INQ Mobile have compiled a list of those their research have found to be the most influential people in the Twitterverse.
Their relative influence was measured by counting the number of tweets they sent, the number of times they re-tweet others’ updates, the number of times that person’s updates have been re-tweeted and the number of times they are referenced in other people’s tweets.
Here are the top 10 Twitterers of 2009:
1. Pete Cashmore, CEO at Mashable (1.8m followers), influence rating of
2. Stephen Fry, Entertainer (1.1m followers), influence rating of 76.8
3. Russell Brand, Entertainer (0.6m followers), influence rating of 69.1
4. Dougie Poytner, McFly band member (139k followers), influence rating
5. Tom Fletcher, McFly band member (175k followers), influence rating 60.6
6. Eddie Izzard, Entertainer (1.3m followers), influence rating of 55.2
7. Zee M Kane, Editor in Chief of The Next Web (21k followers), influence
rating of 47.0
8. Jonathan Ross, Entertainer (461k followers), influence rating of 44.8
9. Richard Bacon, DJ and presenter (1.2m followers), influence rating of
10.Peter Andre, Singer/Celebrity (390k followers), influence rating of 41.4
Elaine Quinn, spokesperson for INQ Mobile said, “Twitter has certainly been the word on everyone’s lips in 2009 but nothing has dominated the conversation quite so much as the popularity contest between celebrities. In the UK we’ve become used to hearing stories about celebrities going head to head in the fight for followers with Stephen Fry publicly losing his lead to Eddie Izzard and Richard Bacon.
“However, it actually gets more interesting when you look at who has the most impact. Even though Richard Bacon now has more followers than Stephen Fry, Stephen still holds more influence to date.”
Hats off to Peter Andre, bringing up the rear at number 10. That’s got to be the first time his name and the word “influential” have ever appeared in the same sentence, surely?