Britney Jean Spears is an American pop singer legend that took the music industry by storm at the turn of the millennium. Born on December 2, 1981, Spears is originally from Kentwood, Louisiana and none of her family members were in the music industry before her. When she was a child she performed in theater, television shows and various acting roles before she got her big break and signed with a very popular 90’s record label. One television show that Spears was well known for as a child was, “The All-New Mickey Mouse Club”. She was chosen for the cast at eleven years old after having already been denied once. This ended up being a blessing is disguise because the cast this time around included other stars before their start such as Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and actress Keri Russell. Britney Spears’ first album, “Baby One More Time” put her on the music industry’s map in 1999 and she gained international attention in 2000 with her second album, “Ooops!…I Did It Again”. Shortly after, she went on to date the very popular Justin Timberlake of international boy band, NSYNC, and the couple gained tons of attention from all different sources of media.
Britney Spears’ career was not only very successful, but full of controversy since she had many personal issues. Her relationships with Justin Timberlake and Kevin Federline having been dirty break ups and also her infamous mental breakdown in 2007, gained her so much attention from tabloids and from the public. Over the years, Britney began to act out due to her intense work schedule and lack of privacy causing her to marry one of her childhood friends in Vegas, it having lasted for only two days, among other odd behavior. Britney Spear’s life story and career has definitely been entertaining to say the least, which is why she is one of the most well-known music icons of today.
Social Media Overview of Britney Spears:
Instagram: Britney Spears Instagram
Facebook: Britney Spears Facebook
Twitter: Britney Spears Twitter
When you look at Britney Spears’ Instagram page, you immediately notice that she has 17.2 million followers and that she is only following 86 accounts back. The account is also a public profile. There is a simple plug in the description of the page for one of her shows coming up and it advertises that the tickets are now on sale with a link to her website where you can buy them. I guess Britney Spears doesn’t need that much explaining when basically everyone in the world knows who she is! The Instagram account has 1,823 posts and is blue check mark verified. There being so many posts, I only scrolled through the recent ones which included photos of her performing, videos of her interacting with fans, photos of her kids and even a few videos of her working out. I think her Instagram account is a great way to get to know her because other social media pages mostly just include text and not that many videos.
Britney Spears’ Facebook page is a like page that is also blue check mark verified with 39,430,880 likes. The cover photo is of herself with some text promoting her newest tour locations and dates. Her profile picture is a fashion shot of her getting out of a black car wearing a red dress. On the page there is a description with multiple links to her other social media sites and her websites. There are photos and posts that talk about her tour dates and her overall lifestyle. Britney’s Facebook page is not as personalized as her Instagram account and is mainly business focused. It is very straight to the point and overall is a very informative page.
Spears’ Twitter account is public, is blue check mark verified and has 55.2 million followers with the account only following back 391 thousand. For celebrities, Twitter is the mainly used social media page which is why it makes sense that of all her social media pages, this account is following back the most people. There are 5,213 Tweets and a bio that states where she lives, how long she has been active on Twitter for and has a promo for her new album Glory. The page also lists a link to one of her websites. There are 1,011 photos and videos, mostly of her family and herself. Her posts are personalized and of all her social media accounts, I believe it is actually her posting on her Twitter and not just her publicity team.
It is no secret that Britney Spears’ peak was over ten years ago and that she is aging. My only critique of her social media platforms is I wish they would post more natural, unedited photos and videos of her. I also wish they would participate in some sort of “throwback Thursday” and post more of her earlier work. I think it would be good for her image and career to remind people why she is one of the best of the best in her industry. I also think her Instagram page should be following way more than just 86 accounts considering she has millions of followers. The fact that her Instagram page is following so few accounts while she has so many followers, makes her seem stuck up, which is never a good image for anyone.
Overall, Britney Spears’ digital footprint has a lot of influence on all social media platforms. Her being one of the biggest superstars in the world, her pages are one of the most followed on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Whether it be herself or her publicity team, I personally believe that they have done a good job at making her accounts reflect who she really is and what she is all about. Her music is iconic and most of my generation grew up listening to it. Spears has inspired new up and coming artists, dancers and actors all around the world and continues to entertain to this day.