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Cosmic 140

The 140 most influential Twitter users, their #name


#handle #category #influence #activity, when they
first started and what they first said

1/19/2010
Bill Gates
@BillGates | 1.4
"Hello World." Hard at work on my
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12/7/2009
Eric Schmidt
96 @ericschmidt | 0.2
CNN GPS with Fareed Zakaria on Nov 29th, starts around minute 17;
Fareed is a very good interviewer http://bit.ly/6GwGjn

6/26/2009
124 Kai-Fu Lee
@kaifulee | 0.9
Creating my new account
on tweeter
3/18/2009
Gary Hustwit
@gary_hustwit | 1.7
my first tweet! and already, limitations. i wanted "hustwitter" as my
username, no dice. and someone already has garyhustwit... what gives? 7/21/2009
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Marissa Mayer
@marissamayer | 0.6
Discovered the American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore
2/26/2009 -- extremely cool in terms of art and its philosophies (http://www.avam.org/)
3/9/2009
1/22/2009
Google
Pentagram Design @google | 3.3
@pentagramdesign | 1.9 Erik Spiekermann 133
12/24/2008 I'm 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111
Signs of the Times: 121
@espiekermann | 3.3 Jason Pollock 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010

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Signs fundraising event."/> DJ Stout and his team at Pentagram at the office with more on my @Jason_Pollock | 38 13
95 7/10/2009

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Austin invite you to jo.. http://tinyurl.com/aoogtr list than i can hope to do I'm going to get food for a festive holiday dinner tonight. Check out
Fake Steve

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118 the trailer for my film at... http://www.TheYoungestCandidate.com

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@fsjblog | 1.6
1/29/2009

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Dear Eric: You're dead to me: Tag him and bag him, boys,
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because Squirrel Boy is finished around here. I calle..
@AIGAdesign | 1.2 http://bit.ly/bPIx9
Apologies for the technical difficulties at 10/29/2007
www.aiga.org over the past few days… we are John Boardley
working on it and will have it resolved soon. 102 @ilovetypography | 9.6
just started twittering... 8/5/2008
Smashing Magazine
7/25/2009 @smashingmag | 13
New post on Smashing Magazine - Fervens: A Free
Todd McFarlane 123 35 Wordpress Theme, http://tinyurl.com/5epr7c
@Todd_McFarlane | 1
Tyrese what did you do? This is a new world to me. Can
anyone walk me through this twitter thing?
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11/27/2008
Yoko Ono
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7/22/2009
@yokoono | 2.8
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Alain de Botton dancing 42


@alaindebotton | 0.8
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If you believe that those at the top merit their


7/13/2008
success you have to believe that those at the
bottom are worthy of their failures. John Maeda 120
61 @johnmaeda | 1.7 134
working
2/22/2010 128 3/8/2008
Dalai Lama Luke Wroblewski
@DalaiLama | 2 @lukewdesign | 3.3
His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Los Angeles - 21 February 2010 At Moonshine. Getting beer pressure from all.
http://bit.ly/cRGXyr

