The first ever SNS (Social Network Service) Industry Grand Award in South Korea has awarded top honors to stars including Lee Min Ho and Big Bang for their social media influence and contribution. It's amazing how far and wide these top stars reach around the world.

The SNS Industry Grand Award was established to acknowledge individuals, groups, or organizations who played an exemplary role in online communication. The award is hosted by Social Network Service Industry Development Institute and sponsored by Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning and Korea Internet & Security Agency. They awarded the winners on June 30.

Lee Min Ho received the Korea Information Society Agency Superiors Award by placing #1 on individual SNS. He is active on various social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Weibo, and LINE mobile messenger to bring his fans together. According to one of the news reports at publishing time, he has 16,488,784 followers on Facebook,and 27,719,300 fans on Weibo. Lee Min Ho is well known for communicating directly with his millions of fans and also encouraging them to contribute to charity causes such as Promiz, the charity platform he started and continues to support.

Popular Korean band Big Bang follows right after Lee Min Ho in its social media reach. The band also has 4.1 million YouTube subscribers. Big Bang received the National Internet Development Agency of Korea Superiors Award.

According to statistics from Social Baker, Lee Min Ho currently ranks 26 among all actors globally on Facebook — that's higher than American actors Zac Efron at 29 and Johnny Depp at 32.

Other recipients include Korea.com receiving the National Internet Development Agency of Korea Superiors Award, TV personality Kim Na Young winning an award for promoting the social media industry, and novelist Lee Oi-su winning an award for contributing to the social media industry.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Do you follow Lee Min Ho, Big Bang, or other stars via your social media accounts? Take a look at where you can follow them HERE.


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