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

Caitlyn Jenner photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair

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.