6. Conan O’Brien
Comedian, writer, and late night talk show host Conan O’Brien has amassed an army of followers who have branded themselves as members of Team Coco, following his controversial exit in 2010 as host of The Tonight Show. After his last day on the popular late night talk show, the funny man took to Twitter, whose profile comically read “I had a show. Then I had a different show. Now I have a Twitter account.” This self-humility proved useful for the charismatic comic who went on to do a sold out 30-city tour, star in his own documentary called Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, and finally host a late night talk show, yet again, simply called Conan.
7. Ryan Seacrest
Radio and television host Ryan Seacrest has his finger on the pulse of pop culture, which is surely appreciated by more than 6 million Twitter followers. Seacrest began his hosting career at the age of 16 as an intern at WSTR FM in Atlanta, Georgia and continued to pursue his dream, following in the footsteps of Dick Clark. He soared to fame 12 years later as the co-host of American Idol. Seacrest continues to host the hit reality TV series and his own national radio show, On Air with Ryan Seacrest. Today, he is also an accomplished producer of reality television.
8. Rachel Maddow
Author and television host Rachel Maddow is best known for her nightly political news show on MSNBC, aptly titled The Rachel Maddow Show. She is self-admittedly a liberal and respected by her colleagues for her educated political commentary that is devoid of feverish banter. With over 2 million followers, Maddow consistently tweets her opinions on political news across the globe, focusing on national stories. The political pundit regularly shares articles related to politics and social issues and isn’t afraid of being vocal with her own two cents.
9. Roger Ebert
Renowned film critic Roger Ebert is a frequent Twitter user with over 26,000 tweets and counting. The film aficionado began his career as a critic in 1967, writing for the Chicago Sun-Times. It is over 40 years later and Ebert continues to write reviews for the latest films, critiquing their plots and entertainment value. His sharp observations and endless perspectives keep readers interested specifically in his opinions, relying on his approval or objection to a film’s worthiness of attention. In addition to tweeting his own blog posts and other articles related to his passion for film, Ebert often tackles the subject of politics, sharing articles by political experts and lending his sarcastic responses.
10. Russell Brand
British actor and comedian Russell Brand was first introduced to American audiences in 2008 in the film Forgetting Sarah Marshall. From then on, he proceeded to regale global audiences with his quick wit, crafty wordplay, and interesting wardrobe choices. The eccentric, outspoken comic currently has over 4.6 million Twitter followers who revel in his humor. In recent news, Brand has used his wordy humor in Parliament where he had taken a serious stand in the political issue of British drug policy.
Which influential people do you follow on Twitter?
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Pinar Noorata is a contributing writer at My Modern Metropolis, a place where trendspotters and art enthusiasts come to connect over creative ideas. After graduating from Hunter College with a Bachelor’s degree in Film, Pinar worked in several creative fields ranging from film to publishing. Her immense appreciation for art and culture eventually led her to join the My Modern Met team in 2011. With over 3.2 million page views per month, My Modern Met is one of the leading art and culture destinations on the web.