The article evaluates the pattern of links in a Twitter network based on two criteria: the number of people who follow a given economist (followers) and the number of messages forwarded to other users (retweets). This analysis of the Twitter network of top German economists, measured by both followers and retweets, shows that most of them are relatively well connected. Overall, Twitter has opened up a potential space for academic communication among economists. It also shows that a very high pro - portion of the retweets of their contributions originate from people outside the economists’ network. Germany’s top economists obviously have an influence on the socioeconomic discourse.