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: March 2019
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…
1. Vitalik “Not giving away ETH” Buterin
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VitalikButerin Website: http://vitalik.ca About: See https://about.me/vitalik_buterin Not giving away ETH. For inquiries about me advising your ICO, please email: email@example.com
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.
2. Charlie Lee [LTC]
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SatoshiLite Website: http://litecoin.org About: Creator of Litecoin. Cryptocurrency Enthusiast. Ex-Director of Engineering at Coinbase. Managing Director of the Litecoin Foundation.
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.
3. John McAfee
Twitter: https://twitter.com/officialmcafee Website: http://McAfeeMarketNews.com About: The power we are seeking to unleash with the 2020 campaign is not the power of John McAfee. It is the power of the individual.
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.
4. Andreas M. Antonopoulos
Twitter: https://twitter.com/aantonop Website: https://patreon.com/aantonop About: Bitcoin, open blockchains, security. entrepreneur, coder, atheist, pacifist, pilot. Author of: Mastering Bitcoin, The Internet of Money, Mastering Ethereum.
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.
5. Roger Ver
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rogerkver Website: https://www.bitcoin.com About: World’s first Investor in Bitcoin startups including https://t.co/by6ZmukKd4, https://t.co/dTLdWRhiXj, https://t.co/PLTxag4smR, BitPay, Kraken, Purse.io & interested in Voluntaryism
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.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/naval Website: https://medium.com/@noahmadden/navalism-quotes-perceptions-by-naval-ravikant-a5fd60ac5788 About: Present.
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.
7. Erik Voorhees
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.
8. Nick Szabo⚡️
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.
9. Justin Sun
Twitter: https://twitter.com/justinsuntron Website: http://tron.network About: @tronfoundation丨@BitTorrent丨@utorrent丨The First Millennial Graduate of Hupan University Founded By Jack Ma From @alibabagroup #TRON #TRX $TRX #BTT $BTT
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.
10. Brian Armstrong
Twitter: https://twitter.com/brian_armstrong Website: https://www.coinbase.com/careers About: Co-founder & CEO at @Coinbase Co-founder @GiveCrypto Building an open financial system for the world. Join us: https://coinbase.com/careers
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.
11. Fred Wilson
13. Chris Dixon
14. Tuur Demeester
16. Jameson Lopp
17. Barry Silbert
Twitter: https://twitter.com/barrysilbert Website: http://www.dcg.co About: Founder/CEO @DCGco, parent of @GrayscaleInvest, @GenesisTrading @CoinDesk @Metaverse_VC & investor in 100+ cos, $BTC $ETC $ZEC $MANA $ZEN, etc.
18. Adam Back
Twitter: https://twitter.com/adam3us Website: http://www.cypherspace.org/adam/ About: cypherpunk, cryptographer, privacy/ecash, inventor hashcash (used in Bitcoin mining) PhD Comp Sci http://adam3.us Co-Founder/CEO https://blockstream.com/
19. Pomp 🌪
Twitter: https://twitter.com/APompliano Website: http://offthechainmerchandise.com About: Founder & Partner at Morgan Creek Digital. I write a daily email newsletter analyzing crypto news for institutional investors: https://offthechain.substack.com/
20. Luke Martin
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VentureCoinist Website: https://www.venturecoinist.com/ About: Trader. I do a daily livestream analyzing major trends, new trade ideas, and more here: https://www.trycryptosync.com/.
21. Tone Vays [#Bitcoin]
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ToneVays Website: http://ToneVays.com About: Derivatives Trader, Analyst & YouTube Content Creator in the realm of #Economics, #Finance, #Blockchain & #Bitcoin. Host of @Crypto_Scam & @Unconfiscatable
22. Peter Brandt
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PeterLBrandt Website: http://peterlbrandt.com About: Trader of classical charting principles since 1980. Author, #1 Amazon trading book Diary of a Professional Commodity Trader. Publisher of weekly Factor Service
23. Vinny Lingham
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VinnyLingham Website: http://www.vinnylingham.com About: CEO @CivicKey ($CVC), building global blockchain ID platform. General Partner @multicoincap/@newtownpartners Expect Crypto/Bitcoin tweets, often sarcastically.
