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 Katy Perry (<a href='https://twitter.com/katyperry' target='_blank'>@katyperry</a>) recently edged out Justin Bieber as the most popular person on Twitter with 46.7 million followers. Her bio reads: "LET THE LIGHT IN. PRISM. OUT NOW!" See who leads the pack in a variety of categories as of November 6, according to Twitaholic.com.
 Katy Perry (@katyperry) recently edged out Justin Bieber as the most popular person on Twitter with 46.7 million followers. Her bio reads: “LET THE LIGHT IN. PRISM. OUT NOW!” See who leads the pack in a variety of categories as of November 6, according to Twitaholic.com.
<strong>Politician:</strong> President Barack Obama (<a href='https://twitter.com/barackobama' target='_blank'>@BarackObama</a>) has 39.4 million followers. His bio reads: "This account is run by Organizing for Action staff. Tweets from the President are signed -bo."
Politician: President Barack Obama (@BarackObama) has 39.4 million followers. His bio reads: “This account is run by Organizing for Action staff. Tweets from the President are signed -bo.”
<strong>Actor:</strong> Ashton Kutcher (<a href='https://twitter.com/aplusk' target='_blank'>@aplusk</a>) has 15.2 million followers. His bio reads: "I make stuff, actually I make up stuff, stories mostly, collaborations of thoughts, dreams, and actions. That's me."
Actor: Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) has 15.2 million followers. His bio reads: “I make stuff, actually I make up stuff, stories mostly, collaborations of thoughts, dreams, and actions. That’s me.”
<strong>TV personality:</strong> Ellen DeGeneres (<a href='https://twitter.com/TheEllenShow' target='_blank'>@TheEllenShow</a>) has 23.4 million followers. Her bio reads: "Comedian, talk show host and ice road trucker. My tweets are real, and they're spectacular."
TV personality: Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) has 23.4 million followers. Her bio reads: “Comedian, talk show host and ice road trucker. My tweets are real, and they’re spectacular.”
<strong>Company:</strong> YouTube (<a href='https://twitter.com/youtube' target='_blank'>@YouTube</a>) has<strong> </strong>35.8 million followers. Their bio reads: "Tweets on YouTube news, trends, and — of course — videos."
Company: YouTube (@YouTube) has 35.8 million followers. Their bio reads: “Tweets on YouTube news, trends, and — of course — videos.”
<strong>Business executive:</strong> Bill Gates (<a href='https://twitter.com/BillGates' target='_blank'>@BillGates</a>) has 13.8 million followers. His bio reads: "Sharing things I'm learning through my foundation work and other interests..."
Business executive: Bill Gates (@BillGates) has 13.8 million followers. His bio reads: “Sharing things I’m learning through my foundation work and other interests…”
<strong>Media outlet:</strong> CNN Breaking News (<a href='https://twitter.com/cnnbrk' target='_blank'>@cnnbrk</a>) has 13.9 million followers. The bio reads: "Breaking News from CNN, via the http://CNN.com homepage team. Now 13M strong. Check @cnn for all things CNN, breaking and more."
Media outlet: CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) has 13.9 million followers. The bio reads: “Breaking News from CNN, via the http://CNN.com homepage team. Now 13M strong. Check @cnn for all things CNN, breaking and more.”
<strong>Band:</strong> One Direction (<a href='https://twitter.com/onedirection' target='_blank'>@onedirection</a>) has 16.1 million followers. Their bio reads: "Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson :) Download the new single *Story Of My Life*: <a href='http://smarturl.it/StoryOfMyLife' target='_blank'>http://smarturl.it/StoryOfMyLife</a>"
Band: One Direction (@onedirection) has 16.1 million followers. Their bio reads: “Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson 🙂 Download the new single *Story Of My Life*: http://smarturl.it/StoryOfMyLife
<strong>Model: </strong>Tyra Banks (<a href='https://twitter.com/tyrabanks' target='_blank'>@tyrabanks</a>) has 10.9 million followers. Her bio reads: "Stop acting like you don't know you're fierce!!! Smize Yourself! for iOS in the App store now."
Model: Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) has 10.9 million followers. Her bio reads: “Stop acting like you don’t know you’re fierce!!! Smize Yourself! for iOS in the App store now.”
<strong>Sports team: </strong>FC Barcelona (<a href='https://twitter.com/FCBarcelona' target='_blank'>@FCBarcelona</a>) has 10.5 million followers. Their bio reads: "Official Twitter Feed of FC Barcelona, More than a club. English version."
<strong>Sports team: </strong>FC Barcelona (<a href='https://twitter.com/FCBarcelona' target='_blank'>@FCBarcelona</a>) has 10.5 million followers. Their bio reads: "Official Twitter Feed of FC Barcelona, More than a club. English version."
Sports team: FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) has 10.5 million followers. Their bio reads: “Official Twitter Feed of FC Barcelona, More than a club. English version.”
<strong>Athlete: </strong>LeBron James (<a href='https://twitter.com/KingJames' target='_blank'>@KingJames</a>) has 10.3 million followers. His bio reads: "EST. AKRON - ST.V/M Class of '03 <a href='http://LeBronJamesFamilyFoundation.org' target='_blank'>http://LeBronJamesFamilyFoundation.org</a> #IPROMISE"
Athlete: LeBron James (@KingJames) has 10.3 million followers. His bio reads: “EST. AKRON – ST.V/M Class of ’03 http://LeBronJamesFamilyFoundation.org #IPROMISE”
<strong>Author:</strong> Paulo Coelho (<a href='https://twitter.com/paulocoelho' target='_blank'>@paulocoelho</a>) has 8.7 million followers. His bio reads: "Writer."
Author: Paulo Coelho (@paulocoelho) has 8.7 million followers. His bio reads: “Writer.”
<strong>Religious leader: </strong>Dalai Lama (<a href='https://twitter.com/DalaiLama' target='_blank'>@DalaiLama</a>) has 8 million followers. His bio reads: "Welcome to the official Twitter page of the Office of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama."
Religious leader: Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) has 8 million followers. His bio reads: “Welcome to the official Twitter page of the Office of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.”
Everybody knows the big-time accounts on Twitter belong to celebrities — the Katy Perrys and Justin Biebers and Lady Gagas.

