These days, practically anyone and everyone are on Twitter – including the president, prime minister, and other heads of state. This is proof that social media is indeed a rising global phenomenon.
75% of World Leaders “Tweet”
According to a new survey by the Digital Policy Council or DPC, 75% of world leaders are on Twitter, or at least, have assigned staff to make sure that their presence is active online. The survey covered a total of 164 countries, 123 of which were found to have a leader who either has a personal Twitter account, or an official one being handled by his or her staff.
The reason remains unclear, however, on why only 164 countries were covered, when there are 193 states included in the United Nations. If all were included, the percentage would be different, of course.
World Leaders with the Most “Followers”
Notably, the world leader with the highest number of Twitter “followers” is United States President Barack Obama, whose Twitter account has more than 24 million followers. The second most “followed” world leader is President Hugo Chavez from Venezuela, who has more than 3.8 million followers on Twitter.
Advancing Governance through the Internet
Notably, the Digital Policy Council or DPC is a non-partisan, international “think tank” that seeks to advance discussions on issues such as governance through the use of the Internet. Specifically, it is the public advocacy and research arm of Digital Daya, a consultancy firm that encourages public leaders to utilize social media in communicating with the people and in carrying out government programs.