Clockwise from top left, Sarah Lagan, Shari Lynn Pringle, Laurel Burns (passed the 1,000 follower mark), JoAnne  Ball-Burgess, Premier Michael Dunkley and Jeremy Deacon all passed the 500 follower mark this month. *File photos
Clockwise from top left, Sarah Lagan, Shari Lynn Pringle, Laurel Burns (passed the 1,000 follower mark), JoAnne Ball-Burgess, Premier Michael Dunkley and Jeremy Deacon all passed the 500 follower mark this month. *File photos

Do you remember who the first person was that followed you on Twitter? Do you remember when you finally reached 100 followers? How about 500?

Several Bermuda Twitter accounts went over either the 500- or 1,000-follower mark in June. 

The multi-talented Joanne Ball-Burgess saw a huge surge this past month as she went from 940 followers to 1,049. She is a judge on the popular East Africa dance TV show Sakata. Ms Ball-Burgess, who is known as Judge Joanne, told the Bermuda Sun that her recent rise could be attributed to the show getting ready to start its third season. 

Also reaching the 1,000 follower milestone was Bermuda SoMe (social media) hero Laurel Burns and the Corporation of Hamilton (@cityhallCOH).

Ms Burns said: “It is a milestone, as I follow people based on shared interests and some of the things they share. My follower count has grown organically since I joined twitter so it’s exciting that 1000 plus people actually might enjoy the things that I post.

There were a handful of Tweeters who went past the 500 mark, including Premier Michael Dunkley, Bermuda Sun Arts and Lifetsyle editor /sub-editorSarah Lagan, Shari-Lynn Pringle, Emedia, Jonathan Tankard, @ZeeVanity and Deep Blue Communications director Jeremy Deacon. 

Mr Deacon said: “It is very flattering that more than 500 people think I have something interesting to say.”

A sentiment echoed by Ms pringle, who said: “I love Twitter. I’m honoured that 500 people find me interesting enough to follow my randomness. I will do my best to keep them.” Ms Lagan said: “It feels like quite a milestone though I have to admit there are plenty of followers I’ve never met or heard of. Regardless, strangers and acquaintances alike, hitting this figure encourages me to make my content ever more exciting and engaging.”

Overall, former WWE champ and current Fox news commentator John Layfield remains on top with 516,000 followers. He also had the biggest gain last month with 11,000 people deciding to follow his account.

The rest of the top 10 remain the same with no changes. Devaune Ratteray had the month’s second biggest gain with 600 followers, with Collie Buddz adding 500 to his total.

Forbes journalist Clare O’Connor could reach five figures in followers in July as she is at 9,770 and just outside the top 10 at #11, and she also had the fourth biggest gain of the month with 207 followers. 

Dudley Freedom saw the biggest drop in followers with a loss of 1,000, while Elbow beach lost 500 from its account. Both hairdresser Catrina Azevedo and Huddersfield striker Nahki Wells lost 100 followers.

The top 50 will be posted online. The cutoff numbers: #100 @MissThang with 886, #150 @ladiesroombda with 571. There are now 166 accounts in Bermuda with at least 500 followers. 

If you want to be included on the next, list e-mail Don Burgess at dburgess@bermudasun.bm or Tweet him @DonatBDASun.


21 April 2010

Person

Twitter handle

May

April

1. John Layfield

@jclayfield

516,000

505,000

2. Dudley Freedom

@dudleyfreedom

74,500

75,500

3. Collie Buddz

@CollieBuddz

65,000

64,500

4. Fiyah Marshall

@fiyahmarshall

29,300

29,300

5. Devaune Ratteray

@devauneratteray

27,200

26,600

6. Ledrew Fox

@ledrew

26,600

26,600

7. Carina Azevedo

@Platinum_bonita

24,600

24,700

8. Elbow Beach Cycles

@Bermudascooter

21,600

22,100

9. Nahki Wells

@nahkiwells

18,500

18,600

10. Bermuda Tourism

@GoToBermuda

12,200

12,000

11. Clare O’Connor

@Clare_OC

9,770

9,563

12. Will Black

@willblackrockz

8,738

8,784

13. DJ Vibes

@lifestyles103

8,355

8,207

14. Bernews

@bernewsdotcom

8,012

7,881

15. Ace Group

@ACE_Group

7,847

7,606

16. Gosling’s Rum

@TheBlackSeal

7,081

6,944

17. The Royal Gazette

@theroyalgazette

6,731

6,566

18. DJ Genie

@djgenie

6,721

6,673

19. Twanee

@MissTwanee

6,499

6,502

20. Bermuda Sun

@BDASun

6,447

6,336

21. Vibe 103

@Vibe103

6,163

6,055

22. XL Insurance

@XL_Insurance

5,710

5,517

23. Kidd Clazzic

@itsClassic

5,400

5,432

24. Heather Nova

@nova_says

4,956

4,922

25. Fairmont Southampton

@fairmontsouth

4,528

4,463

26. Tyler Butterfield

@tybutterfield

4,313

4,213

27. DjStylez

@80minassassin

4,001

3,929

28. BERMEMES

@BERMEMES

3,675

3,592

29. Nikki Butterfield

@nikbutterfield

3,252

3,233

30. Fairmont Hamilton

@Fairmontham

2,918

2,853

31. Carlos Ferreira

@carlosf0527

2,851

2,812

32. Lennon Bermuda

@BermudaLennon

2,769

2,642

33. Reggie Lambe

@reggienaldo

2,558

2,567

34. Brown & Co

@brownandcostore

2,287

2,277

35. Bermuda News

@NewsOfBermuda

2,276

2,251

36. Berms Jerms

@solja_jay

2,250

2,245

37. Cricket Bermuda

@vCricketBE

2,240

2,214

38. My Bermuda Photos

@thecaito

2,161

2,079

39. UmUm Magazine

@UmUm_Magazine

2,121

2,139

40. cathwest

@cathwest

2,119

2,016

41. Propa

@thisisPROPA

2,087

2,095

42. Torrie

@Torriethatisall

2,078

2,089

43. Glenn Jones

@Bermudadotcom

2,071

2,010

44. Digicel Bermuda

@DigicelBermuda

1,944

1,884

45. Lesley

@9lives2

1,915

1,898

46. Flora Duffy

@floraduffy

1,790

1,758

47. DJ Rusty G

@djrustyg

1,788

1,780

48. Elbow BeachBermuda

@elbowbeach

1,721

1,681

49. Power Girl Trina

@powergirltrina

1,716

1,638

50. DjiBREEZE

@djiBreeze_DTP

1,708

1,674

51. David Rose Jewelry

@DavidroseBDA

1,679

1,638