Are World Leaders Controlling Us Through Twitter? Probably Not, But Most of Them Are on There Anyway, Study Reports

It’s not just President Barack Obama who finds Twitter very useful in communicating with the citizens about his latest projects and sharing photos of his wife and kids. Other world leaders have found Twitter useful in communicating with their countries’ citizens in 140 characters or less.

In fact, a recent study by Digital Daya points out that 75 percent of the world’s heads of states and governments — or about 123 people — have a Twitter account. Some accounts, like Russian President Vladimir Putin’s, are merely news feeds, while others, like Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves’, actually like to tweet and retweet their thoughts on current issues and bicker publicly with pundits like Paul Krugman.

So who’s the world’s most followed head-of-state? Obama takes the crown with more than 25 million followers on his official campaign account and, if Digital Daya included his official White House account, his total followers would bump to nearly 29 million. Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez comes at a distant second with 3.8 million Twitter followers, though he hasn’t tweeted lately because of his illness. Rounding up the top 10 head-of-state on Twitter are the leaders of Turkey, Jordan, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates.

Want to see how your leader is ranked on Twitter? Read the report here.

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