President Obama, Justin Bieber Wielded Most Twitter Influence in 2010
In the Twitterverse, President Obama ranked as the most influential person in 2010, followed by teen idol Justin Bieber, according to Klout, a San Francisco company that measures social media influence.
Ranked next was conservative commentator Glenn Beck, followed by former President George W. Bush, Apple figurehead Steve Jobs, NBA star LeBron James, singing sensation Lady Gaga, U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and outgoing U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The ranking reflects the amount of Twitter buzz surrounding each person. Klout came up with this list and other rankings by analyzing Twitter content produced in 2010.
President Obama headed the list for influential politicians. Sarah Palin came in second, followed by George W. Bush, Scott Brown, Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Sen. John McCain, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, former President Ronald Reagan, Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton.
Justin Bieber reigned in the musician category, followed by Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Jay-Z.
As for the most popular topics on Twitter, social media came in first in 2010, followed by Iran, politics, the Tea Party, health care reform, Haiti, sports, movies, travel and tourism, and soccer’s World Cup.
Not surprisingly, Twitter ranked first among influential tech companies on Twitter, according to Klout, followed by Facebook, Goggle, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon.com, WordPress, Yahoo, Foursquare and Myspace.
The iPhone topped the list of most influential products in 2010, with the iPad ranked second. Next in line were Android, iPod, Blackberry, TweetDeck, Skype, Windows 7, Amazon Kindle and Xbox 360.
Coca-Cola led the list of most influential companies. In second place was the New York Times, followed by Starbucks, Ford, McDonald’s, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Disney, BP and Toyota.
The most influential TV shows on Twitter in 2010 were Lost, American Idol, Red Eye, Glee, True Blood, Jersey Shore, Big Brother, Saturday Night Live, Project Runway and Mad Men.
Thanks to the World Cup, soccer ruled as the most influential sport of 2010, according to Klout. In the No. 2 spot was football, followed by golf, basketball, baseball, hockey, NASCAR, surfing, cycling and poker.
Among sports teams, the Los Angeles Lakers grabbed first place, followed by the New York Yankees, Boston Celtics, Indianapolis Colts, New York Mets, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, Boston Red Sox, New York Jets and San Francisco Giants.