With the Twitter account @Pontifex being setup for Pope Benedict XVI today, it is already seeing huge additions in followers. It is already at over 322,000 followers and growing. While some thought it might reach 1 million by the end of the month, it looks like that is going to happen by the end of the week. And this is for an account which has yet to post any Tweets of any kind. Pretty amazing.
It seems that the numbers are growing by over 100 every second. If you take the time to keep monitoring it, you will see the numbers going up and down. It appears that they are cleaning house for those which they do not want to see following the Pope. Definitely an attempt to keep things clean.
There are 7 accounts that @Pontifex is following and they are Twitter accounts for the Pope in other languages. They are:
Tweets are expected to start on December 12th.