Caitlyn Jenner Shatters President Obama Twitter Record by Reaching 1 Million Followers Fastest

Olympian tweets ‘Vanity Fair’ cover revealing her new identity, racks up 1 million followers in just 4 hours

Last Updated: June 1, 2015 @ 6:52 PM

Caitlyn Jenner revealed new identity and new Twitter handle Monday morning and promptly shattered President Barack Obama’s Twitter record for reaching 1 million followers fastest.

Obama, who launched the @POTUS handle, associated with the presidential office, on May 18 reached one million followers in under five hours. Jenner hit the magic number in just over 4 hours, a record confirmed by Guinness shortly thereafter.

The launch of the verified account, @Caitlyn_Jenner, was orchestrated with the release of July’s Vanity Fair cover  featuring the first photos of Jenner as a woman shot by famed Hollywood photographer Annie Lebovitz.

Jenner’s second tweet welcomed her new identity: “I’m so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can’t wait for you to get to know her/me.”

Within the first hour, Jenner had gained 284,000 followers and become a trending topic. She followed up later in the day with a tweet thanking followers for their support. “Humbled & honored to have reached 1M followers in 4 hrs.”

At the time of this publish, Jenner was not following any other Twitter accounts. Along with her Twitter account, Jenner debuted a verified Facebook page and Instagram account. She shared similar messaging across all social media platforms.