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11/4/2007
58 2/7/2008
Jason Sweeney
10/20/2009 @sween | 4.5 Clay Shirky
Lying on my side, spooning a cat, hoping Noel doesn't knock out our power. @cshirky | 2.1
Fake AP Stylebook Loving having an actual copy of my book on my
@FakeAPStylebook | 6.1 desk -- no more galleys!
All television show names should bear the 'Spanish
104
exclamations.' ¡CSI: Miami! and ¡Taxicab
Confessions!, but not ¡Jeopardy!!
7/24/2008
3/17/2007
Deepak Chopra 12/21/2007
@DeepakChopra | 13 62 Wired Lawrence Lessig
In Washington DC @WIRED | 4 8/5/2007 115
@lessig | 0.9
135
Wired News: Top Stories: Dems 3/4/2007 Tim O’Reilly waiting for joi
7/19/2008
3/3/2008
7/11/2007 Want Answers Gonzales
Tim Siedell @timoreilly | 11 91
TED
Paul Carr Marco Marcello Lupoi http://tinyurl.com/2bkvqu
@badbanana | 11
54 Kim Stanley Robinson's session on @tedtalks | 0.9
125
@mlupoi | 2.9 3/19/2007 capitalism vs. socialism in science policy at TEDTalks feed! 107
@paulcarr | 13 Wondering where the time
Liveblogging (alljustwords.com) from GSP having just
Watching UN POSTO AL SOLE Tina Roth Eisenberg 113 126
went. Pondering sleep.
Science Foo Camp at Google. 2/13/2009
10/22/2009
12/20/2007
episodes from last week, getting @swissmiss | 2.9 Mark Zuckerberg
signed up to Twitter against my better judgement.
ready for bed. Trying to get my ladies to twitter! 4/13/2007 NASA @finkd | 0.05 Tim Berners-Lee
109 @nasa | 9.2 @ooontz I knew you'd be under ditka @timberners_lee | 0.6
3/11/2007 36 Daisuke Tsuda 33 Apollo 17: Thirty-five years ago this week on Dec Ooops confusing user interfxce. And no
140 129 Doug Bowman 76
@tsuda | 13 http://tinyurl.com/2h2g26 phones on on stage with radiomikes.
@stop | 1.4 81 ようやく使い方がわかった!
mellowing at the Driskill. my lord there's 3/10/2007
4/11/2007
3/16/2007 a lot of people at sxsw this year. Danny Sullivan
52 7/30/2008 89
3/9/2007 Jason Kottke @dannysullivan | 12 Dan Kogai
Adam Savage @dankogai | 7.9
@donttrythis | 4.5 Jared M. Spool 130 @jkottke | 1.1
12/1/2006
working too late 112
Just started twitter.
@jmspool Finally caving to Twitter. Still no MySpace though.
About to test the shinymess of mud.
5/24/2007 Signing up for twitter! John Gruber 3/7/2007
10/9/2008 @gruber | 6.1 4/14/2007
Warren Ellis 106
Techmeme
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Stephen Fry @warrenellis | 8.5 12/12/2006 Giving the boy a bath.
@Techmeme | 18 Richard MacManus
@stephenfry | 10 checking account validity Jason Santa Maria @rww | 9.8 12/15/2007
16 OpenID - You can now use your
2/18/2010
Hello Twitterers. I'm About to fly to Africa for a new
117 @jasonsantamaria | 2.9 WordPress.com blog as an OpenID. 69
wondering why the heck someone else has the Loic Le Meur
project and will be tweeting whilst I'm filming. 12/12/2006 Trying to wake up. 'readwriteweb' twitter username. Damn squatters. @loic | 31
20 Conan O’Brien (WordPress.com) http://tinyurl.com/2be4ur
[seesmic] le bon mot de passe - http://seesmic.com/9iruWPRk59
@ConanOBrien | 1.2 Jeffrey Zeldman
100
Today I interviewed a squirrel in my backyard and then 4/26/2007 @zeldman | 7.1
11/20/2006
threw to commercial. Somebody help me. scratching 3/16/2007
Paulo Coelho Robert Scoble
@paulocoelho | 4.7 46 @scobleizer | 26 Pete Cashmore
..un regalo de un amigo y seguidor.. I'm going home to Half Moon Bay. @mashable | 21
9/3/2009
http://www.paulocoelhoblog.com/ Del.icio.us Tag Descriptions - Very Meta
Rachel Maddow 7/15/2006 99 5 ( http://tinyurl.com/ypttw4 )
@maddow | 2.6
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Got nothing done today. Have spent the entire Om Malik 77
8/27/2007
day obsessed with this (pdf): http://is.gd/2QNIw 3/15/2007 @om | 7.8 51 2/8/2007
30 Guy Kawasaki
88 Major Nelson Looking 4 food
Chris Pirillo 82 @GuyKawasaki | 51 101

