A sports reporter has tweeted his way to the top of New York's most influential people on Twitter, edging out Donald Trump.
ESPN's NFL reporter Adam Schefter, with 2.7 million followers, is hardly more popular than the high-profile New Yorkers Donald Trump, Michale Bloomberg or the new Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon (who has 11.7 million followers).
But in data compiled by social media company PeerIndex, Schefter crushes the competition based on who retweets him, engages with him and how influential those people are.
Filling out the top five most influential New York tweeters are
- @realDonaldTrump, 2.5 million followers
- @jimmyfallon, 11.7 million
- @piersmorgan, 4 million
- @carmeloanthony, 4.5 million
Former Mayor Bloomberg came in at No. 7, Rapper Nas was No. 8, Bill Clinton No. 24, Joan Rivers No. 36, and current Mayor deBlasio scored 47 out of a total of 50.
The data was compiled over 30 days in 2014, ending February 24; New York magazine noted that since that included the Super Bowl, Schefter's top-spot dominance might be short.
"We don't care if you get 50,000 people from Montreal engaging with you," founder Azeem Azhar told the magazine.
"What's fascinating about New York is that it brought out four things: a lot of media, entertainment, politics, and sports. New York has a bunch of really strong industries and a sense of stronger localization."
Among non-human accounts, New York magazine reported, The New York Times ranked first, followed by The Wall Street Journal, BuzzFeed, MTV, Foursquare, the Yankees, the Knicks, CNN, Forbes and the New York Post.
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