Charlie Sheen has recently shown how fame, fortune and eccentricity go a long way to creating a large Twitter following but have you ever wondered who the most influential Tweeters are in this country? Who are Britain’s Twitterati?
The recently launched i paper from the Independent stable has this week published a very interesting Twitter 100. Whilst we are disappointed not to see 123-reg listed despite our influence in the domain and hosting Twittersphere, we have to admit to being quite excited at seeing some different names and so perhaps surprise results.
The Twitter 100 claims to list in order the most powerful Britons on Twitter. Not the most followed but the most influential, the ones who unlike Charlie Sheen, tweet and are listened to not just mocked.
So who tops the list? Not author comic Stephen Fry. He is at number four. The most powerful tweeter in the country is seen as Sarah Brown, the wife of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown. At number two is BBC Five Live DJ Richard Bacon – topping some big hitting and highly followed Tweeters from the DJ sector including Chris Moyles, Fern Britton and Chris Evans.
Number three spot goes to Eddie Izzard with his mix of philosophical and slightly political tweets, meaning that Stephen Fry is not even the most influential comedian on Twitter.
A surprise for many may be corporate strategist and blogger Umair Haque in at number 5 but if you ever read any of his thoughts it is clear to see why many feel them worthy of re-tweeting and thus why he is deemed so influential.
Finally, mention must be made of the apparent ongoing Twitter war going on between Sir Alan Sugar and Piers Morgan. What at times looks like hearty banter between the two has had some very hard edges at times with some very barbed comments, carried on by their own followers. Expect then Sir Alan Sugar (14th) to be reminding Morgan (61st) of their respective standings in this latest table.
A bit of fun perhaps, but the fact that a serious newspaper is running features like this confirms the status and importance of Twitter in modern business and social lives.