@majornelson | 9.2 Just created a better Twitter name


@chrispirillo | 13 5/5/2009
4/17/2009 Wondering why people want to know what I am doing.
7/15/2006 I've been twitterpated?
Michael Arrington
Oprah Winfrey Jason Calacanis @arrington | 12
@Oprah | 0.3 10 @Jason | 12 woohoo. A Twitter account of my very own, unbound by
HI TWITTERS . THANK YOU FOR A WARM WELCOME. FEELING 68 1/18/2007 41
110 Listening to the old tycho album. the corporate policy chains of TechCrunch. Freedom!
REALLY 21st CENTURY.  3/21/2006 Kevin Rose 3/7/2007
84
2/13/2007
Biz Stone @kevinrose | 3.6 TechCrunch
6/18/2009 78 Joshua Allen 59 @biz | 2.6 80
7/18/2006
Drinking tea @ work 18 @TechCrunch | 14
8/7/2008
@fireland | 0.6 just setting up my twttr Blogging!
Priyanka Chopra When I go into the office bathroom and someone is going #2 Scott Beale 106 Digg
priyankachopra | 10 while I only have to go #1 ... I feel superior 11/21/2006 3/21/2006 @laughingsquid | 8.2 @digg_2000 | 11
3/10/2009
Testing... 123... Veronica Belmont Jack Dorsey tweeking twtta 3/5/2007
8/2/2007 "John McCain Has 61 Major Flip-Flops: Here Are All of Them!" - http://tinyurl.com/5gmjgo
Ellen DeGeneres @Veronica | 4.7 @jack | 4.8 136 Reddit Guardian Tech
Enter tainment

@TheEllenShow | 4.3 6 Gah! Will today never end?! just setting up my twttr 60 @reddit
Tis my first twitt-er. Or tweet? Twit? Or tweet? @guardiantech | 15
3/5/2007 traveling through time
"Twit or tweet everybody." Is this anything? 119 [news] Electronic voting not safe warns election watchdog:

12/1/2008 3/21/2006
The New York Times Trials designed to increase turnou.. http://tinyurl.com/3b8ol3
7/16/2006 @nytimes | 39
73
Jonathan Ross Evan Williams Dave McClure Without Health Benefits, a Good Life 74
@Wossy | 22 5/7/2008 @ev | 3.5 Turns Fragile http://shurl.org/bVmbZ
3/14/2007 @davemcclure | 7.5 12
just setting up my twttr
Getting to know twitter
29 Kevin Smith Wil Wheaton Dinner in san mateo.
@ThatKevinSmith | 11 34 (shabu shabu)
@wilw | 7.9 1/2/2007 7/11/2007
Showing my flick to some fresh eyes, 3/21/2006
backing up laptop. Trying to figure out if I signed up with 'wilwheaton' to prevent Start twttr(beta) CNN Breaking News BBC Click
some jerk from stealing it, or if some jerk already stole it. @cnnbrk @BBCClick | 0.8
1/16/2009 50 75
testing BBC Click is looking 4 Twitter users. if available on the 17July for
Ashton Kutcher 7
3
an intw and in San Francisco, email click@bbc.co.uk 4 more info!
@aplusk | 12 4/1/2007
dropping my first tweet 45
Wall Street Journal
3/20/2007 @wsj | 15
Reuters Top News 70
Sega, Nintendo to Make Olympics-Themed Game 4/24/2008
@Reuters http://tinyurl.com/3xkz6l Huffington Post
Russia hunts missing after mine blast kills 106 @huffingtonpost | 45
http://tinyurl.com/2bd49t Toby Barlow: It doesn't actually take a genius to notice the sun does it?
10/24/2006 44
1/26/2009 7/21/2006 http://tinyurl.com/68soxe
Demi Moore Public Launch Chris Brogan
@chrisbrogan | 51
27 mrskutcher | 8.8 47
I'm writing content for Video on the
trying to figure this twitter deal out!
Net and chatting with Julien Smith. 5/3/2007
132
1/24/2007
NPR Politics
3/27/2009 12/19/2006 @nprpolitics | 11 97
Alyssa Milano
28 Jeremiah Owyang Joi Ito No religion with your stamps
@jowyang | 17 87 @Joi | 3.9 http://tinyurl.com/ytnv9v
@alyssa_milano | 23 10/2006
1/28/2009 Surfing the web Starting Twitter... 5/6/2008
this is my official twitter!  Obvious Corp. founded
Rainn Wilson 108 Drudge Report
25 @rainnwilson | 7.5 3/27/2008 @Drudge_Report | 39
Rainn Wilson. Reporting for duty. 4/30/2007 AP: More than 3.5 million new voters...
Lady Gaga
@ladygaga | 0.4 Natalie 3/12/2007 131
http://tinyurl.com/4zdhk8
@natalie_mu | 19
3/21/2009
23
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ダウンタウンの松本人志が監督・主演を務める話題の映画「大日
Fred Wilson
at the Armani and nervous records party. But I am no nervous record! ... 2007 48
Kim Kardashian 本人」の音楽をTOWA TEIが担当していることが明らかになった。 3/18/2007 @fredwilson | 5.6
10/9/2007
1/22/2009 trying twitter
@KimKardashian | 9.7 http://natalie.mu/news/show/id/1564 Fox News Mario Sixtus
Hey guys it's Kim Kardashian! I finally signed up for Twitter! Perez Hilton

