Justin Bieber turns 18, but falls short of followers

Justin Bieber. — AFP picJustin Bieber. — AFP picMONTREAL, March 2 — Teenage pop sensation Justin Bieber turned 18 on March 1, but despite a strong campaign by his fans the Canadian singer failed to reach the 18 million fan mark on Twitter in time for his big day.

In the 24 hours leading up to his birthday on March 1 fans of Justin Bieber, known as Beliebers, trended #18millionBeliebersForJustinsBirthday for a sustained period of time on Twitter.

However, despite the prevalence of the trend #18millionBeliebersForJustinsBirthday and numerous others related to Justin Bieber, the singer failed to reach the 18 million follower mark. Currently, to the disappointment of tweens the world over, Justin Bieber currently has 17,967,476 followers — recorded at 10:30 GMT March 2.

However his fans can take comfort in the fact they may still break the Guinness World Record for the most social media messages sent in a 24-hour period. The record attempt was organised by AgencyNet, the creators of, and encouraged fans to visit, where they could RSVP to the event via Facebook.

The attempt began at midnight (ET) on March 1 and ran for 24 hours; according to the site, the results of the record attempt will not be announced until March 9.

Currently Lady Gaga is the most popular person on Twitter with over 19 million followers, according to social media analysts — AFP-Relaxnews


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