If you take a look at the top 10 Twitter users today on Twitaholic (formerly Twitterholic), you’ll see basically just a battle between pop music stars including Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, and Lady Gaga. But back in 2008, Twitter’s top accounts was very different. The top 10 was an impressive collection of influencers, podcasters, news sites and government-run accounts that included Barack Obama, Kevin Rose (Diggnation), Leo Laporte, Alex Albrecht (Diggnation), NASA‘s Mars Phoenix Rover, Jason Calacanis, Robert Scoble, CNN Breaking News, Veronica Belmont, and John C. Dvorak. And to make the top 10 list, you only needed 17,000 followers or more.

Top Twitter Users In 2008

Here are screenshots of the top 10 Twitter users on September 2, 2008…

Top Twitter Accounts Sept 2008
Top Twitter Accounts (Sept 2008)

Top Twitter Users In 2015

And here’s the top 10 Twitter users 7 years later on September 2, 2015.

Twitterholic's Top 10 Twitter Users
Top Twitter Accounts (Sept 2015)

As you can see, Barack Obama is the only Twitter user still in the top 10 list from 7-years ago. Is it a good thing or a bad thing that Twitter went from being dominated by tech personalities and news resources to mostly pop music stars? Twitter is now just a popularity contest. What do you think about how Twitter has evolved? Please tell us in the comments below or tweet us @methodshop.