Richard Bacon Ranked Second Most Influential Tweeter

Chiswick DJ possesses some of UK's most powerful opinions according to i Twitter 100

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i, the first new national newspaper for 25 years, has launched the inaugural i Twitter 100 – a list of the most powerful Britons on Twitter. The list is the first time ever that the most influential, rather than most followed, people have been ranked.

Alongside Chiswick resident Richard Bacon at No.2, the top ten includes commentators from the worlds of comedy, philanthropy, music, fashion and broadcasting with Sarah Brown topping the list.

Regularly tweeting about being dressed head to toe by the High Road's Lara Boutique, Katie Price also features in the list at 88.

The i Twitter 100 top ten is:

1.Sarah Brown
2.Richard Bacon
3. Eddie Izzard
4. Stephen Fry
5. Umair Haque
6. Russell Brand
7. Tinchy Stryder
8= Hilary Alexander
8= Zee M Kane
10. Fearne Cotton

Commenting on the results, Independent and i Editor-in-Chief Simon Kelner said: “Five years ago, Twitter was regarded as a passing fad. Today it is a phenomenon, influencing world events and news stories in every sphere of life. This inaugural list recognises the power of Twitter and those with the most influence.’

Highlights from the list include:

• Sarah Brown, White Ribbon Alliance, (1) knocks Stephen Fry (4) off his perch.

• Richard Bacon is highest DJ (2). Radio 1’s Fearne Cotton (10) beats Chris Moyles (70=).

• Sir Alan Sugar (14=) beats arch rival Piers Morgan (61=).

• Jonathan Ross (27=) beats Piers Morgan (61=) in the battle of the presenters.

• Boris Johnson (36=) is highest politician on the list, followed by ex MP Dr Evan Harris (66=), Tom Watson, Labour MP for West Bromwich East, (68) and John Prescott (93). Sally Bercow, wife of the Speaker of the House is included (91).

• Katie Price, model and business woman features in the list (88=).

• Tinchy Stryder (7) is the highest music entry, beating Lily Allen (36=) and Mark Ronson (97).

• Businessmen include Duncan Bannatyne (12=), Sir Alan Sugar (14=), Theo Paphitis (54=) and Peter Jones (77=).

• Surprise entries in the top ten are Umair Haque (5), a corporate strategist and blogger, and Zee M Kane (8=) who is editor-in-chief at The Next Web.

February 16, 2011