And those are just the singers with more followers than President Barack Obama.

But as the newly public social platform rolls out to investors Thursday, we’re taking a look at the surprise stars of Twitter — the accounts you might not expect to be nestled in the top 200 most followed, alongside the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Adele.

Some come from the ranks of the quasi-famous, those who have parlayed a smaller share of the spotlight into social media stardom through their activity on Twitter. Others have backgrounds that have put them in the public eye in other ways.

And some aren’t people at all. On Twitter, you can do that.

Maybe you’ve never heard of them, or maybe you have. But all are examples of the power of Twitter, when used well, to enhance celebrity and amplify one’s voice.

Here are 10 of Twitter’s most unexpected stars. Let us know your favorite noncelebrity Twitter celebrities in the comments.

(Note: The rankings and follower numbers used come from the tool TwitterCounter.)

One Direction

OK, this entry kind of goes against the grain of the rest. But we couldn’t figure out how One Direction shouldn’t be first.

If you’re not a preteen girl, or a preteen guy who listens to music he doesn’t like to be around teen girls, you may well not even know that One Direction exists. But it does. And the group kind of owns Twitter.

One Direction is a band of young lads from England. They’re, by all accounts, dreamy. And they have six of the most popular accounts on the site.

Singer Harry Styles checks in at No. 22, with 17.4 million followers — more, even, than the 16 million following the band’s official account. The other four band members rank 29th, 35th, 38th and 53rd, each of them with more than 11 million followers of their own.

In contrast, the Beatles have the 969th most popular Twitter account. Of course, Ringo Starr doesn’t log on to share observations like “A little party never killed nobody,” either.

Facebook

We find something amusing about the fact that Twitter’s chief rival, Facebook, is among the top 50 most popular Twitter accounts.

But when you have more than 1.1 billion users, maybe it makes sense that folks want to keep up on their favorite social media site while … well … visiting their other favorite social media site.

Facebook’s nearly 12 million followers put it at No. 44.

But this interloping is nothing new. In the earliest days of Google+, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was its most popular member.

Paulo Coelho

You wouldn’t think a revered Brazilian novelist would be satisfied with writing 140 characters at a time.

But Coelho, whose 1988 novel, “The Alchemist,” has sold more than 30 million copies, is an active user with more than 8.7 million followers (No. 83).

“Twitter, I think, is an art,” Coelho told The Guardian this year. “Because if you’re connected to people you learn how to (summarize).”

Works for us.

Dalai Lama

There’s probably not anyone in the world who would be more humble about having 8 million followers, right?

The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader account is No. 91 on Twitter. And whether he personally writes the posts or not, they come off to anyone who has heard him speak as his authentic voice and tone.

Consider this account a nice palate cleanser after reading where Kim Kardashian went shopping last night.

Ramalan Indonesia

Apparently astrology is a big deal in Indonesia. This account, which awkwardly proclaims itself “The LARGEST ASTROLOGY in the WORLD,” has 7.2 million followers, good for No. 110 on the Twitter list.

As best we can tell, this is a Twitter feed, written in Malay, that’s the basic equivalent of those one-line horoscopes you get in the daily paper. (Note to fellow Libras: Apparently, it’s OK if we’re distracted at work today. We might have a cold.)

