With More Than 4 Million Followers, Anderson Cooper Is 2013′s Most Popular Journalist On Twitter

According to Muck Rack, an online networking platform for journalist and bloggers, Anderson Cooper was the most followed journalist on Twitter this year.

The host of CNN’s AC360 saw a 34 percent increase in Twitter followers during 2013, bringing him to more than 4.6 million followers on the social media site.

Muck Rack’s Top Ten Most Followed Journalist on Twitter:

  1. Anderson Cooper
  2. Piers Morgan
  3. Rachel Maddow
  4. Adam Schefter
  5. Larry King
  6. Bill Simmons
  7. Chris Hardwick
  8. Erin Andrews
  9. George Stephanopoulos
  10. Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Muck Rack also calculated each of the top ten most followed journalist’s increase in Twitter followers for the year:

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At 502, Muck Rack claims the New York Times ranked No. 1 for media outlets with the highest number of “most tweeting” journalists. Reuters, which ranked second with 496 journalists on Twitter, more than doubled its number of journalists who tweet since 2012.

Media Outlets with the Most Tweeting Journalists:

  1. New York Times: 502
  2. Reuters: 496
  3. Associated Press: 482
  4. Wall Street Journal: 418
  5. Bloomberg News: 392
  6. LA Times: 339
  7. Guardian: 293
  8. BBC: 256
  9. CNN: 244
  10. Financial Times: 184

By adding up the total number of followers of all the journalists at each media outlet, Muck Rack ranked media outlets with the most collective followers. CNN took the No. 1 spot with more than 18 million total followers, followed by ESPN with 10.9 million followers which moved up from 6th place in 2012.

Media Outlets with the Most Collective Followers:

  1. CNN: 18,219,432
  2. ESPN: 10,920,743
  3. New York Times: 20,359,464
  4. ABC News: 8,126,836
  5. NBC News: 6,275,320
  6. MSNBC: 5,585,028
  7. Guardian: 5,583,053
  8. Fox News: 4,977,543
  9. BBC: 3,771,413
  10. Yahoo News: 3,600,181

Muck Rack ranked the top ten most followed journalists to join Twitter in 2013 as well, with CNBC’s Melissa Lee at No. 1 after gaining 19,104 followers since joining Twitter in May of this year.

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Related Topics: Channel: Social Media Marketing | Public Relations | Statistics: Social Media | Twitter: Accounts & Profiles | Twitter: Statistics


About The Author: is Third Door Media's General Assignment Correspondent, and reports on the latest news and updates for Marketing Land and Search Engine Land. From 2009 to 2012, she was an award-winning syndicated columnist for a number of daily newspapers from New York to Texas. With more than ten years of marketing management experience, she has contributed to a variety of traditional and online publications, including MarketingProfs.com, SoftwareCEO.com, and Sales and Marketing Management Magazine. Read more of Amy's articles.

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