SA Twitter baby makes history

2009-05-15 15:34

Cape Town - Newborn Cape Town baby Max may be just a few hours old, but he already has a record number of fans on Twitter, a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read other users' updates known as tweets.

Max's mother is Tertia Albertyn, a South African who got famous for blogging about her battle with infertility and then winning that battle, which she later also published in a book titled So Close.

Max is Tertia's third baby, but what makes him extra special is the fact that his mother tweeted all the way through the birth, including some hilarious details.

That's pretty cool. However, what makes Max extraordinary, is the fact that he was listed as a "trending topic" on the front page of Twitter. Now that's uber cool.

Tertia's Twitter friends from all over the world, better known as "followers", started tweeting #MaxDay to congratulate her. Twitter registered so many #MaxDay tweets, that Max made it to Twitter's list of "trending topics" of the day.

Yes, little Max Albertyn from Cape Town has become global news on arguably the world's hottest new communication system.

Twitter has over 7 million active users worldwide, with an estimated 10 000 accounts in South Africa.