With over 330 million monthly active users, Twitter is one of the most popular social media platforms. It is an online social networking and microblogging platform that was established in the year 2006.
Twitter allows users to post text-based status updates and messages of up to 280 characters in length. This message is known as a tweet. Today, it has become a place where people express their opinions on different topics and also connect with their favourite celebrities. It is also the place where we get informed on the latest news.
In fact, the social platform has flourished a lot as a way to get the latest updates and the great news channels are very famous on Twitter getting a huge following of people who want to stay updated. And this is how Twitter trending hashtags are created.
Twitter provides a near-instant access channel to celebrities. Fans show their love for their favourite artist's latest record. And celebrities react to those tweets by playing to it, retweeting it or just liking it.
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Most of the people listed among the top ten Twitter accounts are entertainers; they use this medium to communicate with fans, spread relevant news regarding their work. The most followed person on Twitter is currently former US President Barack Obama.
Let's go through the list of top 10 most-followed accounts on Twitter across the world and see the top accounts with the highest number of followers. Get ready to know who the most popular people on Twitter are!
Barack Obama is one the first place among the most followed accounts on Twitter. He is two-term President of the United States, Barack Obama. It will be no shock that holding the most powerful office in the world gets you a lot of followers.
Obama's account has been in the news many times. Last year, it made headlines with his positive newyear message of hope of the future as compared to Trump's all-capitals rent about the media just a few hours earlier.
With the presidency behind him, Obama generally tweets about his other activities like the work being done by his Obama Foundation.
The second name in this list, Justin Bieber has been a near-constant presence since his 2010 hit Baby. Since then, he has been in the limelight. Present-day, he has more than 113 million followers. On his Twitter account, the celebrity updates his style and looks as he has gotten old. Presently, he is one of the biggest stars and he is followed by many popular celebrities.
Some of Bieber's more notable followers include Laggy Azalea, Queen Latifah, and Jaden Smith. Apart from being one of the most followed accounts on Twitter, he is the 7th most influential man on Twitter also.
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Bieber's actual account has less promotional posts as compared to others listed here. His post comes sparingly, and they are just as often random thoughts and the type of content any other Twitter users may use.
The world-famous pop star and girl kisser, Katy Perry is another leading name. From humble beginnings singing in churches, Perry has today established her name as one of the biggest music acts on the global level. She has over 108 million followers on Twitter.
Apart from a leading position with most followers on Twitter, Katy is 2nd most influential woman on Twitter. He is followed by four members of One Direction, Neil Patrick Harris, and Alicia Keys.
Possibly explaining her high count Perry stays active on Twitter and regularly posts her thoughts and personal messages instead of flooding the feed with promotional tweets.
All the above three most-followed accounts on Twitter are the only ones to have surpassed 100 million followers. Singer Rihanna, in fourth place, is slowly growing and increasing the way towards this mark.
After Justin Bieber, Rihanna is another musician on this list; He is a megastar and beauty product entrepreneur.
With a slew of hits to her name and the Fenty business going from strength to strength, she has successfully achieved over 99 million that is a huge following on Twitter.
Rihanna's Twitter has a lot of headlines, particularly with him criticizing Donald Trump of using her songs at his rallies. Aside from Presidential beef, Rihanna's Twitter account has the usual promotional stuff but also includes more personal tweets like shootouts to collaborators and political posts.
The only sports personality in this list of most-followed accounts on Twitter; Cristiana Ronaldo is growing with more than 88 million followers. Arguably the best football (soccer) player on the planet Ronaldo has gained great name and fame globally.
Along with playing for the Portuguese national team, he has had stints at the biggest clubs in the world including Manchester United Real Madrid, and Juventus F.C. As an amazing player to ever play the game, Ronaldo is a sensational footballer and also known for his power, fitness, aerial ability and most notably, goals.
Ronaldo is the 4the most influential man on this platform; he has some pretty big-name followers including Usain Bolt, Lil Wayne, and the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey.
The second politician of the list of most-followed accounts on Twitter is the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. It is his personal account instead of @potus one all Presidents get access to.
Trumps and his Twitter account always stay in the news. He has used this Twitter mainly for making policy announcements or attacking opponents, while his use of capitals and terms used as sad have become a constant point of ridicule and parody. With up to 2-6 years left of a Trump presidency; we can expect him to hold his leading position among the most followed accounts on Twitter.
Taylor Swift, one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, is on 7th place among the most followed accounts on Twitter. Being the popular pop stars does not only bring fame and fortune for Taylor but a huge number of Twitters followed also.
Swift is also the most influential person on the social platform. And the unique part or say the impressive part is that Taylor Swift barely even tweets.
In the year 2018, she tweeted more than 20 times and that was it. She is yet to send one in 2019. No doubt, here over 83 million followers are patient.
After getting a huge success in music and acting, Lady Gaga has gained great popularity on Twitter. She especially gained her recent performance in the film A Star is Born, Lady Gaga finds herself as the sixth most followed person on Twitter.
Being the 3rd most influential woman on Twitter, Lady Gaga is widely followed by many renowned individuals such as Oprah Winfrey, David Guetta, and Miley Cyrus. She regularly communized with her fans through Twitter and resonates well with the audience. Lady Gaga's Twitter account is mostly updated on her music and acting and also the activities of her Born This Way Foundation.
With over 79 million followers on Twitter, Ellen DeGeneres is 9th most-followed account on Twitter. She has been the host of the massively popular Ellen show; her huge viewing figures have made her a hit on the platform also. Her famous Oscars tweet, for a while, was the most retweeted tweet of all time and also has something to do with her high follower count.
Technically, Ellen DeGeneres's Twitter handle is for her show. And that's why all her tweets like pictures and clips are posted to promote that. Besides, there are also a few personal tweets that appear from time to time.
Ariana Grande, the last name of this list, with successive hits, has been always in limelight. After the release of her song thank u, next kicking up a storm on Twitter, she gained great name and fame.
He Twitter following is pretty start-studded also including Lindsay Lohan, Harry Styles, and Jared Leto.
She shares personal as well as promotional tweets and also gives plenty of shout outs to her fans.
So, these are the top 10 most followed accounts on Twitter. Everyone on the platform is one way or another and we generally follow one of these top Twitter accounts.
This is really amazing; there are a few accounts that are receiving a huge ton of engagement, especially Barack Obama and Justin Bieber. If you check their following list, you find that their engagement value is more than 10 times higher than the market value.
Musicians are dominating the top positions in this list that is somewhat surprising considering the association Twitter has with world events and politics. Of the top ten, more than half are singes. Apart from Rihanna, Perry, and Bieber, the other three singes on the list include Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, and Lady Gaga. There are two popular politicians- Barack Obama and Donald J. Trump. Aside, list of most-followed accounts on Twitter also includes Portuguese football captain Cristiana Ronaldo, who is the only sportsperson on the list.
You can create your own personal account and share your opinion on different topics or you can have a face one just to scroll up and down and check Twitter.
That's it on most-followed accounts on Twitter. Hopefully, this list will help you to know about the most popular people on Twitter. If you have any doubt or query, just let us know in the comment section below.
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