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Modi surpasses White House on Twitter

Modi surpasses White House on Twitter
Prime minister Narendra Modi, the fourth most ‘followed’ world leader on Twitter, has overtaken the White House in terms of number of followers on the microblogging site, an annual global study of world leaders on Wednesday revealed. According to Twiplomacy, a study conducted by global public relations and communications firm Burson-Marsteller, US President is the most followed leader on Twitter followed by Pope Francis, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Modi and the White House.

‘Since his election in late May 2014, India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become the fourth-most followed world leader on Twitter, with 4,981,777 followers. He surpassed the United States White House account (4,980,207) today and is using Twitter as a power tool to broadcast his messages,’ the updated study said. Earlier in the day, the study had said: ‘He is expected to surpass the US White House account (4,973,061 followers), within the next days and is using Twitter as a power tool to broadcast his messages.’ But it later updated the study with including today’s figures. According to the study, Obama has 43 million followers, Pope Francis has 14 million and Yudhoyono has five million followers.

Pope Francis is the most influential world leader on Twitter. His Spanish tweets are retweeted on average more than 10,000 times each. The tweets of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro are retweeted 2,000 times. In comparison, Obama’s tweets are only retweeted an average 1,400 times each, despite his massive following, it said.
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