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The top 100 most influential Australians talking politics on Twitter

Top Aussie political tweeps

Just read this article about some smart blokes over at Northwestern University who’ve developed what I immediately recognized as a pretty smart algorithm for ranking tweeps by influence against a given “trending topic”.

So I picked an area where I could have a vague clue if the algorithm worked well or not, and was pleasantly surprised to see that on the matter of Australian politics, I think it’s got it pretty accurate!

Here then, for your perusal and enjoyment, are two top-100 lists of Aussie political tweeps, ranked against two of the most indicative hashtags I could think of: #ausvotes and #qanda. If you don’t know about hashtags or don’t recognize those two, the first was used during the recent federal election and the latter is used on Monday nights during ABC’s Q and A TV programme.

Anyway, have a look through the list, and please feel free to share your obvious and/or not-so-obvious observations in the comments…

#qanda

#ausvotes

1 latikambourke 243 Friends, 8768 Followers
2 firstdogonmoon 5659 Friends, 7819 Followers
3 NickHodge 4149 Friends, 4613 Followers
4 peterjblack 4697 Friends, 4756 Followers
5 clembastow 587 Friends, 3324 Followers
6 earleyedition 3526 Friends, 4033 Followers
7 MelindaButtle 514 Friends, 3130 Followers
8 SourceBottle 7434 Friends, 8341 Followers
9 kcarruthers 9011 Friends, 9042 Followers
10 mediahunter 6599 Friends, 7130 Followers
11 TimCampbellTwit 66 Friends, 4272 Followers
12 AustralianLabor 4217 Friends, 5027 Followers
13 trib 1862 Friends, 5426 Followers
14 abcqanda 49 Friends, 4150 Followers
15 AnthonyCallea 78 Friends, 6636 Followers
16 CatherineDeveny 40 Friends, 6387 Followers
17 oliyoung 966 Friends, 1839 Followers
18 downesy 2073 Friends, 2190 Followers
19 nicolejensen 1355 Friends, 2995 Followers
20 JustinianNews 481 Friends, 937 Followers
21 andrewbolt 1939 Friends, 3879 Followers
22 newsbee 741 Friends, 1806 Followers
23 lexiphanic 2054 Friends, 2090 Followers
24 deangroom 790 Friends, 2318 Followers
25 jdub 638 Friends, 1844 Followers
26 lyndons 987 Friends, 1785 Followers
27 Lyons_Ben 234 Friends, 123 Followers
28 mikestuchbery 2456 Friends, 2238 Followers
29 MarissaTree 2974 Friends, 3223 Followers
30 LeslieCannold 61 Friends, 105 Followers
31 marco_cali 1176 Friends, 1547 Followers
32 EmRusciano 36 Friends, 325 Followers
33 sleemol 1474 Friends, 1781 Followers
34 KateLundy 692 Friends, 2537 Followers
35 drueyjay 280 Friends, 277 Followers
36 crushtor 1233 Friends, 1738 Followers
37 marcfennell 974 Friends, 4347 Followers
38 iggypintado 16876 Friends, 16643 Followers
39 CurtinUni 1976 Friends, 1987 Followers
40 saline 1322 Friends, 1300 Followers
41 lukediv 41 Friends, 3523 Followers
42 ScottMorrisonMP 198 Friends, 2270 Followers
43 Tony_Burke 553 Friends, 3337 Followers
44 coljac 170 Friends, 428 Followers
45 MaralynParker 387 Friends, 689 Followers
46 Penny_Wong 2091 Friends, 2405 Followers
47 rhysam 435 Friends, 1354 Followers
48 LesleyDewar 9129 Friends, 12400 Followers
