If you take a look at the top Twitter users on 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 were very different. The list of top 10 users on Twitter 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 it on the top 10 list, you only needed 28,000 followers or more.
Top Twitter Users In 2008
Here’s a screenshot of the top 10 Twitter users on September 2, 2008.
Top Twitter Users In 2015
And here are the top 10 users on Twitter 7 years later on September 2, 2015.
Top Twitter Users: 2008 vs 2015
As you can see, Barack Obama is the only Twitter user still in the top 10 list in both 2008 and 2015. Is it a good thing or a bad thing that Twitter went from being dominated by tech personalities and news resources to pop music stars? Is 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.