According to a recent study that analyzed over two billion tweets, it’s not all about having lots of followers. Some of the most influential twitterers have few followers:

“Having a million follows may not be everything in terms of influence,” said Meeyoung Cha, of Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Software Systems… In relative terms, she said, one of Twitter’s most influential users turned out to be a librarian who had few followers but a high rate of success at having messages mentioned or forwarded.

This should be a consolation to those twitterers with only a handful few followers.