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Lady Gaga passes 30 million followers on Twitter

LOS ANGELES -- Pop diva Lady Gaga has set a social media record by becoming the first person with more than 30 million followers on Twitter.

As of Thursday afternoon, she had 30,030,949 followers on the microblogging website, and is adding them at the rate of 30,000 a day, according to the Starcount.com website that monitors celebrity use of social media.

The 26-year-old — real name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta — also passed the 4 million mark on Google+ earlier this week, and is in second place to only Britney Spears on the search giant's social media platform.

“Paving the way for other stars on social media, Lady Gaga often interacts with her fans and has even set up her own social network for the Little Monsters with thousands of regular users,” commented Starcount.com.

“But it is Twitter that has given her the incredible social popularity that she currently has,” it added in a blog, noting that her Twitter takeover started two years ago when she passed Ashton Kutcher, Barack Obama and Spears.

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