With today’s consistent and ever growing divergence into the technology social world, the gate keepers have changed and now power and shifted to those that can influence and inspire in the social realm.

Here we have broken down the top ten most influential people on twitter – bare in mind this is not who has the most followers or who has the most popularity in general but who has the most influence. Which users have developed a engaging relationship with followers and have carved a niche with the power to influence the world wide web.

  1. Steve Forbes
When Steve Forbes posts an opinion, people of power listen. His following consists of movers and shakers in many industries and his tweets have become a source for those who want to keep a finger on the pulse of the global economy. What you hear from Steve’s Tweets often come days before the mainstream market media catches note.

2. Sir Richard Branson

With six million devout followers and allot of charitable influences, Sir Richard Branson has used his Twitter to generate awareness to many global charities. With his Tweets he has literally helped change the world by having social media campaigns of change.

3. Mark Cuban

Some of the younger crowd knows him simply as one of “The Sharks” or the loud mouth owner of the Dallas Mavericks. But Mark Cuban has been a legend in silicon valley for years and has no buffer when it comes to his Twitter page. He has given his followers free books and continues to inspire and uplift (and anger) many with his tweets.

8. Dalai Lama 

The Dalai Lama has taken a ancient way of life and turned it into a influential modern Twitter page. His quotes of wisdom get retweeted by the tens of thousands and spark inspiration in the hearts of people from all walks of life in many nations.

9. Russell Simmons 

Much like Taylor Swift and Anthony Robbins he has built a very deep and profound relationship with the followers he has. When he is not impacting pop culture with his tweets he is giving words of wisdom that uplift and inspire.

10. Justin Bieber 

Justin Drew Bieber is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Bieber released his debut EP, My World, in late 2009. It has been certified platinum in the United States. With 69.5 Million followers on Twitter and only 30 thousand tweets this artist has some dangerous influence.