Twitter is so highly conducive to bragging that it has spawned @humblebrag, an account dedicated to retweeting instances of veiled boasting (e.g. "I hate flying, i don't care if its a private jet!"). Well, on Monday, the micro-blogging service gave its power users another reason to swagger and gloat: it unveiled searches that allow you to find "accounts that are relevant to that particular subject" whenever you search. Obviously, our first reaction was to find out who the hive brain of Twitter has dubbed the most relevant to certain searches. In other words, the people who are the "most" of what you're looking for. So, here are the recipients of the very first, thoroughly researched (well, we spent some time searching on Twitter) Most Relevant on Twitter Awards:
Top billing goes to Nick Kristof of The New York Times. And if there was ever a sign that Ana Marie Cox's Wonkette days are over, it's her inclusion on a list of the world's "serious" journalists.
The only verified account on this unenviable list is for former Pennsylvania senator and prospective 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum. It's safe to say the algorithms of the Internet have not been kind to this Republican.
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No surprises with NBC's Ann Curry, CNNs Wolf Blitzer and ABC's George Stephanopoulos. The standout, of course, is Suhasini Haidar, an anchor for CNN-IBN, an English-language Indian news channel that's partnered with CNN.
Who knew? Everyone's favorite visually-challenged Star Trek character is Twitter's most "famous actor." Levar Burton, aka Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge aka ex-host of Reading Rainbow, stands ahead of actors Jim Carrey, Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks.
In ranking that's sure to begrudge her more famous sister Kim, Kourtney Kardashian joins actress/model Lauren London, American socialite and businesswoman Angela Simmons and multimedia maven B. Scott on Twitter's "beautiful persons" list.
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