49 marksmithers 1825 Friends, 2215 Followers
50 jamesmassola 427 Friends, 1281 Followers
51 erinnswan 284 Friends, 1165 Followers
52 markrogers915 147 Friends, 80 Followers
53 drewberryblue 28 Friends, 371 Followers
54 McDugong 207 Friends, 164 Followers
55 David_Stephens 97 Friends, 40 Followers
56 skepticscience 81 Friends, 1319 Followers
57 howespaul 273 Friends, 2758 Followers
58 cruxcatalyst 129 Friends, 224 Followers
59 Horley85 19 Friends, 10 Followers
60 ventrino 98 Friends, 282 Followers
61 newtown2042 258 Friends, 237 Followers
62 Paulie68 295 Friends, 102 Followers
63 _treehouse 137 Friends, 168 Followers
64 KristenObaid 2087 Friends, 2353 Followers
65 CameronBurge 184 Friends, 125 Followers
66 PDidzzy 218 Friends, 160 Followers
67 saltmarsh 57 Friends, 129 Followers
68 leifhanlen 127 Friends, 107 Followers
69 julie_posetti 1881 Friends, 4223 Followers
70 Vignoramus 81 Friends, 391 Followers
71 teopellizzeri 682 Friends, 201 Followers
72 caedwa 171 Friends, 50 Followers
73 davidjcampbell 259 Friends, 236 Followers
74 LetUsRejoice 320 Friends, 81 Followers
75 theducks 131 Friends, 159 Followers
76 sadieandlance 128 Friends, 74 Followers
77 msngcaba 48 Friends, 37 Followers
78 marcbennie 479 Friends, 64 Followers
79 secretwombat 56 Friends, 15 Followers
80 QUTIEFACE 97 Friends, 93 Followers
81 Whitefoxne 14 Friends, 12 Followers
82 jeremyomeara 320 Friends, 252 Followers
83 Catcasco 103 Friends, 75 Followers
84 emailtimwilson 319 Friends, 263 Followers
85 tobiasziegler 685 Friends, 1430 Followers
86 sueGCB 87 Friends, 321 Followers
87 kateausburn 1997 Friends, 1555 Followers
88 dingram 35 Friends, 79 Followers
89 Ahhlyssan 51 Friends, 30 Followers
90 phildev 80 Friends, 199 Followers
91 neil_twit 236 Friends, 100 Followers
92 ABCEnvironment 198 Friends, 1895 Followers
93 juliepink 398 Friends, 179 Followers
94 ozesteph1992 148 Friends, 108 Followers
95 katetron 233 Friends, 98 Followers
96 aburt 502 Friends, 73 Followers
97 GC51 62 Friends, 18 Followers
98 shonias 39 Friends, 46 Followers
99 Kimbo_Ramplin 122 Friends, 55 Followers
100 TahniF 94 Friends, 47 Followers
1 firstdogonmoon 5659 Friends, 7819 Followers
2 latikambourke 243 Friends, 8768 Followers
3 stilgherrian 1748 Friends, 4970 Followers
4 NewtonMark 477 Friends, 2109 Followers
5 lehmo23 520 Friends, 4783 Followers
6 peterjblack 4697 Friends, 4756 Followers
7 kcarruthers 9011 Friends, 9042 Followers
8 trib 1862 Friends, 5426 Followers
9 earleyedition 3526 Friends, 4033 Followers
10 mediahunter 6599 Friends, 7130 Followers
11 downesy 2073 Friends, 2190 Followers
12 drwarwick 9466 Friends, 10229 Followers
13 nicolejensen 1355 Friends, 2995 Followers
14 1petermartin 104 Friends, 1347 Followers
15 AustralianLabor 4217 Friends, 5027 Followers
16 miafreedman 414 Friends, 20218 Followers
17 jjprojects 14245 Friends, 14487 Followers
18 TRON_Lord 1900 Friends, 1488 Followers
19 franksting 1679 Friends, 2470 Followers
20 Skigod 1686 Friends, 1247 Followers
21 jdub 638 Friends, 1844 Followers
22 Glebe2037 1154 Friends, 2817 Followers
23 jimboot 7342 Friends, 6744 Followers
24 Simon_Cullen 158 Friends, 1483 Followers
