A mere two hours after Hank Aaron officially joined Twitter with the handle @HenryLouisAaron, the former Braves and Brewers home run king had already amassed more than 17,000 followers — he was up to 19,000-plus by 1:45 p.m. CT.
Aaron, 79, joined the social media site Tuesday morning, tweeting out “I am officially on Twitter! I won’t be posting a lot, but look forward to sharing with you,” for his first and, to date, only message.
Currently a senior vice president with the Atlanta Braves, all but one of the nine accounts he follows are baseball-related, with six of those accounts being from current or former Braves players.
Although Aaron ranks second on the all-time home run list with 755 homers, the slugger has a ways to go before he reaches that ranking on Twitter. Canadian music star Justin Bieber has 36 million followers, and singer Lady Gaga is second with 35 million.