Obama revealed as big hitter on Twitter

Barack Obama has been revealed as the leaders’ leader when it comes to Tweeting.

Researchers at The Digital Policy Council found that the US president is the most followed head of state in the world on Twitter with 5.6 million followers.

In second place is the Number 10 Downing Street Twitter page, boasting 1.7 million followers.

However, although Obama has his own Twitter page, researchers noted that PM David Cameron is not so au fait with putting his own stamp on the social networking world.

The report stated: “Notwithstanding calls from his own conservative (sic) party for a “big hitter on Twitter”, UK Prime Minister David Cameron does not personally tweet and all communications refer to him in the third party.”

Not far behind the team of Tweeters at No 10 is fruity Queen Rania of Jordan with 1.4 million followers. According to her Twitter page, her followers include our very own TV chef Jamie Oliver. And, randomly, she in turn follows the Naked Chef.

Also in the Top 10 world leader Tweeters are President Chaves of Venezuela – after being a relatively late adopter of Twitter (he didn’t join until April) he’s already claimed the fourth spot.

He is followed by Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai.

Researchers noted that the analysis of October 2012 revealed that 20 percent – or one out of five heads of state – were on Twitter.

And 33 world leaders out of 163 countries had accounts on Twitter set up in their personal name or through an official government office – representing a 50 percent increase in the number of countries compared to the last quarter of 2009.

The World Leaders on Twitter updated Ranking Report noted: “Now world leaders in public administration and public policy innovation, such as those spearheaded in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Australia and Japan, are leading a vital and wide-ranging transformation of government by attempting to create digital platforms that public citizenry and businesses can use to make themselves stronger and help improve the impact of government programs – the phenomena has been labeled Government 2.0.

“The strategy behind Government 2.0 is to apply the social networking and integration advantages of Web 2.0 to the practice of government.

“Governments with no platforms or policy to engage their citizenry and the global community on the Net will find themselves vulnerable for 21st Century politics.”

Top 10 World Leader Rankings on Twitter


1. President Barack Obama, US, 5,624,691 followers

2. 10 Downing Street (Prime Minister David Cameron), UK, 1,754,081

3. Queen of Jordan Rania Al Abdullah, Jordan, 1,365,722

4. President Hugo Chavez, Venezuela, 936,740

5. Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, Japan, 677,566

6. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE, 351,817

7. President Sebastián Piñera, Chile, 227,009

8 President Felipe Calderón, Mexico, 223,980

9 Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, Thailand, 137,130

10 President Abdullah Gul, Turkey, 103,609