Alex Salmond tops Scots political Twitter league

First Minister Alex Salmond has the most followers of any Scottish politician on Twitter. Pic: SWNS - MASONS - HEMEDIA
First Minister Alex Salmond has the most followers of any Scottish politician on Twitter. Pic: SWNS - MASONS - HEMEDIA
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ALEX Salmond has almost as many Twitter followers as all Labour’s MSPs combined.

The First Minister easily tops the Twitter table of Holyrood politicians with a total of 62,939 people following him on the microblogging site. Labour’s 38 MSPs together have 66,000 followers.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is second with 42,197 followers and Green MSP Patrick Harvie is third with 15,001.

All the other top ten slots are occupied by SNP MSPs – Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, MSP for Edinburgh Eastern, is sixth with 10,507 followers and Culture Secretary 
FIona Hyslop, MSP for Linlithgow, is at number nine with 8200.

Other Edinburgh and Lothian MSPs range from Edinburgh Western SNP MSP Colin Keir’s 357 followers to Lothian Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale’s 6531, though some Holyrood politicians, including Midlothian South SNP MSP Christine Grahame, do not use Twitter at all.

Prime Minister David Cameron has a total of 662,000 followers and US president Barack Obama has 42.8 million.

However, when it comes to overall online influence, as measured by a so-called Klout score, taking into account interactions across a number of social media sites, Ms Sturgeon emerges at 83 out of 100, well ahead of Mr Salmond on 70.

Mr Cameron is on 92 and Ed Miliband 87.