Media Watch: Top Newspapers, Ranked by Twitter Followers

by Anne Thompson
October 21, 2010 5:54 AM
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The top 25 U.S. newspapers - according to the number of Twitter followers, as recorded by Journalistics a bit over a week ago - is below. Sitting very comfortably in first place is The New York Times with 2.6 million - and they are the only news source on the list that has more followers than print circulation. The Wall Street Journal is number two with 464,591 followers, and The Washington Post comes in at third with 204,514. The Chicago Tribune, however, if you count both of its Twitter accounts, including @ColonelTribune, totals a second-place 879,490.

1. @nytimes – 2,668,948
2. @wsj – 464,591
3. @washingtonpost – 204,514
4. @latimes – 83,335
5. @usatoday – 72,929
6. @newyorkpost – 57,605
7. @clevelanddotcom – 38,863
8. @chicagotribune - 34,490 *
9. @denverpost – 32,755
10. @dallas_news – 24,726
11. @seattletimes – 22,286
12. @suntimes – 18,952
13. @freep – 18,851
14. @nydailynew – 15,744
15. @houstonchron – 14,108
16. @azcentral – 10,407
17. @oregonian – 10,338
18. @phillyinquirer – 9,819
19. @SFGate – 9,508
20. @MN_News – 7,008
21. @NJ_News – 6,181
22. @SDUT – 5,886
23. @tampabaycom – 3,168
24. @insidebayarea – 2,810
25. @cctimes – 2,705
26. @mercurynews – 2,536
27. @newsday – 2,302
* UPDATE: it has been brought to my attention that The Chicago Tribune also has @ColonelTribune, a Twitter account that boasts a following of more than 845,000 Twitter followers. It appears this is their primary account, which would put them in the #2 spot on this list.

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3 Comments

  • sheila | December 28, 2010 11:47 AMReply

    Many metro newspapers have several twitter accounts. The Boston Globe is listed under @BostonUpdate that boasts 22,850 twitter followers.

  • Old Fart | October 21, 2010 6:36 AMReply

    I've been a subscriber to The New York Times for a couple of decades. What's causing all these twitters people are hearing? I can't hear a peep out my copy.

  • Senh | October 21, 2010 6:21 AMReply

    Wow, such a huge difference between NY Times and everyone else.

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