3 k followers
2) Dharma Productions – 4.6 k followers
3) UTV Motion Pictures – 4.1 k followers