Here are the top-20 Twitter accounts as of right now (and what they do)

7 months ago by Joshua Fruhlinger

When Twitter ($NYSE:TWTR) launched in 2006, it was little more than a curious messaging platform that challenged users to make a point in 140 characters. Some users turned the format into an artform, the service flourished, and it now claims 330 million active users as of October, 2017.

Some of those users - especially the most popular ones - use the platform to promote their music, to affect world change, and, as we've learned in the past couple years, to deliver Presidential statements as we wake up.

But Donald Trump's Twitter account, perhaps the most famous - or infamous - one, isn't the most-popular one. That honor goes to musician Katy Perry who claims 109,252,106 followers as of March, 2018. Former President Barack Obama is next with 101,789.876 followers.

Donald Trump's Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, sits at spot #9 after Rihanna, soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, YouTube and Twitter itself, and Trump nemesis CNN Breaking News.

Screen Name

Followers (Max)

Real Name

Industry

katyperry

109,252,106

Katy Perry

Music

BarackObama

101,789,876

Barack Obama

Politics

rihanna

87,325,991

Rihanna

Music

Cristiano

72,311,396

Cristiano Ronaldo

Sports

YouTube

71,930,127

YouTube

Business

Twitter

62,839,838

Twitter

Business

cnnbrk

54,786,964

Cnn Breaking News

Media

realDonaldTrump

50,776,321

Donald Trump

Politics

BillGates

45,718,063

Bill Gates

Business

BrunoMars

42,457,718

Bruno Mars

Music

nytimes

41,820,814

New York Times

Media

KingJames

41,384,635

LeBron James

Sports

CNN

40,155,343

CNN

Media

neymarjr

39,174,183

Neymar Jr.

Sports

SportsCenter

35,712,427

ESPN SportsCenter

Media

KevinHart4real

35,172,040

Kevin Hart

Entertainment

espn

34,157,291

ESPN

Media

wizkhalifa

33,654,885

Wiz Khalifa

Music

realmadrid

30,239,215

Real Madrid

Sports

Joshua Fruhlinger

Joshua has been writing about technology, lifestyle, and business for over 20 years. He's one of the original writers and editors for Engadget, and still writes a...

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