The CBC Community's top Twitter users of 2013
After carefully reading through all of your Tweets, comments and emails, we put the most popular candidates to a vote.
Up until Friday night, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield was in the clear lead, followed by Toronto Police Sargent Chris Boddy and the incredibly popular Stats Canada parody account.
But, true to their nature as die-hard supporters of all things Justin Bieber, it would appear as though the Beliebers found our poll.
By Saturday afternoon, the Ontario-born pop star had surged into the lead, blowing all of our other candidates out of the water by a margin of thousands.
Hey, what can we say? This is the internet.
Here are your top five tweeters of 2013, as voted upon by the CBC Community (and what appear to be many, many Justin Bieber fans.)
1. Justin Bieber: We'd be remiss not to include Justin Bieber on our list. The Straford, Ont. native and international popstar is the second-most followed Twitter user in the world, with an incredibly active feed and strong digital fan base.
2. Chris Hadfield: Canadian astronaut and all-around social media rockstar. Hadfield lived aboard the International Space Station as Commander of Expedition 35 for five months this year, prolifically sharing his adventures with his fans on Twitter, YouTube, Reddit and Facebook.
3. Chris Boddy: Toronto Police Service Staff Sgt. Chris Boddy caught the attention of Katie Couric, along with hundreds of thousands of others on the social network earlier this year with a highly-retweeted message about the importance of kindness. He's one of Twitter's most active police officers in Canada and a well-regarded member of the Canadian Twitter community.
4. Stats Canada Parody: With more than 230,000 followers, the Stats Canada parody account delights people both in Canada and abroad with its witty fake statistics. The account is so successful that it's inspired a book: Stats Canada: Satire On A National Scale.
5. George Stroumboulopoulos: When we asked CBC Community members to name their top picks on Twitter, one name came up again and again: Strombo. The host of CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight has earned more than 400,000 followers with his social media savvy and ability to identify and share the best of what's up online. Replay our live chat with him here.
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