Top 8 Social Media Influencers

Top 8 Social Media Influencers

According to recent statistics, approximately 45% of the world's population uses social media. This has led to the rise of influencers, social media users, who convince their audience to do something like buy a product or go to a specific place. Social media influencers gain followers through celebrity, special skills and/or knowledge, and the most important influencers are those who have a broad support base on multiple social media platforms. Check out the top 8 influencers in social media now.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (often known as Cristiano Ronaldo) is a Portuguese footballer considered by many fans to be the best professional footballer in the world. He currently plays for Italian football club Juventus (or Juve) and captains the Portuguese national football team. Ronaldo, a five-time FIFA Player of the Year, has supermodel good looks in addition to his athleticism.

Total followers of three sites: 406.6 million Instagram: 202 million followers Facebook: 122 million followers Twitter: 82.6 million followers

2. Justin Bieber

One of the most influential people in the world when it comes to social media is Canadian pop singer and actor Justin Bieber. He was discovered on YouTube in 2008 and now has a strong presence on the social media platform as well as on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. In addition to his music and acting career, Bieber is now enjoying his marriage to American model and TV personality Hailey Baldwin Bieber.

Total followers across four sites: 362.7 million YouTube: 50.6 million subscribers Instagram: 127 million followers Facebook: 76 million followers Twitter: 109,100 followers

3. Taylor Swift

Country singer/songwriter turned pop diva, Taylor Swift has used her popular "girl next door" reputation to gain a massive following on social media. Techniques like interacting directly with fans and temporarily deleting her social media accounts have made Swift's followers more engaged and loyal than ever.

Total followers across four sites: 316.8 million YouTube: 37.1 million subscribers Instagram: 126 million followers Facebook: 68 million followers Twitter: 85.7 million followers

4. Ariana Grande

With numerous hit singles, albums, musical nominations and awards, Ariana Grande is one of the most popular pop artists in the world. Currently, Grande is the most-followed woman on Instagram, building her own fan base thanks to her fame and ability to connect with her followers through her personal posts.

Total followers across four sites: 316.7 million YouTube: 39.8 million subscribers Instagram: 174 million followers Facebook: 32.5 million followers Twitter: 70.4 million followers

5. Selena Gomez

Popular actress and singer Selena Gomez is so powerful on social media that she graced the cover of TIME magazine. She was credited as the first person to reach 100 million followers on Instagram in "TIME Firsts: Women Who Are Changing the World." Her apology to fans after the terror attack at her Manchester concert in 2017 became one of the most retweeted statements on Twitter, and she often uses her social media platform to promote charity.

Total followers across four sites: 316 million YouTube: 24.7 million subscribers Instagram: 168 million followers Facebook: 64 million followers Twitter: 59.9 million followers

6. Katy Perry

Pop star Katy Perry, who loves colorful retro styles, has also amassed a massive following on social media. In addition to her fame as an American singer and songwriter, she can now serve as a judge on the TV show "American Idol," adding TV judges to her roster.

Total followers across four sites: 297 million YouTube: 36.1 million subscribers Instagram: 89.5 million followers Facebook: 63 million followers Twitter: 108.4 million followers

7. Kim Kardashian West

Kim Kardashian West, who started as Paris Hilton's entourage on reality TV series "A Simple Life," continues on her family reality show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”. When she's not breaking the internet with racy photos these days, Kardashian West is a businesswoman, model, social media mogul and wife of rapper Kanye West.

Total followers across four sites: 252 million YouTube: 1.55 million subscribers Instagram: 159 million followers Facebook: 29 million followers Twitter: 63.2 million followers

8. Beyonce

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is one of those rare stars like Sting, Bono and Cher known only by their first names. The award-winning singer, songwriter, music producer and actress has built a huge fan base on multiple social media platforms with music videos, ultra-stylish photos and personal news such as her child's birth announcement.

Total followers across four sites: 233.4 million YouTube: 20 million subscribers Instagram: 140 million followers Facebook: 58 million followers Twitter: 15.4 million followers