Say it ain't so, Beliebers.
Just days before Twitter's expected IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, singer Katy Perry ( @KatyPerry) has become the service's most popular user, taking the title away from fellow artist Justin Bieber ( @JustinBieber).
With 46.48 million followers, Perry edged in front of Bieber's 46.47 million Sunday afternoon, claiming the top spot in terms of fans on the seven-year-old platform. (Bieber sat in first place for nine months after bumping Lady GaGa out of the ranking which she dwelled in comfortably for two years.)
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While some in the social media space will advise you not to equate the amount of followers a user has with a level of popularity, "Twitter's most followed user" is a ranking held in high esteem. Just four years ago, actor Ashton Kutcher made headlines when he beat out CNN to being the first Twitter user with one million followers.