First-ever Twitter Impact List with engagement-based ranking

By Viral Jani
Thursday, 10 March 2016

Over the last decade, key moments in news, entertainment, sports, and culture have unfolded on Twitter before they break on any other platform. Tweets travel fast, and the virality of these Tweets is experienced across mediums.

Celebrities and personalities use Twitter to directly communicate with fans across the world, and their impact can be measured by the sum of likes, replies, and Retweets of their Tweets. The higher the engagement, the higher the impact.

Here is a Tweet from actor Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) that showcases how good content and engagement is key to popularity. This Tweet has garnered more than 3,000 Retweets and is one of his most popular Tweets. 

To illustrate this idea, we’ve partnered with India’s largest English daily, The Times of India, to publish a series of lists that rank well-known politicians, Bollywood actors, TV actors, musicians, sport stars, and media brands — based on their engagement scores, not the number of their followers. This index indicates the impact these personalities have in making content “go viral” across the web and rest of the media.

This collaboration created ranking-based engagement lists for:

  • Bollywood (Male & Female actors, Directors)
  • TV Personalities (Male & Female)
  • Music Artists
  • Politicians
  • Sports (Cricket & other sports)
  • Media brands (News & Entertainment)

Here’s who came out on top of the #TimesTwitterImpactList, the most engaging personalities on Twitter:

Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) and Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) lead the Times Twitter Impact List for Bollywood Male and Female Actors.

First-ever Twitter Impact List with engagement-based ranking

First-ever Twitter Impact List with engagement-based ranking

Karan Johar (@karanjohar) leads among Bollywood directors, while Vishal Dadlani (@VishalDadlani) leads the list for Music Artists.

First-ever Twitter Impact List with engagement-based ranking

First-ever Twitter Impact List with engagement-based ranking

Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) leads among Indian politicians.

First-ever Twitter Impact List with engagement-based ranking

Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) leads among cricketers, while Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) leads among other sports.

First-ever Twitter Impact List with engagement-based ranking

First-ever Twitter Impact List with engagement-based ranking

Anand Mahindra (@AnandMahindra) takes the lead on the list of Business Leaders.

First-ever Twitter Impact List with engagement-based ranking

Kapil Sharma (@KapilSharmaK9) and Gauhar Khan (@Gauahar_Khan) lead the TV Male and Female actors, respectively.

First-ever Twitter Impact List with engagement-based ranking

First-ever Twitter Impact List with engagement-based ranking

Times Now (@TimesNow) is the top News brand, while Zoom TV (@ZoomTV) emerged as the top TV channel in the Bollywood/Youth/Music category.

First-ever Twitter Impact List with engagement-based ranking

First-ever Twitter Impact List with engagement-based ranking

Check out this collection of Tweets by @bombaytimes, @timesofindia, and others who made it to the #TimesTwitterImpactList.