Economist David McWilliams has taken the title of Ireland’s Most Influential Twitter User, thanks to a ranking published by PR firm Wilson Hartnell.
The rankings were developed from a detailed network analysis of “interconnections, intersections and influence,” as Wilson Hartnell analysed the top 250 political influencers on Twitter. McWilliams, with his 113,000 followers and 167 ‘power followers’ was deemed to have both a broad public reach and influence on other influencers.
The highest ranked politician on the list was Gerry Adams who took 4th with 64,000 followers. Adams isn’t your typical politician on Twitter with stories of having walked into a glass pane or climbing through his own window, so we’re sure that helped his standing. Meanwhile, Taoiseach Enda Kenny ranked 14th, though his account has not been active since 2011, and Fianna Fail’s Micheál Martin was 48th on the list.
Wilson Hartnell plans to make this ranking a regular event. Managing Director, Brian Bell, said: “We believe the launch of our first #Power100, gives a fascinating insight into who are the key social media influencers of today’s political and policy environment in Ireland.” He then added, “We intend to make this a calendar event and look forward to providing an updated analysis on the changes to rankings in early 2015.”
One thing to bear in mind with these rankings is that it only looks at Twitter accounts that deal solely with politics and policy, rather than more "broad-based" accounts.