At the young age of 94 and with a lifetime of achievements, Sir David Attenborough bagged himself a Guinness World Record. The famed presenter reached 1 million followers on Friday last week.
It took the legend just 4 hours and 44 minutes to get to 1 million! This smashed Jennifer Aniston’s previous record of 5 hours 16 minutes – set in October 2019.
He is now (end of September 2020) on almost 5 million as his explosive start to life on Instagram continues.
Being arguably the biggest influencer in the world when it comes to environmental issues and nature, Sir David has reached the hearts of generations through several platforms however Instagram has not been one of them.
Saving the planet through social media
The reason for his new adventure is simply to widen his horizons so he can spread the word further as he continues to fight for the planet. In his first video, he said: “Saving our planet is now a communications challenge”.
Being nearly 100, social media isn’t his natural habitat by any stretch of the imagination, so he has got helpers on hand to produce and post the content.
His first post (which has received over 17 million views at the time of writing), came in the shape an IGTV video and reads as follows:
“David Attenborough has spent a lifetime travelling, exploring the wild places of our planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder. He’s also witnessed the damaged caused. Saving our planet is now a communications challenge. We know what to do, we just need the will. That’s why we want to share this message on Instagram. Because there is hope and together, we can inspire change. Social media isn’t David’s usual habitat. so while he’s recorded messages solely for Instagram, like the one in this post, we’re helping to run this account.”
“In case you’re wondering, ‘we’ are Jonnie and Colin. Jonnie and Colin worked with David on A Life On Our Planet. So, as well as sharing the messages he’s recorded especially for this account we’ll also post some exclusive clips and behind the scenes content. Stay tuned.”
Sir David Attenborough heads up a pretty high profile leaderboard. H’s beating some interesting people including literal royalty, sports superstars, Hollywood actors and none other than the Pope.
Here’s the top 6
- Sir David Attenborough – four hours 44 minutes (September 2020)
- Jennifer Aniston – five hours 16 minutes (October 2019)
- Duke and Duchess of Sussex – five hours 45 minutes (April 2019)
- Kang Daniel, K-Pop star – 11 hours 36 minutes (January 2019)
- Pope Francis – 12 hours (March 2016)
- David Beckham – 24 hours (May 2015)
P.S. we love you Sir David