New
2
@foxnews | 131 @sixtus | 6.6
There are a few fakes so just know this is the real me!!! @PerezHilton | 48 NATIONAL: Confederate Flag Hanging From Noose Testing Twitter... (check, one, two, check, beeeeeep) 8/4/2008
17
Hi! This is the real me bitches. I'm not on MySpace or Stays on Display http://tinyurl.com/257kuo
The Economist

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Facebook but I decided to start Twittering. Yee Haw! 86
90 139 103 @TheEconomist | 4
3/2007 7/2/2007 Green.view: Green genes: The shameful destruction of a crop
3/17/2009 trialALMOST ten years ago, a jury acquit.. http://tinyurl.com/5qxdyd
24 Twitter dominates SXSW JetBlue Airways 1/30/2008
Paris Hilton 79 @JetBlue | 2.3 5/19/2008
@ParisHilton | 11 Woo-hoo! I am the official airline of Alan Murray
in Vegas at the Hard 4 Springfield! Aye carumba! @alansmurray | 5.6 Jay Rosen
Rock with my Prince... 9/22/2008 116 I'm not getting my updates @jayrosen_nyu | 17
12/6/2008
Britney Spears 5/23/2007
Setting up my Twitter
Taylor Swift @britneyspears | 0.7 1 account to see if I like it.
@taylorswift13 | 1.1 Welcome to Britney Spears' Twitter! Follow the latest in Britney Sascha Lobo 4/29/2007
apologizing to a very needy cat for being gone so long. news and get updates straight from Britney and her entourage. @saschalobo | 4 Barack Obama 37
Prokrastinieren. @BarackObama | 0.6 6/25/2008
8 "Thinking we're only one signature
away from ending the war in Iraq.
Anderson Cooper
@andersoncooper | 13
Learn more at http://www.barackobama.com" Erica’s News Note: What a long strange trip
49 72 http://tinyurl.com/67f3ef
1/28/2009 31

