Comparing people by their number of Twitter followers is of course nothing more than a popularity contest. It may be a very simple vanity metric, however it is useful. In general, high-profile people and those that are “good” at Twitter will have more followers than the rest.
At the moment there is no quick and easy way to create a ranking of Twitter users based on their followers. Seeing as we are in the leaderboard space, we decided to create some Twitter leaderboards as an experiment.
Here are the 5 leaderboards:
- World leaders ranked by Twitter followers
- Thought leaders ranked by Twitter followers
- The venture capital “A-list” ranked by Twitter followers
- NBA teams ranked by Twitter followers
- German members of parliament ranked by Twitter followers
Why are we calling it an experiment? Because at the moment there is no user-interface for creating your own Twitter leaderboards. Instead, we are doing this to answer 2 questions:
- Will these leaderboards have an SEO impact? In other words: will people search for and find them on Google.
- Will people ask for a user-interface to create their own leaderboards? Theory states that if people want something, they will ask for it.
Twitter lists to leaderboards
All of these leaderboards use a feature of Twitter called “lists” as their data source. This is quite a useful feature, but seems a little under regarded in the world of Twitter. The advantage of using a Twitter list is that you can update the members on Twitter, without having to update any code elsewhere.
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