24. Ari Paul
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AriDavidPaul Website: https://twitter.com/businessinsider/status/943979396758618113 About: Student. https://thecryptocurrencyinvestor.com/2017/10/30/disclaimers-and-disclosures/
25. Charlie Shrem
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CharlieShrem Website: http://CharlieShrem.com About: Bitcoin pioneer / Founding Director https://bitcoinfoundation.org/ / Founder https://cryptoiq.co/ / Contributor @HackerNoon / Speaker / Coffee enthusiast
26. Peter Todd
27. Jimmy Song
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jimmysong Website: http://programmingblockchain.com About: Bitcoin Educator, Developer and Entrepreneur. Book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1492031496/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1492031496&linkCode=as2&tag=jimmysong-20&linkId=4370ea37a361e0ca61b1fafc73507869 PGP Fingerprint: C1D7 97BE 7D10 5291 228C D70C FAA6 17E3 2679 E455
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CryptoYoda1338 Website: https://cryptoyoda1338.wordpress.com/ About: Crypto Enthusiast, Technical Analyst, I’m breathing charts, I’m living Crypto. Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
29. Gavin Andresen
30. CRYPTO CO฿AIN
31. Crypto Rand
34. Crypto Bull
35. Chris Burniske
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cburniske Website: http://placeholder.vc About: Partner @placeholdervc, a venture firm working to decentralize data, wealth, and power; Co-author of #Cryptoassets 📔; formerly led crypto @ARKinvest
36. Balaji S. Srinivasan
Twitter: https://twitter.com/balajis Website: https://balajis.com About: CTO of Coinbase and cofounder of Counsyl, Earn, Teleport, Coin Center. I hear this Bitcoin thing might be kind of a big deal. Contact: https://earn.com/balajis
37. Jihan Wu
38. Max Keiser
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AngeloBTC About: Whale Whisperer | Crypto Trader | Bitcoin / Altcoins
40. Samson Mow
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Excellion Website: http://www.excellion.com About: CSO @Blockstream, CEO @Pixelmatic, 25% of @magicalcrypto, company builder, entrepreneur, founder, exec producer, game dev, marketing strategist, & coffee lover.
41. Joseph Young
Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamjosephyoung Website: http://iamjosephyoung.com About: Analyst and investor, focusing on finance, cryptocurrency, fintech. Contributing/ed to @Forbes @BinaryDistrict @Cointelegraph @CryptoSlate @NewsBTC
42. Ryan Selkis
Twitter: https://twitter.com/twobitidiot Website: https://messari.io/registry About: founder @messaricrypto (acquired @onchainfx) | formerly: @consensys @coindesk @dcgco | strong opinions are mine (and weakly held)
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CryptoHustle Website: https://cryptohustle.com/bitmexfutures About: Semi-retired crypto trader. *Nothing I say is meant as financial advice. Trading and crypto can be high risk. http://cryptohustle.com/
44. Joseph Lubin
45. Fred Ehrsam
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FEhrsam About: @paradigm. Previously co-founder @coinbase.
46. Willy Woo
Twitter: https://twitter.com/zooko Website: https://z.cash/ About: http://www.ketotic.org/ / https://LeastAuthority.com / I sometimes tweet links to things I disagree with or disbelieve, but never things I haven’t read.
48. Meltem Demirors
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Melt_Dem Website: https://www.meltemdemirors.com/ About: making benevolent mischief. building products @CoinSharesCo. investing, advising, lurking in the trollbox. teaching @MIT @UniofOxford.
49. Laura Shin
Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurashin Website: http://unchainedpodcast.com/ About: Crypto journalist; Host of https://unchainedpodcast.com/ & https://unchainedpodcast.com/category/unconfirmed/ Sign up for my weekly newsletter! Nocoiner. Writing a book about crypto
51. Michael Novogratz
52. The Crypto Dog📈
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheCryptoDog About: STEM PhD drop out / $crypto-trading dog🐕 Started mining #bitcoin in 2011. Full-time #blockchain investor / market commentator. Inquiries: email@example.com
53. Riccardo Spagni
Twitter: https://twitter.com/fluffypony Website: https://getmonero.org About: Breather, Thought Follower, Cereal Intrepreneur. Director of Skullduggery at the Institute for Lemonade Studies. I do other stuff too.
54. Michael Arrington
55. Crypto Cred
56. CNBC Crypto Trader
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cryptomanran About: CNBC CRYPTOTRADER host.Founder Onchain Capital/Advisory.Blockchain Optimist. Had 4 good calls in the Bull market..DYOR. Disclosures: https://Cryptomanran.com/
57. Bitcoin Dad
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThisIsNuse Website: https://www.binance.com/?ref=11188616 About: Father, Full-time Trader & Miner. Digital Asset Assessment and Degradation. From Genesis to Delisting. #Altcoin #Bitcoin #CryptoCurrency | $VEIL adviser
59. Emin Gün Sirer
60. Alistair Milne
Twitter: https://twitter.com/alistairmilne Website: http://www.alistairmilne.com About: Investor / entrepreneur. Focused on Bitcoin & startups / CIO — Altana Digital Currency Fund since 2014 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cryptomocho Website: http://www.cryptobet.online/site/signup.php?cp=casa1 About: CRYPTO IS THE ANSWER tip jar 3GtCLM5anpzdZvv77e1xqzsC3D1Qiw8mwC
62. Tim Draper
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cryptoSqueeze About: ฿ Full Time Crypto ฿ ✦Since 2013✦ Trader-Investor-Venture Capitalist- Featured in @cointelegraph & @HuffPost ✦ Tweets are not financial advice ✦
64. Jeff Garzik
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CryptoDonAlt About: Teaching, investing and trading cryptocurrencies. E-Mail: CryptoDonAlt@gmx.net
66. Tyler Winklevoss
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tylerwinklevoss Website: https://winklevosscapital.com About: Co-Founder & CEO @Gemini • Principal of @WinklevossCap • Olympian • Follow me: https://t.co/fEIAGhuIvI, http://Instagram.com/tylerwinklevoss
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cryptopathic About: discontinued
68. Neeraj K. Agrawal
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SecretsOfCrypto About: Crypto altcoin trader & investor. All things cryptocurrency, bitcoin, trading, mining, btc, blockchain, decentralization, TA
Twitter: https://twitter.com/loomdart About: shift delegate loomdart email@example.com I invented bitcoin in 2009 Su Zhu fan page
71. 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!
