YOUNG gun LNP candidate Wyatt Roy – the “new Justin Bieber” – can add Twitter to his status as a rising political star.
As the 20-year-old fielded an avalanche of media calls yesterday after all but securing the seat of Longman, he was inundated with messages of congratulation on internet social networking site Twitter.
The level of traffic was so great that Mr Roy was at one stage receiving at least one tweet a minute – thrusting his name on to the site's trending topics list.
Other topics on the list included Twilight star Ashley Greene's rumoured relationship with pop star Joe Jonas and the new movie Inception.
There was an unconfirmed tweet on Saturday night that said Mr Roy was the No.1 trending topic.
Among a number of tweets comparing him to teenage pop star Beiber, westius wrote: “Wyatt Roy is trending world wide – he's the new Justin Beiber (sic)!”
Three separate tweets made Twitter's Top Tweet list after being re-tweeted more than 100 times each.
While Mr Roy is hot cyber property, the same can't be said about many of the other candidates.
At 2pm yesterday, the last tweet about his Labor opponent, Jon Sullivan, was posted 12 hours earlier, while Member for Fisher Peter Slipper's last message was four hours prior. Fairfax MP Alex Somlyay had only one tweet on election day.
An exhausted Mr Roy said he was not aware of his Twitter popularity.
“I haven't had the time (to look),” he said. “I think it's great that people, especially young people, are interested in politics.”
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