The definitive list of crypto and Blockchain influencers in the Twittersphere. Who to follow, who to connect with and who’s making waves in the community. Updated: October 2020, Previous positions from March 2019
All new updated list!
This list has been updated for October 2020 and the previous position has been included in the list.
It’s all in the data
Block Influence is a data company. We don’t start a client campaign without thinking of the data. What are our metrics? How can we judge performance? How do we make the data work for us?
So it’s important to us to have an impartial, data-centric view of the Blockchain ecosystem on Twitter. And it’s important for our clients, too.
… but Crypto Twitter is a swamp
OK, no problem. Just look on crypto twitter and find the most followed accounts, right?
Wrong. Too many accounts purchase followers (directly or via airdrops), too many use followbacking (following accounts to get a followback, unfollowing those who don’t) and many, quite innocently, have low value followers.
… so we go deep into the data
To solve this problem we looked at an individual’s second degree network. That’s the quality of a follower’s followers. Doing so enabled us to build a much truer representation of a individual’s influence. And we only looked at influence within the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors, so if an blockchain individual is followed by Katy Perry (currently the most followed person on Twitter with a whopping 107m followers), then I’m afraid that doesn’t move the needle in terms of their influence as far as we are concerned.
And we built the ultimate crypto Twitter top 100
There were an number of tweaks we made to fine tune our model, too many to mention here (that’s an article for another time). What we compiled is not based on opinion or editorial judgement, but an algorithmically generated list of the most influential people in Blockchain and cryptocurrency at this very moment. Let’s begin…
This Russian-Canadian programmer is the co-founder of Ethereum and co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine. He’s super active on Twitter with one of the largest follower counts of all the prominent blockchain players. He’s known for wearing unicorn rainbow t-shirts, but don’t let his geek chic fool you. He’s hard hitting, outspoken and opinionated when it comes to the issues facing the blockchain industry; always putting principles and pragmatism before crypto politics.
Charlie released his creation Litecoin to the world in 2011 whilst working at Google. He then went on to become Director of Engineering at Coinbase, which set Charlie up well given the platform’s adoption of the cryptocurrency. Litecoin went on to become a top market capitalisation currency and known as Bitcoin Silver. He controversially sold almost all of his Litecoin in December 2017 stating reasons around a conflict of interest with his now current position of Managing Director of the Litecoin Foundation.
A figure steeped in controversy and mystery, John McAfee is a British-American computer programmer turned businessman who made his fortune as the founder of McAfee antivirus software. In recent years he turned his hand to cryptocurrency, publically involving himself, and investing, in numerous ICOs. His anti-establishment rhetoric and contentious behaviour whips his loyal fans into a frenzy, whilst other blockchain communities prefer to watch the spectacle at arm’s length.
An academic with a rigid agenda to spread the wealth of knowledge he has accumulated on Bitcoin, blockchain and decentralised centralised technologies. Trusted as a reliable and unbiased source of knowledge, he’s one of the few individuals who can stand up to scrutiny as an expert in an industry awash with pretenders. Author of books (including Mastering Bitcoin, The Internet of Money and Mastering Ethereum), prolific speaker and passionate co-host of the Let’s Talk Bitcoin podcast.
One of the earliest cryptocurrency evangelists, Roger was intent on spreading the Bitcoin message far and wide. Far from being just an ideologist, his drive to generate widespread adoption lead him to invest in multiple Bitcoin startups and travel the world to convert the masses. So much so that he was nicknamed Bitcoin Jesus. After losing faith with Bitcoin’s direction in 2017 he became a staunch advocate of the Bitcoin Cash hardfork. Some viewed this as betrayal to his original cause, others now go as far as to call him Bitcoin Judas.
A serial entrepreneur and angel investor with numerous successful tech startups in his wake, Naval is most notable for being co-founder of Angelist in 2010, which subsequently spun off subsidiary Coinlist in October 2017 to offer ICO services to startups and investors. His opinions are highly respected amongst the tech and blockchain communities.
