Twitter logoDaniel Romero, a Ph.D graduate from Cornell University, measured the influence of all the news media accounts on Twitter, using what he calls the Influence-Passivity Algorithm and came up with a list of the Top 100 influential news media accounts on Twitter. His research data included all tweets containing a URL from June 15th through July 22nd of 2009.

Romero found out that “having a large number of followers does not imply having influence in news social media. Furthermore, not having a large number of followers does not mean lack of influence.” … “to be influential on Twitter news media networks have to keep their audience engaged through valuable tweets and not simply convince people to “follow them on Twitter.”

The list comes after the jump!

Number @name Name Followers Influence Rank
1 @mashable Pete Cashmore 2037840 59
2 @cnnbrk CNN Breaking News 3224475 71
3 @big_picture The Big Picture 23666 92
4 @theonion The Onion 2289939 116
5 @time TIME.com 2111832 143
6 @breakingnews Breaking News 1795976 147
7 @bbcbreaking BBC Breaking News 509756 168
8 @espn ESPN 572577 187
9 @harvardbiz Harvard Business Rev 219039 227
10 @gizmodo Gizmodo 111025 237
11 @techcrunch TechCrunch 1402254 319
12 @wired Wired 547187 322
13 @wsj Wall Street Journal 366133 358
14 @smashingmag Smashing Magazine 224333 360
15 @pitchforkmedia Pitchfork 1494896 384
16 @rollingstone Rolling Stone 133999 436
17 @whitehouse The White House 1794544 448
18 @cnn CNN 1196719 473
19 @tweetmeme TweetMeme 52386 515
20 @peoplemag People magazine 2099081 565
21 @natgeosociety National Geographic 274851 603
22 @nytimes The New York Times 2502914 705
23 @lifehacker Lifehacker 62302 708
24 @foxnews Fox News 260081 710
25 @waitwait waitwait 32895 824
26 @newsweek Newsweek 1250884 844
27 @huffingtonpost Huffington Post 632555 849
28 @newscientist New Scientist 144355 852
29 @mental_floss Mental Floss 68975 874
30 @theeconomist The Economist 311109 902
31 @emarketer eMarketer 30235 906
32 @engadget Engadget 135418 999
33 @cracked Cracked.com 110611 1037
34 @slate Slate 71091 1040
35 @bbcclick BBC Click 1749470 1041
36 @fastcompany Fast Company 148292 1056
37 @reuters Reuters Top News 194429 1119
38 @incmagazine Inc. Magazine 109256 1143
39 @eonline E! Online 2271026 1227
40 @rww Richard MacManus 1037907 1232
41 @gdgt gdgt 20556 1315
42 @instyle InStyle 1716786 1330
43 @mckquarterly McKinsey Quarterly 90981 1354
44 @enews E! News 279737 1540
45 @nprnews NPR News 270561 1572
46 @usatoday USA TODAY Top News 62790 1628
47 @mtv MTV 648014 1714
48 @freakonomics freakonomics 124751 1784
49 @boingboing Boing Boing 48649 1811
50 @billboarddotcom Billboard.com 63766 1818
51 @empiremagazine Empire Magazine 33335 1905
52 @todayshow The Today Show 620413 1927
53 @good GOOD 414956 2003
54 @gawker Gawker 37980 2027
55 @msnbc_breaking msnbc Breaking News 59375 2088
56 @cbsnews CBS News 1575638 2090
57 @guardiantech Guardian Tech 1592067 2139
58 @usweekly Us Weekly 228728 2233
59 @life LIFE.com 1270303 2277
60 @sciam Scientific American 88336 2373
61 @pastemagazine Paste Magazine 64642 2379
62 @drudge_report Drudge Report 100558 2468
63 @parisreview The Paris Review 22127 2599
64 @latimes Los Angeles Times 71287 2625
65 @telegraphnews Daily Telegraph News 17325 2629
66 @abc7 ABC7 Eyewitness News 36343 2638
67 @arstechnica Ars Technica 82051 2692
68 @cnnmoney CNNMoney.com 219552 2777
69 @nprpolitics NPR Politics 1801871 2882
70 @nytimesphoto New York Times Photo 79443 2927
71 @nybooks NY Review of Books 89827 2966
72 @nielsenwire Nielsen Wire 13840 2994
73 @io9 io9 12152 3023
74 @sciencechannel Science Channel 82514 3064
75 @usabreakingnews USA Breaking News 13987 3120
76 @vanityfairmag VANITY FAIR 76282 3182
77 @cw_network CW Network 70031 3183
78 @bbcworld BBC World News 262857 3202
79 @abc ABCNews.com 1119958 3411
80 @themoment The Moment 1580569 3413
81 @socialmedia2day Social Media Today 34516 3510
82 @slashdot Slashdot 29011 3527
83 @washingtonpost The Washington Post 149617 3636
84 @tpmmedia Talking Points Memo 15438 3678
85 @msnbc msnbc.com 41155 3696
86 @wnycradiolab Radiolab 9591 3776
87 @cnnlive CNN Live 39260 3793
88 @davos World Economic Forum 1508772 3891
89 @planetmoney NPR’s Planet Money 81309 3965
90 @cnetnews CNET News.com 75730 3981
91 @politico POLITICO 83729 4048
92 @tvnewser TVNewser 12301 4427
93 @guardiannews The Guardian 75198 4665
94 @yahoonews Yahoo! News 37154 4668
95 @seedmag Seed Magazine 9898 4696
96 @tvguide TV Guide 586240 4757
97 @travlandleisure Travel + Leisure 84029 4767
98 @newyorkpost New York Post 43334 4790
99 @discovermag DISCOVER Magazine 71913 4816
100 @sciencenewsorg Science News 75665 4888
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