The power list: Top 20 Java influencers of 2018


All influential people have something in common: they can spread ideas faster and better than anyone else. We are aware that following these people has a handful of perks, including staying on top of the latest news and trends. Therefore, we decided to concoct a list of Twitter accounts all Java fans should follow. The analysis ranks the top accounts in accordance with their social influence, although interestingly enough, not all household names of Java evangelists are on the list. Nevertheless, we are very proud of the list that we came up with.

This year we really looked for the right combination of quality content, social credibility and a strong voice in the community. There are some big names in the software development world many of us probably know of and some of them do have a wide reach in the Twittersphere, but we were looking for the ones who make a change today, the movers and shakers of Java in the social world in 2018. We decided to save the honorary spots for two names we are sure anyone in the Java community appreciates, though we didn’t add them to the infographic so we could really focus on the grassroots level of the Java network.

Step 1: Infographic

Congratulations to all influencers who made it into our top 20!

Check out the JAX London blog for the detailed scores.


We first generated a list of twenty thousand Java-related Twitter accounts (including all accounts that contain the keyword Java in their bio or in any of their tweets.)

To score the account and rank them accordingly, we analyzed their social authority and reach using two key metrics: MozRank and Kred.

Moz Social Authority Score: Social Authority score is composed of:

    1. The retweet rate of users’ last few hundred tweets.
    2. The recency of those tweets.
    3. A retweet-based model trained on user profile data.

Visit this MOZ blog post for more in-depth information.

Kred Score: Kred Influence Measurement, or Kred, is a website created by PeopleBrowsr that attempts to measure online social influence. Read more in the Kred scoring guide.

Step 2: Interview series with Java influencers

Now that you’ve met this year’s top 20 Java influencers, it’s time to see why they deserve to be called influencers. We asked 10 questions and we received great answers. Next week you’ll learn more about their favorite Java 11 features, what they expect to see in Java 12, what’s left to axe and more. Stay tuned!

Java influencers then and now

As mentioned above, the analysis ranks the top accounts according to their social influence, although interestingly enough, not all household names of Java evangelists are on the list. 

Have a look at last year’s list and find out who’s still there, who has left and who had a higher/lower score.


If you want to meet the movers and shakers in the Java world, don’t miss JAX London, a four-day conference taking place October 8-11, 2018. We have a few surprises for you!