TIME magazine’s top Twitter Feeds - 15 Irish make the cut

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Just one week after Twitter’s fifth birthday TIME magazine has announced the "top 140 Twitter feed that are shaping the conversation". We sifted through their results from an extensive survey and found the 15 Irish and Irish Americans who made the cut.

Over the past five years the micro-blogging site has racked up more than 175 million users and over a billion tweets per week. It has become and international forum for sharing information and creating debate.

A brilliant example of how this site has made the world even smaller is the speed at which it allows us to communicate. At the beginning of March Twitter set a record of 6,939 tweets per second immediately after the 9.0 earthquake in Japan, 177 million tweets were posted that day.

Here's a low down of our most influential Irish and Irish american tweeters and their latest tweets:

1. Sarah Palin- former governor of Alaska


"Hope FOX re-airs Greta's special. Very good. MT "@gretawire: re-air tape of Ferraro responding, called a racist..fox news channel to see it""

2.  Neil Patrick Harris- actor "How I Met Your Mother"


" Muu haa haa! Muu HA haaa haaaaaa! First the book, then... the WORLD!! http://twe.ly/Jfhb"

3. Stephen Colbert- political satirist, writer, comedian, television host, and actor


"I'm glad I did that segment about unions, though I would've walked out in the middle if it spilled over into my break time."

4. Maureen Johnson - children's author


"I have lots of good things coming up for the RELEASE of The Last Little Blue Envelope. SO MANY GOOD THINGS . . . *smiles*"  

5. Conan O’Brien - television host, comedian, writer, producer and performer


“Had that dream again last night where the GEICO lizard makes me hold his legs down while he does sit-ups.”

6. Sean Hannity - radio and television host, author, and conservative political commentator


“@LyndaMick & @ElishaKrauss are jealous. RT @AndreaTantaros Me & Bradley Cooper at Fox. Talk about job perks! http://twitpic.com/4eoby7