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Hillary Clinton's big splash on Twitter: By the numbers
The former secretary of State gets an enthusiastic welcome as she joins the social media party
 
Pshaw, what's 444,000 Twitter followers? Easy.
Pshaw, what's 444,000 Twitter followers? Easy. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton set off a fresh round of speculation about her political plans this week when she made her debut on Twitter. In her first post, the former first lady, senator, and secretary of State thanked Adam Smith and Stacy Lambe — the creators of the "Texts from Hillary" Tumblr that went viral last year — for inspiring her foray into social media. "Thanks for the inspiration..." she wrote. "I'll take it from here." Her account promptly received a flood of followers. Here, a look at Clinton's viral success on Twitter, by the numbers:

1
Tweets Hillary Clinton had posted as of Wednesday night, more than two full days after she made her debut.

13
List of accomplishments Clinton included in her Twitter bio, which admirers praised as a masterpiece, both for its brevity and broad political appeal. Clinton said she was a "wife, mom, lawyer, women & kids advocate, FLOAR, FLOTUS, US Senator, SecState, author, dog owner, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker," and, teasing about her plans for 2016 and beyond, "TBD."

5
Twitter accounts Hillary is following. Her list includes Bill and Chelsea Clinton.

22,176
Followers she had at 1 p.m. Monday, after her account had been up for approximately 15 minutes.

53,342
Additional followers Clinton collected in the next hour.

444,152
Followers Hillary Clinton's Twitter account had amassed by 8 p.m. Wednesday.

45,000
Followers the "Texts from Hillary" Tumblr attracted last year. The blog paired a famous picture of Clinton, peering at her Blackberry through large sunglasses, with made-up messages Smith and Lambe imagined her sending to staff, family, and fellow world leaders.

8,400
Twitter followers Smith and Lambe had by the time they posted their last "Text from Hillary."

771,771
Followers Bill Clinton has. He has been on Twitter long enough to post 36 tweets.

217,981
Followers Chelsea Clinton has. A product of the digital age, she has tweeted a lot more than her parents — 1,100 times.

375,999
Twitter users following New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, considered a possible GOP rival should Clinton enter the 2016 presidential race.

32,619,421
Twitter followers President Obama has.

Sources: Daily Beast, Texts from Hillary, The Hill, Twitter

 
Harold Maass is a contributing editor at TheWeek.com. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 launch of the U.S. print edition. Harold has worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami HeraldFox News, and ABC News.

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