There are currently over 300 million users on Twitter, how many of them are following you? In the social media world of entertainment and celebrity, if you don’t have more than 10 million followers, you just aren’t cool.
As we approach the ten-year anniversary of Twitter, I thought it would be a neat idea to highlight some of the most popular people (mainly celebrities) on Twitter today. To make this process even easier, all I had to do was head over to Twiends.com and pull up their brand new “The Top 100 Twitter Users of 2016” infographic. I’m glad I came across this report because the idea of spending two weeks on analytical data and trying to figure out who made the biggest moves in 2015 isn’t something I was looking forward to!
To make sure all of this data was as close to correct as possible, the team over at Twiends used cached copies of the user profile pages and also referenced cached and current versions of the top user lists published by Twitaholic, Twitter Counter, FriendorFollow and Socialbakers.
Top 100 Twitter Users of 2016
Now let’s move on to the good stuff and see who’s currently ranking at the top of Twitter in terms of overall follower numbers.
- Katy Perry (80 million)
- Justin Bieber (72 million)
- Taylor Swift (67 million)
- Barack Obama (66 million)
- YouTube (58 million)
- Rihanna (54 million)
- Lady Gaga (53 million)
What you will notice right away is that nearly all of the top seven placeholders are celebrities, in exception of YouTube. It’s also clear that female celebrities are easily dominating the world of social media, in terms of how many followers they have. When seeing celebrities with follower numbers in the 50+ million range, it’s hard not to think about how many are fake followers and bot accounts — even just a small percentage can still means thousands of fake followers.
The report also shows who the top gainers of 2015 were. Taylor Swift leads the pack with almost 20 million new followers. Katy Perry was right behind her, along with many other well-known celebrities like Justin Bieber, Ellen, Rihanna and Jimmy Fallon with around 15 million followers each. You will also see a lot of brands like CNN, SportsCenter, ESPN and YouTube having added around 10 million followers in 2015 as well.
Twitter is still growing in reach globally, but in terms of representation (most followed accounts), the United States still ranks number one. The UK came in second, India third and Spain in fourth.
2016 has only just begun and now the question is… who will make it to that elusive 100 million mark first…