In the world of Twitter, you know you've finally made it when you cross the 1,000,000 followers mark. According to TwitterCounter, currently 84 people have breached that elusive threshold, the latest being Michael Ian Black (star of Comedy Central's Michael & Michael Have Issues).
Next up appears to be Weird Al Yankovic.
But crossing the million follower mark is quickly becoming passe. Like those previously impressive millionaires who are now some of the poorest people I could ever imagine, once a group gets large enough, their exclusivity becomes diminished.
Getting 1,000,000 followers is easy: Droves of people can go and follow you at any time.
But, following 1,000,000 people — that's a different story entirely.
Estimating that it takes about 3 seconds to click on a "follow" button (including some load time, assuming Twitter actually loads), even if you started following new people 24 hours a day, it would take 35 days to cross that monumental "1,000,000 following" mark.
Working at it for a respectable 8 hours a day, it would still take you about 4 months to be following a million people. And that assumes people don't block your creepy ass!
Right now, Barack Obama is the only one even close to a million with over 750,000 following. (Where does he find the time to read all those status updates?!)
So, wanna be the next famous tweeter? Go for the next grand horizon: One million following!
It's selfish to have other people as your followers. Society will appreciate the compassion you show by following other people.
Why not get started on your quest for 1,000,000 by following Daniel Tosh?!