25 mikestuchbery 2456 Friends, 2238 Followers
26 lachlanhardy 614 Friends, 1184 Followers
27 neerav 253 Friends, 2784 Followers
28 ireckon 812 Friends, 1892 Followers
29 bigyahu 1857 Friends, 2116 Followers
30 benjmay 262 Friends, 375 Followers
31 efa_oz 1785 Friends, 2430 Followers
32 maxymedia 1774 Friends, 1655 Followers
33 DavidBradburyMP 1 Friends, 245 Followers
34 cvbee 2000 Friends, 771 Followers
35 lindyasimus 3810 Friends, 4831 Followers
36 OmgashBieber 103 Friends, 51 Followers
37 phildobbie 1012 Friends, 1434 Followers
38 willsyd 326 Friends, 366 Followers
39 rodneygedda 69 Friends, 212 Followers
40 justinkdavies 2009 Friends, 2085 Followers
41 mumbletwits 144 Friends, 411 Followers
42 OsloDavis 200 Friends, 378 Followers
43 FitToPrint 472 Friends, 1157 Followers
44 DavidCampbell73 189 Friends, 2250 Followers
45 marksmithers 1825 Friends, 2215 Followers
46 chriskennett 65 Friends, 210 Followers
47 leesawatego 1032 Friends, 873 Followers
48 problogger 47697 Friends, 98681 Followers
49 LarvatusProdeo 429 Friends, 456 Followers
50 Gdelaney 144 Friends, 66 Followers
51 alexmyoung 524 Friends, 622 Followers
52 mpesce 6136 Friends, 6919 Followers
53 ruxton 354 Friends, 211 Followers
54 Penny_Wong 2091 Friends, 2405 Followers
55 KentValentine 292 Friends, 839 Followers
56 thorfi 432 Friends, 289 Followers
57 MThistlethwaite 36 Friends, 283 Followers
58 spencerhowson 35 Friends, 193 Followers
59 CateP36 2013 Friends, 2100 Followers
60 Spoonyman 79 Friends, 970 Followers
61 sydsal 24 Friends, 41 Followers
62 neil_twit 236 Friends, 100 Followers
63 bencornwell 100 Friends, 84 Followers
64 _Tors 870 Friends, 1147 Followers
65 theploy 2 Friends, 301 Followers
66 Curzon79 177 Friends, 109 Followers
67 _sarahwilson_ 108 Friends, 3539 Followers
68 Tzarimas 359 Friends, 1982 Followers
69 insightSBS 942 Friends, 3205 Followers
70 MiltonFriedmans 15 Friends, 21 Followers
71 johnbarrington 170 Friends, 256 Followers
72 canion 212 Friends, 150 Followers
73 DSKMag 79 Friends, 111 Followers
74 nambor 682 Friends, 985 Followers
75 Dramagirl 553 Friends, 1552 Followers
76 flew 1 Friends, 112 Followers
77 LesleyDewar 9129 Friends, 12400 Followers
78 danr69 476 Friends, 395 Followers
79 tornadicthought 96 Friends, 44 Followers
80 annababble 50 Friends, 14 Followers
81 _CAMBA_ 74 Friends, 57 Followers
82 wibbly 99 Friends, 73 Followers
83 voteglobal 2114 Friends, 1917 Followers
84 lazerzap 1155 Friends, 1112 Followers
85 anaya_latter 287 Friends, 153 Followers
86 Damian_Saunders 12638 Friends, 11493 Followers
87 catmatson 890 Friends, 1436 Followers
88 crushtor 1233 Friends, 1738 Followers
89 DanByronGC 180 Friends, 95 Followers
90 MERCURYEDITOR 114 Friends, 473 Followers
91 croakeyblog 234 Friends, 635 Followers
92 Taffey 19 Friends, 13 Followers
93 benlewisau 5 Friends, 15 Followers
94 aminorirony 246 Friends, 95 Followers
95 supremepeteza 27 Friends, 37 Followers
96 doobalah 2662 Friends, 2446 Followers
97 bluemoon61 370 Friends, 209 Followers
98 spartsuno 280 Friends, 73 Followers
99 D_S_Robertson 181 Friends, 910 Followers
100 DanBuzzard 70 Friends, 82 Followers

