Of top-10 print papers, which one leads on Twitter? Kinda surprising…

As a follow-up to my Dec. 16 “USA Today gets (sheepishly) body slammed by WSJ,” I decided to see where each of these top-10 papers ranked as far as Twitter followers. What I found was surprising…some big dogs are only big dogs in one area! Below are two lists: the print-circulation top 10 (provided by Burrelles, thank you!), and of those ten, the Twitter follower rankings*.

(*I based this on each paper’s official main news Twitter account: for some, this was the only Twitter account; for most, the news account was one of several official Twitter accounts. Followers for each paper are current as of Jan. 8, 2010 at 8:57 a.m.)

Top 10 (Print | Twitter):

1. Wall Street Journal: 2,024,269 | The New York Times: 2,260,850
2. USA Today: 1,900,116 | The Wall Street Journal: 117,737
3. The New York Times: 927, 851 | Los Angeles Times: 48,977
4. Los Angeles Times: 657,467 | The Washington Post: 43,153
5. The Washington Post: 582,844 | USA Today: 38,863
6. Daily News (New York): 544,167 | Chicago Tribune: 23,491
7: New York Post: 508,042 | New York Post: 22,892
8. Chicago Tribune: 465,892 | Houston Chronicle: 7,543
9. Houston Chronicle: 384,419 | The Philadelphia Inquirer: 3,899
10. The Philadelphia Inquirer: 361,480 | Daily News (New York): 648

What makes this super interesting (and exciting!) is a recent Vanity Fair spread, “America’s Tweethearts,” in which six women were spotlighted for their large and in-charge presences on Twitter: social strategist Julia Roy (31,000 followers), publicist Sarah Evans (33,000 followers), travel journalist Stefanie Michaels (1.4 million followers), actress Felicia Day (1.6 million followers), lifecaster Sarah Austin (24,000 followers), and marketer Amy Jo Martin (1.2 million followers).

Three of these women have more Twitter followers than any of the top-10 papers except the NYT; and all of them are giving each paper a run for their money…at least on Twitter.

A-mazing! Congrats ladies. You’re paving the way for the rest of us!

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3 thoughts on “Of top-10 print papers, which one leads on Twitter? Kinda surprising…

  1. John Henry Malik says:

    Thanks for the compilation. I think it shows the increasing democratization of our society, moving from the republican form of government to a more democratic one. We are no more dependent on wise men for opinions, anyone can voice their opinions, and the free market takes care of assigning weight to their opinions. Power is devolving to the people. Whether this is good or bad depends: remember that the average IQ is 100.

  2. abbymalikpr says:

    Interesting, because as you know, most people have no idea we’re a republic to begin with.

    I personally think this is good as long as we have both options available, the “wise men” and “the people.” And we’re able to choose among the two and whatever falls in between. I do think that most of “the people” who are voicing their opinions are educated and experienced…those are the types of people who care about being heard and understand the importance of contributing to the free market.

  3. […] the January 2010 article in Vanity Fair titled America’s Tweethearts. (I mentioned it in a Jan. 8, 2010 blog entry.) Six women dominating social media (Twitter, specifically) is the focus of the […]

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