Skip to comments.Pope Francis named 'most influential' world leader on Twitter
Posted on 07/27/2013 1:57:30 PM PDT by NYer
A new global communications report calls Pope Francis the most influential world leader on Twitter, who has the second-largest following among world leaders on the fast-paced social media network.
Although Pope Francis does not engage with other Twitter users ... his Spanish tweets are re-tweeted on average more than 11,000 times, making him the most influential world leader on Twitter, the Switzerland-based public relation and communications firm Burson-Marsteller announced July 24.
The firm's Twiplomacy report examined the presence and influence of world leaders on Twitter, a social network where users can publish messages of 140 characters or less, called tweets. Those who follow someone on Twitter can share tweets by re-tweeting them.
The report found that Pope Francis Spanish-language tweets are re-tweeted an average of 11,116 times. His English-language tweets are re-tweeted by an average of 8,219 followers.
His closest competitor by this measure is President Barack Obama, whose tweets are re-tweeted on average 2,309 times.
By this standard, Pope Francis is by far the most influential Twitter user, the report said.
Benedict XVI launched the Pontifex Twitter account on December 12 and built an audience of several million before his February 28 resignation. Pope Francis continued Pope Benedicts practice of sending short messages reflecting on Jesus and the Christian life after his March 13 election to the papacy.
Burson-Marsteller said the growth of the papal presence on Twitter over the last six months has been phenomenal.
Pope Francis now has over 7.2 million followers on Twitter across eight accounts. Besides the English-language Pontifex account and the Spanish-language Pontifex_es account, he tweets in six other languages: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Latin and Portuguese. His Latin-language account alone has over 130,000 followers.
The Pope is the second most followed world leader on Twitter, after President Obama who has 33.5 million followers.
The Twiplomacy report ranked the White House as the third most followed, with a combined 4 million English- and-Spanish-language followers. Turkeys President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan are the fourth and fifth most followed, with 3.4 million followers each.
The report is based on July 2013 data collected on 505 heads of state and government, foreign ministers, and their institutions in 153 countries.
Seems like the Pope is a given for a Nobel Peace prize.
I wish that he, or some other Christian leader, was the most influential and I imagine that he wishes that as well.
However, the evidence does not point in that direction.
"U.S. President @BarackObama is still the most followed world leader on Twitter with 33,510,157 followers as of 1 July 2013 and is the fourth most popular account in the Twitterverse, just behind Lady Gaga. Pope Francis is the second most followed world leader with 7,200,332 followers on his nine different @Pontifex accounts. The White House is in third position with 4,018,510 followers @WhiteHouse and the @LaCasaBianca accounts combined. Turkish President Abdullah Gül (@cbabdullahgul) and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (@RT_Erdogan) are among the top five most followed world leaders with 3.4 million followers each."
Pope is most influential, second most-followed world leader on Twitter
By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis is the most influential world leader on Twitter, with the highest number of retweets worldwide.
He also is the second most-followed leader of the world, running behind -- albeit by a long stretch -- U.S. President Barack Obama.
Yes, that’s about what I was thinking.
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