The Top 20 Most Influential News Media Twitter Feeds

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A Cornell University PhD candidate named Daniel Romero used an HP Labs’ Social Computing Lab study measuring influence on Twitter to come up with a list of the “100 most influential news media accounts.”

Memeburn explains:

Having a large number of followers does not imply having influence. Moreover, not having a large number of followers does not mean lack of influence.

Romero cites an interesting US example: @bigpicture, a photo blog for the Boston Globe has a mere 23K followers, but it is the third-most influential account on the list of the Top 100. After taking a look at some of the very high quality photographs tweeted by this account it becomes clear why people are willing to retweet them and why this account has so much influence.

The list is a combination of big mainstream media outlets, buzzy blogs and niche publications you may or may not have heard of. (NOTE: The data is from June 16-July 22 2009. More details on the methodology here.)

How many of these Twitter accounts are you following?

[h/t journalism.co.uk]

20. People Magazine

Followers as of July 2009: 2,099,081

@peoplemag

19. TweetMeme

Followers as of July 2009: 52,386

@tweetmeme

18. CNN

Followers as of July 2009: 1,196,719

17. The White House

Followers as of July 2009: 1,794,544

@whitehouse

16. Rolling Stone

Followers as of July 2009: 133,999

@rollingstone

15. Pitchfork

Followers as of July 2009: 1,494,896

@pitchforkmedia

14. Smashing Magazine

Followers as of July 2009: 224,333

@smashingmag

13. Wall Street Journal

Followers as of July 2009: 366,133

@wsj

12. Wired

Followers as of July 2009: 547,187

@wired

11. TechCrunch

Followers as of July 2009: 1,402,254

@techcrunch

10. Gizmodo

Followers as of July 2009: 111,025

@gizmodo

9. Harvard Business Review

Followers as of July 2009: 219,039

@harvardbiz

8. ESPN

Followers as of July 2009: 572,577

@espn

7. BBC Breaking News

Followers as of July 2009: 5,097,56

@bbcbreaking

6. Breaking News

Followers as of July 2009: 1,795,976

@breakingnews

5. TIME.com

Followers as of July 2009: 2,111,832

@time

4. The Onion

Followers as of July 2009: 2,289,939

@theonion

3. The Big Picture

Followers as of July 2009: 23,666

@big_picture

2. CNN Breaking News

Followers as of July 2009: 3,224,475

@cnnbrk

1. Pete Cashmore

Followers as of July 2009: 2,037,840

@mashable


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