Top 20 Twitter accounts 2010 and 2017: How social media maps changes in fortune and fame


These are the 20 most followed accounts on Twitter in 2010 and 2017 (via Kwak, Lee, Park & Moon and Twitter Counter). Changes have occurred, people have become more famous, some less famous and others infamous in the intervening period.
It so happens that Cristiano Ronaldo is the only sports person in the top 20 in 2017 with Shaquille O’Neal seemingly no longer running his account and Lance Armstrong (#15 in 2010) now #236.

Singer Katy Perry is the most followed person while Barack Obama remains the most popular politician and has seen increase in following (#7 in 2010, #3 in 2017) but President Trump is #43.
Entertainers continue to be the most popular personalities on Twitter, 11/20 in 2010 and 15/20 in 2017.
Only one news organisation CNNBreaking News remains in the top 20 in 2017 out of 3 in 2010 (New York Times now #23).
The official Twitter account (#9 in 2017, #6 in 2010) remains popular with YouTube joining the top 20 and the Instagram account #21 as the top ranked tech accounts.
Oprah has dropped out of the top 20 to #22  with Kim Kardashian dropping three spots to #13. Ashton Kutcher (#1 in 2010) and ex-wife Demi Moore (#12 in 2010) have fallen far out of range.

What is responsible for changes in these rankings?

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