MrBeast beats Mark Zuckerberg to 1 million followers on new 'Twitter killer' app Threads
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MrBeast has beaten Mark Zuckerberg to one million followers on new app Threads, which launched today as a rival to Twitter.
The text-based conversation app is designed to be a tool for communities to come together and discuss today’s topics and tomorrow’s trends and was dubbed by Instagram as 'a new way to share with text' which will 'shape the future of the internet'.
It has been billed as a ‘friendly’ alternative to Twitter, which has fallen out of favour with a lot of its users in the wake of Elon Musk's billion-dollar takeover, when he began introducing controversial changes to the app – the latest of which has seen those who don’t pay for the app temporarily limited to seeing just 600 tweets a day.
But while you might assume Zuck would be the biggest hit on hew new app, which has been dubbed the 'Twitter killer', he’s already been overtaken by another certain online favourite: MrBeast.
The 25-year-old YouTuber, whose real name is Jimmy Donaldson, has made history by becoming the first person to reach one million followers on the latest social platform – faster than its creator.
It’s already gained the attention of Guinness World Records, which said on its website: “It took the YouTuber, whose real name is Jimmy Donaldson, just a matter of hours to amass the impressive following.
“While technically his wasn’t the first account to reach the number, the others belonged to organizations like Instagram and National Geographic.”
Donaldson, whose bio on Threads lists him as the ‘Future Threads CEO’, raked in his one million followers after posting just three times.
His first message, which was shared shortly after the app went live, said: “Soooooo, how long until we’re also addicted to this app? Lol.”
In another post, Donaldson invited fans to like a post if they thought Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg should make him the app’s CEO.
He also joked: “I feel like I’m cheating on Twitter by using this app.”
Before Threads was released, Zuckerberg hadn't posted a tweet since 2012, and even then he was using it to share information about Facebook.
But after the app arrived on Google Play and Apple's App Store, he made an epic return with one of the best kinds of tweets: a meme.
Clearly highlighting the similarities between Threads and Twitter, Zuckerberg shared the iconic Spider-Man meme, showing two of the superheroes pointing at one another.
He didn't add any words, instead letting the picture do the talking, and it went down a treat with fans.
"First tweet in 11 years. Savage," one Twitter user wrote, while another added: "Savage Mark. Got my threads account up and running!"