YOLO! Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna dominate Twitter in 2012By Reverb Staff | December 13th, 2012 | 6 comments
By Allison Sylte
Proving that hipsters donâ€™t use TwitterÂ nearly enough, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Britney Spears topped this yearâ€™s list of the â€śmost-followedâ€ť accounts on the social network.
To put it in perspective, according to U.S. Census Bureau Data, there are roughly 20 million teenage girls in the U.S.
Pop and hip hop held the distinction of the most popular genres for Twitterâ€™s 140 million users.
In other news, #YOLO (You only live once, for those of you who have not lived at all) had over 49 million mentions this year, though it became annoying shortly after the very first.
Whitney Houstonâ€™s death sparked over 10 million tweets, peaking at 73,662 tweets per minute as the news spread.
Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Rick Ross, Big Sean, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Bruno Mars were among the most mentioned artists on Twitter this year, according to the data.
The good news? 2Pac, who, for the record, has been dead for more than 16 years, was mentioned more times than Jay-Z and Beyonceâ€™s daughter, Blue Ivy.
Pop music blogger Allison Sylte is a Fort Collins-based writer and new contributor to Reverb.