32 scientists with 2000+ Twitter followers

There are some amazing and inspiring science types on Twitter, many of whom have pulled together quite a crowd of followers. With the current craze for twitter lists, I migrated as many as I could from the original scientwitters list to the new system, but there’s a limit of 500 per list, so I also categorized them into bio, chem, phys etc.

Interestingly, Listorious now orders list members according to Twitter follower count. It’s not a great metric for ones twitteriness, but it can be useful. So, here’s a list of the Top 32 by followers from the scientwitters list, all worth following regardless of by how much store you set twittercount:

Dr. Mark Drapeau

Fruit fly brain surgeon, compulsive opinion writer, Co-chair of Gov 2.0 Expo. Voted class pessimist (1993).
12,748 followers |

Dr. Kiki Sanford

Science ninjas unite!

11,252 followers |

alexismadrigal

Wired.com energy and science staff writer. Working on a book about the history of green tech in America.
7,486 followers |

David Bradley

Science writer based in Cambridge, UK. Loves family, friends, dog, guitar, singing, photography, karate, fresh air, walks, conversation, cycling…and science
5,961 followers |

Gerald_Janauer

Scientist, photographer, former college professor, current FFS math / science chair
5,719 followers |

Laura Good

Twitter Junkie | Good Friend | Dog Lover | SciFi enthusiast | Auntie | Love Jesus | Medical Technology Interest | Assist Hi Tech Start Ups | SARTA MedStart
5,469 followers |

Andrew Maynard

Scientist gone over to the dark side – policy, communication, engagement, and all that stuff! Oh, and am the Science Advisor to the Project on Emerging Nanotech

5,466 followers |

NatureNews

The latest science news from Nature, the international scientific journal
4,661 followers |

AJS

Chemist(Analytical/Research/Quality) fitness fanatic, healthy eating(Juice Plus-for my extra veggies/fruit), digital art enthusiast(image-digitalblasphemy.com)
4,610 followers |

Lord Paul Drayson

Father of 5, Minister For Science and Innovation at BIS and Strategic Defence Acquisition Reform at MoD, Labour peer, car nut
4,610 followers |

Richard G. Lanzara

Entrepreneurial Scientist and Pharmacologist interested in how our senses and receptors work and everything else that follows from that…
4,203 followers |

I Am Biotech

Editor in Chief of IAmBiotech.org

3,854 followers |

Michael Hayes

Futures/FOREX Trader, Trading Advisor, Science Educator, Blogger, Dorval Islander.
3,831 followers |

annabel bentley

doctor in london, likes social media, beaches, patient-orientated evidence &shared decision making. Blogs Onmedica.com + BMJ.com
3,486 followers |

Vel Ravimohan

Doctor in U.K,Interested in Blogging,web 2.0 & web designing native country Srilanka.Tamil ???? ???????? ?????
3,269 followers |

Bertalan Meskó, MD

Medical doctor, founder of Webicina.com, health 2.0 consultant, blogger; Second Life resident, Wikipedia administrator doing PhD in genetics
3,192 followers |

Deborah Berebichez

A physicist with a deep passion for communicating science to the masses. Secondary life as philosopher and actor. Made in Mexico.

3,118 followers |

Rebecca Skloot

Writer (NYTMag, O, Slate, etc), Contrib Editor, Popular Science, Author of *The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks* (aka HeLa) in stores 2/2/10
2,935 followers |

Scientist Solutions

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2,894 followers |

Spacevidcast

Making Space Commonplace! New media company looking to the stars.
2,886 followers |

Sally Church

Icarus Consultants, Pharma, Biotech, Marketing Strategy, Competitive Intelligence, Social Media Monitoring, Science, Market Research, Oncology, Hematology
2,831 followers |

Shwen Gwee

Founder, Social Pharmer (Social Media in Pharma) Unconference and Network (socialpharmer.com) + Med 2.0 Blog and Podcast (med20.com)

2,783 followers |

Brian Krueger

Molecular Biology Grad student at UIowa who runs a science news site masquerading as a social network for the sciences. Enjoy the news and my science rants
2,736 followers |

Argonne National Lab

A Department of Energy research laboratory, Argonne delivers science and technology solutions to energy, environment, and security challenges.
2,643 followers |

carlzimmer

A science writer (most recent book: The Tangled Bank)
2,599 followers |

Eric Berger

Science reporter and blogger for the Houston Chronicle. Cover science from nanometers to parsecs. Love my wife and kids. Cycling. And ice cream.
2,568 followers |

Bora Zivkovic

Science communication: blogging, publishing, teaching. Online Community Manager at Public Library of Science. Open Access.

2,503 followers |

American Lung Assoc.

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.
2,429 followers |

Joanne Manaster

University lab instructor, video science book reviewer, former international model who LOVES science!
2,350 followers |

Dr Ian O’Neill

Space Producer for Discovery News. British, but lives in the US. Enjoys a good beer but prefers tea. A toast and butter advocate. Blog: http://astroengine.com
2,350 followers |

Joerg Heber

Senior Editor at Nature Materials, freelance science writer
2,314 followers |

laura s. marshall

managing editor at laurin publishing; interests: photonics, lasers, light, science, physics, forensics, cameras, biotech

2,223 followers |

Apologies for the shoddy formating earlier…fixed now, hopefully.

5 thoughts on “32 scientists with 2000+ Twitter followers

  1. Thanks for including me in your Scientwits list (I like that title :-). If it helps valiadate myself a bit further, I used to be a behavioral neuroscientist in my former (academic) life, before moving to the “other side”. Cheers!

  2. I re-analyzed the data based on the number of times each is “listed.” I figure that’s a much better metric. If you’re valuable to twitter, you’ll be on more lists, not have a large group of spam followers throwing off the numbers. Here’s the google doc. Probably should have coded something that updated in real time, but I’m lazy ;)

    http://tinyurl.com/ylex2we

    1. Yes, I was going to do a follow up post based on the number of times people are listed! So thanks for providing the data. Certainly, for those people who don’t block their spam followers (I try to weed them out of my account regularly), this is definitely a better metric, for now…

  3. What would be interesting would be to re-list the list using listed:followercount ratio. I.e. how many times is someone listed divided by their total number of followers; it’s something I thought of previously but it’s discussed here in detail.

    It would also give users an incentive to clear out spammers and bots from their followers.

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