TIL Desk/National/Geneva/With over 42 million followers on his personal Twitter account, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is behind US President Donald Trump (52 million) and Pope Francis (47 million) but in terms of influence on the micro-blogging site, PM Modi is the second most important world leader, a global study said today.
With over 11 million followers, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is not only the most followed female world leader but also the most followed foreign minister in the world, according to the 2018 “Twiplomacy” study by BCW — a global communications agency.
The study analysed the activity of 951 Twitter accounts of heads of state and government and foreign ministers for a year — from May 2017 to May 2018 — using aggregate data from Crowdtangle.com, a content discovery and social monitoring platform. While PM Modi currently has 43.4 million followers on Twitter, Donald Trump has 53.4 million while Ms Swaraj has 11.8 million followers.
Donald Trump became the most followed world leader in October 2017 when he passed Pope Francis (@Pontifex) who is the second most followed world leader 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.