While Prime Minister Narendra Modi remained intact in the list of top 10 leaders in the world with the most Twitter followers, it was the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who broke into the list for the first time, an annual global Twitter ranking has revealed.
“@SushmaSwaraj is the most followed female world leader with 5 million followers at 10th spot, ahead of Jordan’s @QueenRania who has 4.7 million followers,” said the “2016 Twiplomacy” study by the global communications firm Burson-Marsteller.
US President Barack Obama is still the uncontested leader of the digital world. His @BarackObama Twitter account now has 75 million followers. He also leads the rankings on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Google+ with his campaign accounts, the study added.
Abdullah Bin Zayed, @ABZayed, Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates, is the second-most followed foreign minister with three million followers, with US Secretary of State @JohnKerry behind him with 1.3 million followers.
At third spot, Modi with his Twitter handle @NarendraModi has close to 20 million followers on his personal account and 11 million followers on his institutional account @PMOIndia, which is at the fourth place. Last year, Modi was at third place with more than six million followers.
According to the study, Twitter was used by world leaders or governments in 173 nations — equal to 90 percent of United Nations (UN) member states. Pope Francis (@Pontifex) is the second-most followed world leader with more than 28 million followers on his nine language accounts.