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Modi 2nd most influential world leader on Twitter after Trump

IANS  |  Geneva 

With over 42 million followers on his personal account, Indian is behind US (52 million) and Pope (47 million) but in terms of influence on the site, is the second most important world leader, a global study said on Tuesday.

With over 11 million followers, India's is not only the most followed female world but also the most followed in the world, according to the 2018 "Twiplomacy" study by -- a global communications agency.

The study analysed the activity of 951 accounts of heads of state and government and foreign ministers for a year -- from May 2017 to May 2018 -- using aggregate data from, a content discovery and social monitoring platform.

While currently has 43.4 million followers on Twitter, Trump has 53.4 million while Swaraj has 11.8 million followers.

Trump became the most followed world in October 2017 when he passed Pope (@Pontifex) who is the second most followed world with more than 47 million followers on his nine language accounts.

Trump's followers on his @realDonaldTrump account has more than doubled since taking office on January 20, 2017.

Tweets from the US generated 264 million interactions (likes and retweets) over the past 12 months, more than five times as many as Modi, with 52 million interactions, and 12 times as many as Pope Francis's tweets which generated 22 million interactions, the study showed.

As of May 18, 2018, the heads of state and government and foreign ministers of 187 countries had a presence on Twitter, representing 97 per cent of all 193 UN member states, the findings showed.

The governments of only six countries, namely Laos, Mauritania, Nicaragua, North Korea, and do not have an official presence on the platform, the study said.

Even the Chinese government's maintains a presence on Twitter, and

is the second-most popular network among government leaders, and it is where they have the biggest audience, according to the study.

Facebook-owned has become the third-most popular for governments, with 81 per cent of all UN member states having set up an account and many of them are sharing daily stories.



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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 18:50 IST