The World’s 15 Most-Tweeted News Sources

One source easily leads the pack.

Amidst all the talk of “influence” and “audience” and the value of each comes an interesting data set from News Whip, a tech company which “tracks and predicts the spread of stories on social networks.”

The organization analyzed all tweets sent around the world in February and their sources to compile a list of the most frequently tweeted news organizations. Here they are:

  1. BBC
  2. The New York Times
  3. Mashable
  4. The Guardian
  5. CNN
  6. The Huffington Post
  7. ABC News
  8. BuzzFeed
  9. Bleacher Report
  10. Fox News
  11. Forbes
  12. The Telegraph
  13. NBC
  14. The Independent
  15. Yahoo

No HUGE surprises, but there are some key takeaways. Check out the graph for the biggest shocker:


The BBC dominates Twitter — it’s not even close. Also:

  • Mashable is by far the most influential digital-only news source on Twitter; it’s quickly closing in on the New York Times.
  • USA Today also climbed the list to #18.
  • Thanks to “The Dress,” BuzzFeed joined the top 10 for the first time.
  • Amazingly, the llamas did NOT make the top stories list.
  • All of the BBC’s top stories concerned big names in sports, and a significant majority of these most-tweeted stories across publications dealt with breaking news and major events like, say, the passing of Leonard Nimoy.

The key question: how often do RTs equal readers, and how often is sharing simply a reflexive action? (We’ve all shared things we didn’t actually read…)

At any rate, this is interesting data on media influencers.

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