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry is famous. But you wouldn’t think he’d be this famous — twice as many followers as Jamie Foxx.

The British actor and writer, whose credits range from “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” to cult favorites “Black Adder” and “Doctor Who,” is a perfect fit for the site — its 140 characters just enough to share his dry wit. Or pictures of malformed M&Ms.

Either way, he’s got 6.3 million followers, landing at No. 131.

Queen Rania

“A mum and a wife with a really cool day job.”

Well, yes, if being the queen of Jordan is a really cool day job.

It’s not every day you find royalty on networking sites. But she’s answered questions from followers online and told interviewers that sites such as Twitter can be used to achieve real social change. With nearly 3 million followers (No. 456), it seems to be working.

Pattie Mallette

How does a Canadian mom end up with 2.7 million Twitter followers, making her account the site’s 554th most popular?

Well, naming your son Justin Bieber helps.

In addition to helping promote her famous son, Mallette talks about her projects, including an autobiography, and offers encouragement to teen mothers such as herself (she was 17 when Bieber was born).

Jack Dorsey

What’s a guy got to do to crack the top 600 around here? Dorsey was one of Twitter’s founders and has racked up 2.4 million followers. But come on. That only makes him No. 643 on his own site.

(We’d hate to think how Evan Williams and Biz Stone feel. They’ve got even fewer followers.)

The Dark Lord

Who says good always triumphs over evil?

We scoured Twitter for Harry Potter, and the boy wizard is nowhere to be found. (No, the official movie account doesn’t count.)

Meanwhile, Lord Voldemort is doing just fine for himself, thank you, with more than 2.2 million followers (No. 725).

This is a parody account, so there are no official ties with creator J.K. Rowling, the books or the movies. But we’re OK with that. It lets him be even meaner.

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/07/tech/social-media/top-twitter-accounts-surprise/index.html?sr=fb110713superstartwitter2p

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Yes, Facebook Dating is a real thing. And we may have just received a sneak peek.

Jane Manchun Wong — an app researcher who’s spotted Facebook features in the past, like Talent Show — posted photos from what she claims is an internal test of Facebook Dating.

 

The company wouldn’t say whether these pics are the real deal, although it did confirm it’s testing Facebook Dating internally.

Two months ago, at its F8 developer conference, Facebook shared that it was developing a dating app. Aspiring yenta Mark Zuckerberg explained it was “going to be for building real, long-term relationships, not hookups.”

Later, on its blog, Facebook dished out a few more details: “People will be able to create a dating profile that is separate from their Facebook profile — and potential matches will be recommended based on dating preferences, things in common, and mutual friends. They’ll have the option to discover others with similar interests through their Groups or Events.”

From Wong’s photos, it looks like the app will let you prevent your current Facebook friends from seeing your dating profile, thus avoiding potential embarrassment. It’ll also offer a variety of gender options, including trans man, trans woman, and non-binary.

No word on when, exactly, Facebook Dating will become available to the public. Guess you’ll just have to make do with Tinder, Bumble, OKCupid, Happn, Grindr, Hinge, and the thousands of other dating apps out there in the meantime.

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Security researchers have discovered that it’s possible for hackers to change both the content and the sender of a WhatsApp message after you’ve received it …

This includes the ability to change quoted messages, to make it appear you said something you didn’t.

CNET reports that the possibility was discovered by Check Point Software Technologies.

The firm] found that hackers can create a hacked version of the app and alter a quoted message (a past one that someone is replying directly one) to change the content or sender.

The hacker would, however, need to be part of the chat, so the vulnerability mostly applies to group chats.

WhatsApp told the NYT that it was not aware of the technique being used in the wild, and a cure would be worse than the problem.

One solution would be to create transcripts of every message exchange to verify the accuracy of every quote. Creating such a transcript is a significant privacy risk because those accounts of what people wrote to each other must be stored somewhere, the company said.

All WhatsApp messages are protected by end-to-end encryption, which means that only those within a chat would be able to exploit the loophole. Storing a transcript would effectively mean removing that end-to-end encryption.

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Times after Messenger launched the video call option, WhatsApp rolls out its new feature for conference video calling. The new WhatsApp feature is now available to facilitate the users around the globe on iOS and Android.

Distinctly, the group calling feature supports up to four people at the same time.

The functionality is pretty simple: To start the video call with one of the contacts, a button on the top right corner of the screen will let the user add another participant to call.

Once the call gets connected, an add icon appears, on the top right, above the names of the recipients. However, if the third user accepts the call their names will be separated with a comma. The feature can connect up to four people on a video call, all at the same time.

Noteworthy is the fact that this feature only works on the latest version of WhatsApp.

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