@YouTube maintains its top spot as the premier brand on Twitter, with its more than 30 million followers placing it first ahead of @Instagram and even @Twitter itself.

Yep. The official @Twitter account is only the third most-followed brand on its own social platform, and twelfth amongst all profiles, with a whisker over 21 million followers. However, combined with @twitter_es, the official Spanish Twitter profile, and its 12.6 million followers, it would rank first overall.

One notable change this update: @Facebook climbs four places up to 7th as it closes on 10 million followers. Meanwhile, @Twitpic falls back to 10th.

The Top 20 Brands On Twitter

1. YouTube (@YouTube, 30,542,900 followers)
2. Instagram (@instagram, 23,022,253)
3. Twitter (@twitter, 21,181,836)
4. Twitter en español (@twitter_es, 12,608,227)
5. CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk, 12,398,3804)
6. UberSocial (@UberSoc, 10,548,844)
7. Facebook (@Facebook, 9,905,829)
8. FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona, 9,475,332)
9. CNN (@cnn, 9,368,645)
10. TwitPic (@twitpic, 9,010,205)
11. The New York Times (@nytimes, 8,797,650)
12. MTV (@MTV, 8,739,9562)
13. Real Madrid F.C. (@realmadrid, 8,209,386)
14. NBA (@NBA, 7,691,887)
15. ESPN (@espn, 6,795,244)
16. BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking, 6,461,8879)
17. A Googler (@google, 6,409,090)
18. Funny Or Die (@funnyordie, 6,357,556)
19. Breaking News (@BreakingNews, 5,911,482)
20. OMG Facts (@OMGFacts, 5,686,314)

(Source: Twitter Counter.)