Most followed Twitter accounts in SA

Twitter has released its year in review for 2014, showing the biggest moments and hottest topics in the South African Twitterverse.

The top events that created the biggest spikes in South African Twitter traffic in 2014 showed that the country is definitely a nation of sports fans.

The most Tweeted about moment in SA during the year was the semi-final between Germany and Brazil in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which saw Germany defeat the host nation by 7-1.

During the game fans around the world sent more than 35.6 million Tweets – a new Twitter record. There were more than 672 million Tweets during the World Cup, the social media network said.

The South Africa versus Wales rugby match caused the second biggest spike on Twitter locally in 2014, while the controversial Oscar Pistorius trial also kicked up a storm, with real-time updates coming out of the courtroom by journalists giving on-the-ground news minute- by-minute.

In terms of the most popular South African personalities on the platform, YouTube sensation Caspar Lee remained the country’s most followed person, with SA-born UK cricketer Kevin Pietersen ranking second.

SA’s top 10 most followed on Twitter

# Twitter Handle
Person Followers
1 @Caspar_Lee Caspar Lee 2,128,810
2 @KP24 Kevin Pieterson 2,046,551
3 @Trevornoah Treveor Noah 1,725,515
4 @ABdeVilliers AB DeVilliers 1,502,313
5 @DaleSteyn62 Dale Steyn 1,155,599
6 @NelsonMandela Nelson Mandela 1,009,465
7 @bonang_m Bonang B Matheba 888,466
8 @angelcandice Candice Swanepoel 872,395
9 @GraemeSmith Graeme Smith 735,660
10 @GarethCliff Gareth Cliff 530,924

World’s top Twits

According to Twitter’s data, the “golden tweet” (the most re-tweeted message) of 2014 belongs to comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who tweeted a star-studded selfie from the 2014 Oscars. The tweet has been republished over 3 million times, to date.

Ellen Tweet
Ellen Tweet

Twitter also listed the most popular tweets by their peaks re-tweets, led by Justin Bieber tweeting to his fans, which hit a peak of 471,000 re-tweets.

Justin Bieber Tweet
Justin Bieber Tweet

Other popular tweets came from pop group One Direction, and The Oscar Academy’s tribute to late actor Robin Williams.

The Academy Tweet
The Academy Tweet

More on Twitter

Twitter moves to stem abuse and harassment

Twitter is going to start tracking your apps

Twitter wants to bank on selfies: report

Tackling the Twitter abuse “crisis”

Must Read

Partner Content

Show comments

Trending Now

Follow Us

Most followed Twitter accounts in SA