Founder and CEO of the TRON Foundation, which in 2017 created the TRON protocol and has become one of the largest blockchain operating systems in the market. There is no doubt of his love for courting the blockchain media, generating press coverage and community excitement with his big reveals and announcements (and announcements of announcements). He’s also not shy about engaging in publicity driving spats on social media with other high profile individuals. Business pioneer and marketing genius, or master of the empty hype machine? The jury is out.
One of the earliest movers in bitcoin and cryptocurrency, his motivation to play his part in the scene was born from concern around systemic problems with the current monetary system. He is co-founder of Coinapult, worked as Marketing Director at BitInstant (one of the earliest crypto exchanges) and was the founder of bitcoin gambling site Satoshi Dice. He is now most known for his role as creator and CEO of bitcoin and altcoin exchange ShapeShift, which he founded under alias Beorn Gonthier until he was forced to reveal his true involvement as part of a seeding round in 2015.
Changpeng Zhao, otherwise known as CZ, is the founder and CEO of Binance, the top cryptocurrency exchange by volume (Oct 2020). He is often outspoken on Twitter and isn’t afraid to use the platform to generate publicity for projects he’s involved in. With an estimated fortune of around 1.4 billion USD, he’s undoubtedly one of the most influential people in crypto.
For the uninitiated looking to take their maiden voyage into cryptocurrency, Coinbase is often the first port of call, of which Brian is the co-founder and CEO. There is no doubt of the colossus that Coinbase has become under the helm of Brian’ leadership since launch in 2012. The widespread adoption of cryptocurrency is clearly in his business interest, but the passion and clarity with which he drives forward his vision is unquestionable.
An academic approach runs through everything that Nick turns his hand to. He is first and foremost a computer scientist, but is also a legal scholar and cryptographer and writes on numerous topics from history to economics. He is one of the heads of the Ethereum Foundation and has been applauded for this research on smart contracts which of course now form the bedrock of most blockchain projects.
Kevin Rose is about more than just crypto, but he’s still very influential in the blockchain sphere. The former CEO of Digg turned investor runs the Block Zero podcast (https://blockzero.simplecast.com/, last episode March 2020) and is a known innovator and web personality.
Twitter:https://twitter.com/cryptoSqueeze About: ฿ Full Time Crypto ฿ ✦Since 2013✦ Trader-Investor-Venture Capitalist- Featured in @cointelegraph & @HuffPost ✦ Tweets are not financial advice ✦ Previous Position: 63
74. Charles Hoskinson
Twitter:https://twitter.com/IOHK_Charles Website:http://iohk.io About: 8830 AC64 17F2 5164 195C 05DE 21E3 E377 13E1 5586 | CEO of IOHK And of Course: 7633A01E022A6E5B57F68387E78F2A8BA43F91307E8331DC72BAA04CDA4578AF Previous Position: 75
Twitter:https://twitter.com/SecretsOfCrypto About: Crypto altcoin trader & investor. All things cryptocurrency, bitcoin, trading, mining, btc, blockchain, decentralization, TA Previous Position: 69
78. Bobby Lee
Twitter:https://twitter.com/bobbyclee Website:http://www.btcc.com/ About: Co-founder of #BTCChina & @YourBTCC; Creator of @BTCCmobi; Board Member @BTCFoundation; Defender of #Bitcoin & REAL #Blockchain; Fighting for #FreedomOfMoney! Previous Position: 71
Twitter:https://twitter.com/IamNomad Website:http://whalecalls.io About: i design and engineer things. lift heavy things up and down for fun. used to make people dance across the country.oh and ive been trader for a long time. Previous Position: 73
Twitter:https://twitter.com/needacoin About: Nothing I post is financial advice! Just a dude with a twitter account. #BTFD all day. Bag holdin is my forte #altcoins $crypto #bitcoin Previous Position: 85
84. Murad Mahmudov 🚀
Twitter:https://twitter.com/MustStopMurad About: Cryptocurrency Analyst. Mostly fundamentals, occasional charts. Bitcoin, not Blockchain. Monetary Econ. Previously @Princeton. Previous Position: New Entry
And there you have it. A whistle stop tour through the cream of Crypto Twitter. Our list is a work in progress and we’re constantly refining the algorithm we use to measure influence. We’d really love to hear all feedback from the community — please let us know your thoughts in the comments!
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