72. dark pill
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.
74. Tulips de’ Medici
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cryptodemedici About: altar server for the church of bitcoin maximalism
75. 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
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Crypto_Bitlord Website: https://www.instagram.com/crypto_bitlord About: Former #cryptocurrency expert now focused on building brands, products and services. #Nutraceuticals #LifeScience & #Algae
77. Pieter Wuille
78. Spencer Bogart
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CremeDeLaCrypto Website: http://www.Blockchain.Capital About: Partner at Blockchain Capital. Investing in people, companies, protocols and tokens building future of crypto. Former Bitcoin Analyst and VP at Needham & Co.
79. Vlad Zamfir
Twitter: https://twitter.com/brucefenton Website: http://www.brucefenton.com About: CEO /founder Atlantic Financial, Chainstone Labs, Satoshi Roundtable, Board of Medici Ventures, #DigitalSecurities, Austrian Econ, comic geek, father & husband
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jason Website: http://www.thisweekinstartups.com About: Angel: @uber @thumbtack @wealthfront @datastax @robinhoodapp @desktopmetal @calm @inside @launch https://www.angelthebook.com/ Hong Kong, Jan 25 Sydney, June 17–20
83. Ƀrock PiErce 🦄🎩🙏🏼
Twitter: https://twitter.com/brockpierce Website: http://www.blockchaincapital.com About: (Re)start, ONE, Blockchain Capital, EOS, DNA, Tether, Chairman Bitcoin Foundation, Mastercoin — Working to positively impact the lives of billions of people
84. Eric Lombrozo
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
86. John Bollinger
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bbands Website: http://www.BollingerBands.com About: Technical Analyst, Inventor of Bollinger Bands Bitcoin:1E4XBT6THnVUEpCdHkMZimkSVNRsniMFXE Litecoin:LUx6KLiHdc2yWP6gNUeaRdY32XwLbmhpMe
87. Peter McCormack #FreeRoss
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PeterMcCormack Website: https://www.whatbitcoindid.com About: 15 Years Bitcoin — Guru — Expert — Visionary — Evangelist — ICO Advisor — Thought leader — Instagram influencer — Tech Titan — Mommy Blogger — Lord of the Dance
88. ฿ully esq.
89. Cameron Winklevoss
Twitter: https://twitter.com/winklevoss Website: http://gemini.com About: Co-Founder & President @Gemini • Principal @WinklevossCap • Olympian • Follow me: https://t.co/DEwQKc1BLA, https://instagram.com/winklevoss
90. 🐔ActualAdvice BTC
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ActualAdviceBTC Website: https://steemit.com/bitcoin/@actualadvice/actualadvicebtc-s-101-cryptocurrency-trading-guide About: Official twitter. I trade boutique cryptocurrencies aka shitcoins.
91. Brad Garlinghouse
92. Nik Patel
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cointradernik Website: http://www.altcointradersblog.com About: Best-selling author of ‘An Altcoin Trader’s Handbook’, out now: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/198617011X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=198617011X&linkCode=as2&tag=cointradernik-21&linkId=753e0e4ec4e3d21bd6e272ca430ca777 .
93. Arthur Hayes
95. Jon Matonis
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonmatonis Website: http://bitcoinproject.org About: Monetary Economist | Founding Director at Bitcoin Foundation | CEO of Hushmail | Startup Team at RSA’s VeriSign | Chief Currency Dealer at VISA
96. Nick Cote — Pizpie
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mBTCPizpie Website: http://redactedcapital.com/ About: Bitcoin since 2013 — Trader — Analyst — OTC — Tweets are my own opinion, not financial advice. #bitcoin #blockchain https://www.squaremining.com/
97. Nicola Duke
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NicTrades Website: http://www.youtube.com/nictrades About: Trader. RAF Veteran. Technical Analyst. Educator. INTJ. Compete with Yourself, Cooperate with Others. KoinKween™️ Ƀ 🏴
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sicarious_ About: Semi-retired crypto trader. I am not your investment advisor.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkingUSD Website: https://www.bitmex.com/register/ir2Xqa About: Prop trader. Crypto Margin Trading. No donations, I actually make money trading. Floodbitcoin@protonmail.com 📞🐋
100. Cynthia Johnson
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CynthiaLIVE Website: http://cynthialive.com About: Co-Founder/CEO http://bellivy.com Entrepreneur, Keynote & Author | Join my #BizTipChat Tues 1pm PT | I’ve got 5 min, let’s connect! firstname.lastname@example.org
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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