The #murraytweetindex is published by communications consultancy Murray and measures journalists across six parameters to capture their popularity, the quality of engagement and level of activity. A composite index was then created to rank overall positions.

Top 100

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It was a too close to call in this year’s index with prolific Twitter users Matt Cooper and Gavan Reilly sharing the honours at the top. Both use the channel to promote their journalism and programmes, and to engage and entertain their followers.

Biggest Gainers

2017 vs 2018

Frank Greaney Rosanna Cooney Brian O'Donovan Katie Hannon Triona McCarthy GAIN
  1. 265 Triona McCarthy @triona_ie

  2. 293 Katie Hannon @katieghannon

  3. 337 Brian O'Donovan @brianOD_News

  4. 351 Rosanna Cooney @RosannaCooney

  5. 365 Frank Greaney @FrankGreaney

Category Winners

In addition to the overall rankings, the research ranked journalists’ influence on Twitter in a range of different categories, category winners included:

Total Followers

Total Followers vs TOTALS 2,973,358 3,065,258 3.1% UP 2017 2018

Despite Twitter’s purge of fake followers on Twitter last July, the number of people following Ireland’s top 100 journalists on Twitter rose 3% last year to almost 3.1m.

6 Parameters

Top ranking journalists across each of the 6 parameters measured:

Concerns over fake followers will continue to be discussed, and Twitter’s purge last summer was a welcome attempt to address this issue.

Golden Ratio

followers :

With 53% of Irish people surveyed in the Reuters Digital News Report 2018 getting their news from social media, it is an important platform for journalists and media outlets to communicate with their audiences.

Media Outlets

The research reviewed which media outlets had most journalists in the top 100.

Media Type Graph MEDIA TYPE BROADCAST - 25% ONLINE - 18.75% PRINT - 56.25%

Most Tweeters in Top 100

  1. RTÉ
  2. Irish Times
  3. Independent News & Media
  4. Sunday Business Post
  5. Newstalk
  6. Sunday Times / Times Ireland
  7. Joe.ie / Maximum Media
  8. Irish Examiner
  9. thejournal.ie
  10. Virgin Media
  11. Irish Daily Mail
  12. Irish Daily Star
  13. Irish Sun
  14. Silicon Republic
  15. Sunday World
  16. Today FM

The results show RTÉ to have the most journalists in the Top 100, with 18, followed by the Irish Times and Independent News & Media with 13.

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