Whistleblower Edward Snowden has received 47GB of notifications from Twitter. He joined the microblogging network on 27 September and gained about 59,000 followers within 30 minutes of posting the first tweet.
Snowden on 29 September posted a tweet to reveal that he had received the whopping amount of notifications on each follow and favourite retweet and direct message that he received since joining Twitter. Although Twitter offers an option to disable notifications, he forgot to turn off the notifications on his account.
I forgot to turn off notifications. Twitter sent me an email for each: Follow Favorite Retweet DM 47 gigs of notifications. #lessonlearned
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) October 1, 2015
With a follower base of 1.3 million followers on his verified Twitter account, Snowden has become one of the most famous personalities on the network. His first tweet has been retweeted 121,000 times and favourited 116,000 times in just a few days. Moreover, his name has become a top trend since he joined the network.
Snowden shot to fame in 2013 after he exposed the US National Security Agency's (NSA) mass surveillance techniques. Despite the popularity on Twitter, Snowden is following only one account, which is the official account of the NSA. His bio confirms that "he used to work for the government" in the US in the past, but is now "working for the public" and is the director at @FreedomofPress.