Ever wonder which accounts on Twitter have the most followers? You’d be surprised by the mix of accounts on this list. From celebrities, athletes, past presidents, publications, and apps, we have scoured the internet to find accounts on Twitter with most followers.
But first, some housekeeping:
What is Twitter?
Twitter is a social media app created by Jack Dorsey. In its current form, it’s used by people from all sorts of backgrounds to engage with their community. A part-social network, part-microblogging platform, Twitter makes it easy for users to share their thoughts in 240-character pieces called “tweets”.
As of press time, Twitter serves more than 191 million users. Twitter accounts with most followers include celebrities, politicians, and news outlets among others.
What makes Twitter so popular?
Twitter has been around. It’s an OG social network like Facebook, which is why key figures are still on it. But that’s not all.
The way Twitter works is emboldened by brevity. It’s of-the-moment, internalized, and often less filtered than, say, an Instagram post. There’s a running joke that Twitter is reality where Instagram or Facebook are the expectations.
In addition, lots of cultural moments happen on Twitter. Remember Ellen’s Oscars selfie? Or the creation of the monster that is Drake’s Hotline Bling? Lots of memes become memes because of Twitter, even if they come from different social networks and forums like TikTok or Reddit.
What’s next for Twitter?
The most-followed Twitter accounts are in for a good host of new features in the foreseeable future. For one, Twitter is teasing support for creators in the way of donations and subscriptions. This allows creators, influencers, and the like to monetize their platform on Twitter, in the same way that it’s possible on Twitch and Patreon.
There’s also a hot new feature called Spaces, which is basically a group call with your followers. You host a Space, set a topic, and anyone can participate as a Speaker or as a Listener. It’s the app’s reply to Clubhouse.
The top 50 accounts on Twitter with the most followers (updated 2021):
The Twitter with most followers as of press time is Barack Obama at 129.5M followers, with Louis Tomlinson taking the 50th spot at 35.7M followers. Here’s the full list of the top 50 most-followed Twitter accounts: