Salman Khan
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Five years ago Salman Khan joined Twitter with an aim to entertain his fans in 140 characters or less. But, it wasn't just his decision.

The superstar thanked Sonakshi Sinha and Arbaaz Khan for introducing him to the micro-blogging site.

"5 yrs on twitter! Thx to arbaaz," he posted and added, "N sorry, sonakshi devi too, she also had a small part to play in me joining twitter n counting followers. Thx dubli patli sonakshi devi." He also thanked his followers and fans for showering him with love on social media.

Trending for two days straight (#5YearsOfSalmanOnTwitter), Salman is extremely active and occasionally shares videos and photos from film sets or even otherwise. He also uses the site to spread awareness about his charitable trust Being Human in subtle ways.

The actor's fan went into celebratory mode, congratulating and wishing him for achieving a social media milestone. Here are some of the tweets:

Respect SK : @khanarpita @TwBirthday wow yesterday we had celebrated #5YearsOfSalmanOnTwitter nd today is ur TwitterBirthday... Amazing saath saath.. :) (sic)

Kisan Pokhariyal: @BeingSalmanKhan Sir Congratulations for #5YearsOfSalmanOnTwitter Your tweets r always like your movies #paisavasool.@zahidulalam

BajrangiBhaijaan: #5YearsOfSalmanOnTwitter Wow. Congrats @BeingSalmanKhan. We Love You Sooooo Much :) (sic)

SHONA: @BeingSalmanKhan congratulations sir #5YearsOfSalmanOnTwitter app best se bhi best khan ho king of heart king of bollywood luv u alot xx (sic)

‏@BeingHoor: @BeingSalmanKhan OMG u tweeted about it so happy #5YearsOfSalmanOnTwitter Congratulations! Say our thanks to Arbaz Ji (sic)

However, like 'reel' life, the reigning Khans are competitors on Twitter as well. And leading the pack with 12.4 million followers (as of today) is Shah Rukh Khan, followed by Aamir (12.1 million) and Salman (11.4 mn).