Charlie Sheen’s meteoric rise to Twitter God status - after one week he's 58th with a bullet


March 9, 2011

Charlie Sheen it seems, does not do things by halves. Within a week of opening his Twitter account, he's being followed by 2.2 million people and growing. A massive Twitter following is a sign of influence, so whatever you may think of him, Sheen is creating some serious value with his entertaining commentary on the entertainment world.

In the next few weeks Sheen will pass some of the best known publishing companies in the world such as Time, People, the New York Times and institutions such as the NBA. Odds are now being given on just where the climb will take Sheen. We've commented before that bookmakers are the best assessors of the probability this type of event occurring and Irish bookmaker Paddy Power current has very short odds of 11/4 that Sheen will have more than 10 million followers by year end. The odds are naturally shorter that Sheen will have more than 5 million followers by December 31 but at 5/4, the bookies obviously feel it's almost certain that Sheen will be close to the top 10 most powerful Twitter opinion makers.

The odds on just what rung of the ladder are also favourable for a strong showing by year's end. Bookmakers rate him a 5/4 likelihood of having eclipsed Barack Obama who is currently in fourth place on the list with 6.88 million followers. The chances of Charlie Sheen taking top spot within the year after giving Lady Gaga a three year and 8.6 million follower head-start is considered distinctly possible at just 6/4.

So more power to you Charlie Sheen. There's an old adage in show business that you don't heckle the man with the microphone – in effect, it means that the person with the most powerful voice (most influence) usually wins any exchange. Like the people of the Arab world who are finding their voice through social media, Sheen is wrestling back the microphone.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, (Australia's largest Telco), (Australia's largest employment site),,, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon

It won\'t matter a hill of beans how many people are following him on Twitter once he ends up dead in a pool of his own vomit in some hotel room as seems his most likely outcome at this point. He has shut out those who actually care for him and surrounded himself with people who are eagerly goading him on to self destruction and the media is loving every second of it. It is one of the most frightening and pathetic things I have ever seen in my life.

Mark Dixon

AWESOME Comment Mark...

Michael Mantion

Charlie who?

Paul Anthony

So my bet is he will be murdered by a co-worker who\'s TV career has just tipped over.

Nick Rowney

how many drugs can charlie sheen take? enough to kill two and a half men!


how many drugs can charlie sheen take? enough to kill two and a half men!

Lmao , Thank you, That made my day!!


Oh what a world we live in; a celebrity on the road to self-destruction is about to become more influential than the President of\'s a sign of the times - \'Crazy\' is in, \'Values\' is on the way out. Or is this just another case of \"Only in America\"?

Gerald Grey
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