David Attenborough joined Instagram. Four hours later he had 1 million followers

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The 94-year-old naturalist charted a world record in less than 24 hours by becoming the Instagram profile that gained one million followers in over four hours.

Previous record holder, Aniston, reach one million followers in 5 hours and 16 minutes. He had over 3.1 million followers as of Friday morning.

In his first post, the much-loved nature broadcaster explained he was hoping to use the account to spread awareness around climate change. Continents are on fire, glaciers are melting, coral reefs are dying, the fish are disappearing from our oceans... "The list goes on and on", he said.

Attenborough, in the message, gave the viewers a positive message and said that the solution to all these problems are also available and that is why he has made a decision to tackle this new way of communication.

Tennis star Andy Murray was among those to comment writing: "Welcome to Instagram Sir David!"

The page is run by producers Colin Butfield and Jonnie Hughes, as well as other producers from David Attenborough's upcoming film A Life On Our Planet.

They explained: "Social media isn't Sir David's usual habitat so while he has recorded messages exclusively for Instagram, like the one in this post, we are helping to run this account".

The film, David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet, will premiere in cinemas on 28 September before launching on Netflix globally on 4 October.

"Social media isn't David's usual habitat", they wrote in a message accompanying the naturalist's introductory video. "So while he's recorded messages exclusively for Instagram, like the one in this post, we're helping to run this account".

World-famous footballer David Beckham also welcomed Sir David to the platform in his Instagram story where he shared a picture of them together, calling him "one of the most inspiring people I have ever met".

"But we know what to do about it", he said.

"In case you're wondering, "we" are Jonnie and Colin and we worked with David on A Life On Our Planet". With the account's first two posts, they promise a bunch of "exclusive clips and behind the scenes content" to come.



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