Mariah Carey
@MariahCarey | 1.7
Welcome to Mariah’s Official Twitter Page! 8/19/2008 4/29/2008
Bookmark http://twitter.com/MariahHBF and feel Trent Reznor MC Hammer
free to write back to @MariahHBF about Miss M!  0.9 | @trent_reznor @MCHammer | 12 65
hanging on the bus boring night...my controller must have been broken...every channel had
1/30/2009 11
some preacher name Rev. Wright..I think he's running for President??
John Mayer
@johncmayer | 7.5
Finding The Perfect Fuzz Sound. If You do it right, it 3/8/2008
sounds like breath swirling around in a saxophone. Cool.
32
Tony Hsieh
@zappos | 2.8
21 Hello zappos people at SXSW. Please twitter
2008
12/19/2008 "follow zappos" to follow me. -Tony
50 Cent
@50cent | 1.1 15
is in Turkey 3/4/2008 1/23/2008
1/13/2009 122 The Onion Arnold Schwarzenegger
Coldplay 64 5/22/2008 @TheOnion | 5.7 @Schwarzenegger | 1 57
@coldplay | 1.4 The Onion reluctantly expands its Inter-net
The official Coldplay twitter (with the official Coldplay 53 Real Madrid presence via Face-book. Damn the lot of
Going to take part in a Q & A at the CA Newspaper Publishers Assn.
@realmadrid | 3.7 Gov. Affairs Day in Sacramento at 1:30pm. Webcast at
twitter url) is go. Welcome one and all. Anchorman you! http://urltea.com/2u7n
Celebración Liga 07/08. Fotos Exclusivas http://gov.ca.gov.
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12/12/2008 1/6/2009 http://fon.gs/celebracion-liga


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Soulja Boy Tell 'Em Sean Combs 8/12/2008


@iamdiddy | 12 Starbucks Coffee
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@souljaboytellem | 26
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In D.C. on promo tour ON SET...GETTING READY TO FLY HOME @Starbucks | 8


FOR THE NOTORIOUS PREMIERE!! Welcome to Starbucks Twitter land!
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11/18/2008
Shaquille O’Neal
@THE_REAL_SHAQ | 5.6
26
this is the real SHAQUILLE O'NEAL
10/15/2008
127 Lance Armstrong
12/23/2008 @lancearmstrong | 8.6
Michael Jordan Just finished a speech here in Las Vegas for a 22
@michaeljordan | 0.3 company called Teradata. 3000 folks in the audience 11/6/2008
drinking oj and mountaindew 94 on an early vegas am. Bout to ride now! 55
12/30/2008
Al Gore 7/17/2009
@algore | 0.3
MLB Just signed up for Twitter. Please check out
Kazuyo Katsuma
71 @mlb | 26 @kazuyo_k | 39
http://www.algore.com/ and http://www.repoweramerica.org/.
いま、ニューヨークのホテルにいます。ワシントン
ic

7/19/2009 hope you have fun with our new Official MLBlogs 93 からの飛行機が2時間遅れて、疲れました。
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Kohmi Hirose Twitter page! Use it to post tweets and I suggest


4/28/2009
M

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@kohmi | 41 http://is.gd for short URLs. Go MLBlogs!
twitter初挑戦中です。 56
1/9/2009 Jack Welch
2/25/2009 66 Karl Rove @jack_welch | 1.7
2009 @KarlRove | 4.3 So here I go. @suzywelch and our kids have browbeaten
Tony Hawk Check out my Op-Ed in the Wall Street me into 2009. Hello Twitter world! Yikes.
@tonyhawk | 7 Journal...http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1231372205
43
woke up with Kady, watching Yo Gabba Gabba, trying to 50562585.html
get over this strange Fijian flu I picked up so I can skate. 6/5/2009
1/23/2009
Takafumi Horie
83 John McCain @takapon_jp | 11
@SenJohnMcCain | 2.5 ついったーはじめました。昼飯なんにしようか・・・
I am working in my office on Capitol Hill today. 

3/17/2009
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Shashi Tharoor
6/23/2009 @ShashiTharoor | 8.8
Rubens Barrichello In Kerala.
@rubarrichello | 24 Bu
oi gente...agora esse eh meu twitter oficial...mandarei 6/6/2009
Verified accounts
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noticias...um forte abraco.Rubinho 12/24/2009 es
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39 Masayoshi Son s
8/3/2009 @masason | 6
Justin 67 "実名で今日からつぶやく事にしました。
@shitmydadsays | 0.5 11/17/2009 2009年のクリスマスイブ。
"I didn't live to be 73 years old so I could eat kale. Hiroshi Mikitani もうすぐ24時です。"
Don't fix me your breakfast and pretend you're fixing mine." @hmikitani | 6.8
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