Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) have been a force to reckon with in the last few years.
They are known to call out individuals, situations, institutions and even countries deemed to have erred in one way or another.
BBC once described KOT as “a ferocious part of the Twitter landscape, often campaigning about a perceived injustice.”
More often than not, those implicated quickly move to remedy the situation or publicly acknowledge it.
Aside from criticizing the so-called wrongdoers, KOT are also renowned for raising awareness on the plight of the less fortunate in society.
In 2011, the Kenyans4Kenya campaign emerged as an intervention for victims of the drought that was touted to have been the worst in 60 years.
The late Bob Collymore, who was the Safaricom CEO, joined hands with the Kenya Red Cross, Media Owners Association and the then Kenya Commercial Bank Group boss Dr Martin Oduor-Otieno.
They led the Twitter campaign that raised raised over Ksh. 500million, according to the Daily Nation.
Fast forward to 2019 and another fundraising effort saw Kenyans raise over Ksh. 2.4million for Bianca Wambui after she appeared on the JKL show.
These are just but a few of the cases that became hot topics of conversations for Kenyans on Twitter (KOT).
On Friday, Adrian Ciesielski revealed a list of the top 10 Kenyan hashtags of the year.
He also listed top 10 influencers of the year (based on the number of times they have been RT’s or @’d):
Top 10 mentions:
The Top 10 Mentions in 2019
- @Milele_FM | 1,000,000+
- @radiomaisha | 780K +
- @citizentvkenya | 550K +
- @RadioCitizenFM | 470K +
- @Classic105Kenya | 380K +
- @EvahMwalili | 380K +
- @CatherineNdonye| 360K +
- @kbcenglish | 340K +
- @GhettoRadio895 | 330K +
- @williamsruto | 320K +
- 2019 Average Tweets Per Day: 370K
- 2019 Average Happy Sentiment: 61%
- 2019 Happiest Day: 12 Oct: Kipchoge Marathon Record
- 2019 Average Angry Sentiment: 39%
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