by Brandy D. Anderson
Have you ever wondered which Twitter accounts are the most popular? Some of the answers may surprise you. Who would have thought a politician, a few pop stars, and a billion dollar corporation would all share the same category? Without further ado, here are the top five most followed accounts on Twitter:
About: “Currently beaming on the Prismatic World Tour 2014/2015!”
It’s not much of a surprise that this pixie singer comes in at number one. Part of that mega-popularity can be attributed to her spunky personality, part of it is her upbeat poppy music, but there’s another reason for her mass of followers – she constantly, and I mean, constantly tweets. Perry posts a plethora of personal photos and videos, like today’s multiple short vids of her embracing a new physical challenge: ziplining from very high spots. You can see her shoot down a rather tiny wire and zip across high tree tops, and she even blows a kiss to the camera. She also tweets positive messages to fans and friends. A few days ago she wished a “Huge Happy Birthday to one of the kindest and most loyal people I have come across during my career. @itsjeremyscott has always believed in my creative vision, and made time for me from the beginning…” Her happy-go-lucky spirit is what keeps fans so enamored, and you’ll definitely find fun and uplifting content on her account.
About: “Let’s make the world better, together. Join my fan club @officialfahlo and add me on @shots ‘justinbeiber’.”
Quite honestly, I was surprised to see Bieber was still the second most followed Tweeter. I thought that ‘Bieber Fever’ had all but settled down, but for better or worse, apparently that’s far from being the case. Bieber has a new single coming out called “What Do You Mean?”, and these days his account is covered with self-promotion. He has some big-name celebrity friends lending a hand by tweeting selfies along with his new song’s title followed by a countdown scrawled in creative places (the release is 28th August) . Professional skateboarder Ryan Sheckler is standing in front of a brick fireplace with the countdown written across his board, singer Tori Kelly sings the one line a few times, with an accompanying sign on her guitar, Hillary Duff poses in black and white as she holds up a stylized placard, rock band Twenty One Pilots poses in a very – interesting – photo, skating legend Tony Hawk skates away with a sign, while musician Rudy Mancuso made an entertaining short video. Really, his account is currently so inundated with this promotion, that you have to scroll down – way, down, down, down, to find much of anything else. But, if you go down a ways, you’ll find his normal fare of fan art retweets, photos, and info on his current events.
About: “This account is run by Organizing for Action staff. Tweets from the President are signed -bo.”
Wow, in our age of celebrity worship, it’s pretty impressive that the President of the United States makes number three on this list. Particularly when this site is run by his administration and he rarely tweets himself. The account is updated consistently, and it’s a great way to keep up with the President if you’re interested in his daily political activities. A lot of the posts feature short pieces regarding Obama’s latest measures and actions he’s trying to implement, like today’s most recent posts urging you to “Read about President Obama’s latest move to reduce methane gas pollution from landfills”, “WATCH: Find out why President Obama is heading to Alaska at the end of the month”, and to “Take a stand with state leaders committed to #ActOnClimate. Show your support for the Clean Power Plan”. You’ll also find links to Obama’s weekly addresses. There’s a bit of humour here, as well, such as August 12th’s post: “The uninsured rate is now down to single digits for the first time – thanks to #Obamacare” which features a gif below of Obama pretending to throw a basketball, make a basket, and pump his fist in the air (click here to see it).
About: “Born in 1989.”
Swift’s infectious positive attitude is sure to rub off on you after reading a few of her tweets. Her latest tweets from last night coo over her most recent special guests in attendance at one of her shows: a Hollywood actress and a folk singing legend: “Tonight Joan Baez and Julia Roberts danced it out to ‘Style’. These two women are my heroes. What an honor”. She tweeted a few photos of them together on stage. Swift also retweets sweet fan messages and funny celebrity tweets. She posts silly pictures of her petulant cat. She seems to always post a thank you message to fans after each concert, which is pretty endearing. You’ll find behind-the-scenes clips from her music video shoots, links to her magazine features, and loads of professional photos of her, with the occasional candid shot as well (like the photo of her with her friend, actress Jaime King, and her newborn godson).
About: “Tweets on music, trends and all that is awesome in the world of YouTube.”
You know a corporation has hit it big when it ranks as the fifth most popular Twitter account in the world. This account is playful and representative of its biggest demographic, the Millennials and Net Gen, and it even goes as far as adopting ‘text speak’ in tweets: “OMG THESE CATS R MAKING US CRAZY! (emoji emoji emoji)” along with a cat gif. They’ll keep you up to date on all of their latest and greatest videos: “@OfficialWillow takes you to another plane of consciousness”, “Go on a surfin’ safari through sharksville”, and “Death to all old phones!” with the video link and emojis of a knife and telephone. There are gifs celebrating the recent Teen Choice awards, with a particular nod towards #TeamInternet. You’ll find an embedded video teaching you “How to steal pizza and influence people”. You can also learn the answer to this classic tantalizing gamer question: “Is Mario evil?” and you can “Blow stuff up with @BillNye”. If you’re a fan of YouTube, you should definitely be following this account.