By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Nov 02, 2017 at 6:02 PM

Wait, Cookie Monster is on Twitter and nobody told me?!

It’s clearly an official account. I can tell not just by the blue checkmark, but because the profile reads, "Me official. Me love cookies! Me officially love cookies," and we know only the real Cookie Monster talks that way.

And 156,000 of you knew?! Me sad.

Luckily, I found out in time to wish the blue television icon a happy birthday today.

I couldn’t help but notice that Cookie, being so beloved not only around the globe but also on his own block, received numerous birthday tweets from his Sesame Street neighbors and definitely not a poor social media intern who had to log into all those accounts and send all those greetings to essentially himself.

My incredibly adult fall down this fuzzy rabbit hole (I blame fatherhood, before which I'd never even heard of Abby Cadabby) led me to also notice that the number of Twitter followers for each Sesame Street character varies widely, creating a sort of barometer of their popularity – at least among the digitalerati, or whatever you call people who fritter away their days on social media. You know, people like me (*sings* "Can you tell me how to get, how to get my attention back to my work").

Here are the current standings:

  • Cookie Monster, 156,000
  • Elmo, 77,500
  • Big Bird, 61,200
  • Count von Count, 50,500
  • Oscar the Grouch, 58,000
  • Grover, 33,700
  • Ernie, 21,700
  • Bert, 17,800
  • Abby Cadabby, 10,000
  • Snuffleupagus, 3,800

Zoe, Telly, Rosita and Ernie’s rubber ducky have, perhaps wisely, thought better of maintaining a Twitter presence.

As for my taking the time to dig into this hard-hitting and important data ...

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.