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The 100 most influential news media Twitter accounts

September 3rd, 2010Posted by in Social media and blogging

Daniel Romero, a PhD candidate at Cornell University in the US, has produced some fascinating research into news organisations and sources’ influence on Twitter.

Using a study by HP Labs’ Social Computing Lab, which attempts to measure influence on Twitter, Romero has created a list of the 100 most influential news media accounts.


The BBC’s breaking news account, the Wall Street Journal, ESPN and the New York Times all rank within the top 25 most influential. But as our visualisation below of the top 25 accounts in the list shows (click to interact with it), a large number of followers doesn’t always guarantee you more influence – the quality of links and how they are shared also count.

(via Memeburn)

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  • Hi did your analysis only include News-Sources in english language? or did the non-english sources not reach the Top-100?

    This is a serious question from the continent.

    Yours Stephan Fink

  • Hi Stephan,

    A good question – best put to @danielromero – http://twitter.com/DanielMRomero

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  • Yea, it definitely included only news sources in English. Two of the main news portals in Brazil have over 200k followers, a Sunday prime time news show on TV has more than a million, and I’m pretty sure there are huge news sources on Twitter in countries like Indonesia and Japan.

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