By the way, I’m not listed (@alicam). I’ve emailed to ask why. Maybe they think I’m a spammer and removed me! *sob*

23 Comments

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  1. Posted 7 years ago // Permalink

    Neat idea Alister – thanks for sharing!

  2. Posted 7 years ago // Permalink

    Thanks for sharing – very interesting.

  3. Posted 7 years ago // Permalink

    Alistair

    Thanks for the inclusion – not sure I’m influential or prominent in Australian politics. I’m just another voice with a crowd.

    Iggy

  4. Posted 7 years ago // Permalink

    So…. they’ve just gone and invented peerindex again then? But with a system that only uses twitter as input?

  5. vanaalst
    Posted 7 years ago // Permalink

    Hmm, perhaps the algorithm needs a little work…

    I could maybe believe Anthony Callea at position 15 with his 6,636 followers, but unless Emily Rusciano went absolutely nuts during the election I can’t see how her 36 friends and 325 followers gets her to position 32.

  6. vanaalst
    Posted 7 years ago // Permalink

    *oops – change ‘during the election’ to ‘on Monday nights’ (for qanda).

  7. Alister Cameron
    Posted 7 years ago // Permalink

    Richard, PeerIndex doesn’t rank by a hashtag (topic)… or does it?!

  8. Posted 7 years ago // Permalink

    @vanaalst what if Anthony Callea and/or others RTed a witty Emily Rusciano tweet. Getting a few tweets retweeted to a much wider audience should be counted.

  9. Posted 7 years ago // Permalink

    PeerIndex indeed Richard.

    #anotherselfcongratulatinglist

  10. Jenny C
    Posted 7 years ago // Permalink

    Not sure why @benlewisau has made it in. Have a look at his page? How do you work these things out? Do you check them?

  11. Posted 7 years ago // Permalink

    Now I feel guilty for not turning off the Breaking Bad DVD to play with #qanda last night. Beware of Breaking Bad. It is up there with The Wire as addictively classy television.

  12. Posted 7 years ago // Permalink

    Interesting I would remove the word influential and use prolific. Someone who has made a lot of tweets with those hashtags is not necessarially (sic) influencing opinion.

  13. Posted 7 years ago // Permalink

    Does this mean I should remember to include a hastag more often? lol

  14. Posted 7 years ago // Permalink

    From now on I am taking all my #qanda views from http://twitter.com/QUTIEFACE

    Proof that this algorithm works!

  15. Alister Cameron
    Posted 7 years ago // Permalink

    Erik. Well done! I think… along with you… that that’s the “spammer that got past” the algorithm! I left it in there because I didn’t want to alter the list in any way, but yeah. Total rubbish, that one!

  16. Greg
    Posted 7 years ago // Permalink

    Top 100 Australians in anything is way too long a list!!
    It’s not exactly a country known for brains or depth of talent.

  17. Posted 6 years, 11 months ago // Permalink

    Ok this is most definatly a fun blog to look at even been a South African with Aussie friends! Poloticians are the same in every country most do nothing worth while, accept maybe make our lives more difficult!

  18. Posted 6 years, 11 months ago // Permalink

    There is can not use Twitter in China.

  19. Posted 6 years, 9 months ago // Permalink

    Thanks for sharing the list I love lists it cool, easy, and targeted infomation.

  20. Posted 6 years, 9 months ago // Permalink

    What about house lol?
    Great Blog

  21. Posted 6 years, 8 months ago // Permalink

    Neat post. It’s always interesting to see how social media influences the political world.

  22. Posted 6 years, 8 months ago // Permalink

    Thank you for this great list.

  23. Typing_Monkey
    Posted 6 years, 7 months ago // Permalink

    Not sure why Annabel Crabb didn’t make the #ausvotes list…something must be flawed in there.

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  1. […] Australian blogging consultant Alister Cameron published a list of the “Top 100 Most Influential Australians Talking Politics On Twitter“. Actually, it was two lists: one of people who’d been calculated to be influential […]

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