In Honor of Twitter’s 10th Birthday, Here’s an Analysis of the 10 Most-Followed Celebrities

Happy birthday, Twitter! Can you believe it’s already been 10 years since we started sending our every passing thought (the ones we can fit into 140 characters, anyway) into the e-world for all to read?

In honor of Twitter’s 10th birthday, I decided to take a look at the 10 most-followed celebrities and analyze their accounts to find out what makes them so followable. (Note: I didn’t include the @YouTube and @Twitter accounts — yawn — which are the fifth and ninth most-followed accounts overall, respectively.) Please RT to begin the list, or just fav and keep reading.

1) Katy Perry

Followers: 84,748,425

Feed Description: Generic platitudes, promotions, “relatable” nonsenseannoying links to Instagram photos, memey “like me I’m cool like you I swear” tweets, emoji explosions.

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2) Justin Bieber

Followers: 77,447,137

Feed Description: Hashtags, retweets, short-to-the-point-of-meaninglessness tweets that still manage to get 70K retweets, too many “thank you” notes.

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3) Taylor Swift

Followers: 73,211,635

Feed Description: Vacation photos, #relatable #content, overexcitement, retweets, 1989 promotion (still?), animals, more animals.

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4) Barack Obama

Followers: 71,339,079

Feed Description: Carefully-worded political statements, links to the White House website, quotes pulled from speeches and statements made by POTUS himself.

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5) Rihanna

Followers: 57,440,284

Feed Description: Photos, ANTI promotion, ANTI World Tour promotion, Puma promotion, tweets about ANTI returning to the No. 1 spot on the Album 200 and yet no tweets about how it did so with only 17,000 in pure sales.

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6) Lady Gaga

Followers: 57,266,716

Feed Description: Retweets, photos, messages of support for Kesha, ~*~inspirational quotes~*~, impassioned proclamations, typos.

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7) Ellen Degeneres

Followers: 55,884,716

Feed Description: Jokes, photos, show clips, pictures of animals, tweets to celebrities, banality.

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8) Justin Timblerlake

Followers: 52,862,295

Feed Description: Tweets about Sauza 901, links to Instagram photos, gentle fan interaction, golf, the feeling that either Timberlake is the most boring man alive or someone is paid to run his account and keep it as uncontroversial as possible.

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9) Britney Spears

Followers: 44,501,826

Feed Description: Photos, Piece of Me promotionpeak mom.

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10) Kim Kardashian

Followers: 42,044,195

Feed Description: Promotion, promotion, more promotion, selfies, links to her app (promotion), selfies, promotion, more selfies, “LOL,”, insincere “engagement” tweets, out-of-character klapbacks, nude selfies, and promotion.

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How far we’ve all come in just 10 years…