Top 50 Twitter Accounts With Most Followers

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In July 2006, Twitter entered the world and, in many ways, the world would never be the same again. Its creators—Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams—didn't have a clear plan for what they were creating. The hope was for something fusing the brevity of the SMS and the open-platform architecture of the internet. Even to this day, Twitter remains oddly difficult to define.

In 2009, CEO Dorsey explained the story behind the name. "We came across the word 'twitter,'" he told the Los Angeles Times, "and it was just perfect. The definition was 'a short burst of inconsequential information' and 'chirps from birds'. And that's exactly what the product was."

A later investigation by Business Insider discovered that the history of the company's name was actually more acrimonious: Noah Glass, until then an unknown co-founder, had actually come up with the name, only to find himself unexpectedly fired and written out of Twitter's history.

But however it was conceived, there is no doubting the name's pertinence. Over a decade on, and those short bursts of inconsequential information, chirps from birds, are more abundant than ever before. At the end of 2017, the site counted around 330 million monthly active users, according to Statista.

The short bursts aren't as short as they used to be. Last year, Twitter took the controversial step to double the character limit on tweets to 280. Tweets are not always inconsequential now: with President Donald Trump seemingly using the site as part of his foreign policy strategy, and with Twitter proving more and more popular with politicians generally, some tweets carry with them serious consequences. Recently, Trump used Twitter to let Russia—and the world—know that the U.S. was planning to send missiles to Syria. This may be a far cry from the innocuous intentions of its founders, but it is also, somehow, in line with what they had always intended.

Here we compile a list of the biggest movers and shakers on Twitter today—those who have more followers than anyone else. Data compiled by friendorfollow.com.

50 Real Madrid
50. Real Madrid F.C. (@realmadrid). Followers: 30,105,456. Following: 53. Tweets: 61,492Getty Images
49 Kaka
49. Kaka (@KAKA). Followers: 30,105,456. Following: 53. Tweets: 61,492.Getty Images
48 Aicia Keys
48. Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys). Followers: 30,208,260. Following: 355. Tweets: 4,936.Getty Images
47 One Direction
47. One Direction (@onedirection). Followers: 30,902,846. Following: 694. Tweets: 7,517.Getty Images
46 Harry Styles
46. Harry Styles (@Harry_Styles). Followers: 31,760,235. Following: 3,879. Tweets: 9,895.Getty Images
45 Salman Khan
45. Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan). Followers: 32,140,899. Following: 2,036. Tweets: 5,427.Getty Images
44 Liam Payne
44. Liam Payne (@LiamPayne). Followers: 32,700,149. Following: 22. Tweets: 42,331.Getty Images
43 Pink
43. P!nk (@Pink). Followers: 32,784,174. Following: 16,494. Tweets: 10,231.Getty Images