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Ronan is top of the tweets with 74,000 fans

LADY Gaga may be the newly crowned queen of Twitter, but Ronan Keating is Ireland's king of social networking.

The Boyzone singer has been named as the Irish star with the most followers here -- with an impressive 74,308 fans hanging on his every word.

Although Ronan took a hiatus from tweeting during his tumultuous year, he has become one of the site's most active users since he began his role as a judge on the X Factor Australia, regularly tweeting about his experiences.

But Ronan has pulled a Kanye West -- and in spite of his Twitter popularity, has decided not to follow anyone else on the website.

And in a trip back in time to the 1990s, it's once again the battle of the boybands.

Keating's main competition in the celebrity follower stakes is none other than Westlife singer Nicky Byrne, who has racked up 38,932 followers and counting.

While the singers may be Ireland's most followed celebrities, they still pale in comparison to the true leader of Irish Twitterland, the non-celebrity who reports under the alias MacTweeter.

This is the username coined by Apple, the brains behind the Mac computer and iPhone.

Following in Ronan's footsteps is life coach Sinead Duffy, nabbing second place, with radio star Chris Evans in third place.

cmcbride@herald.ie