Who is the most influential person on Twitter

A new study shows U.S. President Barack Obama is still by far the most followed world leader on Twitter, but Pope Francis is considered the most influential by the number of his messages retweeted.

The annual Twiplomacy analysis of Twitter accounts released by Burson-Marsteller shows nearly 57 million people following Obama, up from 44 million last year. Pope Francis was next with 19.5 million followers on nine language accounts, up from 14 million in 2014.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had nearly 11 million followers, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had more than 6 million, and the White House had almost 6 million followers.

Pope Francis’ words were spread widest, with an average of 9,929 retweets per tweet, compared to Obama in fourth place with 1,210

Another finding from the study is that Spanish is the Most Tweeted Language

World leaders tweet in 54 different languages, and English is by far the lingua franca of digital diplomacy. However, the 74 Spanish language accounts are far more prolific, making Spanish the most tweeted language among world leaders.

French is the third most-used language , followed by Arabic, Russian, Portuguese, Ukrainian, Turkish, Croatian, Bahasa Indonesian, Korean, Japanese, and German.

See more at http://twiplomacy.com/blog/twiplomacy-study-2015/#section-15


28 thoughts on “Who is the most influential person on Twitter

  1. Remembered something about speaking different languages gives rise to different thought patterns, so I went hunting. Didn’t find much. Found that English has comparatively recently brought the present continuous into use. “I am walking” rather than “I walk”, which would then be extended to “I walk to the letter box” or to the beach, for instance. German is one of many languages which don’t use the -ing equivalent.

    I wonder what difference this might make to different language translations of the Bible


    • That is why Indonesian is such an easy language to learn. There is no past or future tense.

      I walk to the shop now
      I walk to the shop yesterday.
      I walk to the shop tomorrow.

      For plural of words you just repeat the same word twice.

      book buku
      books buku buku

      Arabic (and Hebrew it seems) on the other hand has three types of plural. There is singular, two and more than two. Each with its own verb and even the noun changes.


      • Crudity more than sarcasm, perhaps. The real God would never be so crude.

        Would he?

        Perhaps the author is using crudity to get the attention of people who would otherwise tune out really important messages. God has some really useful messengers, even though they might be atheists.

        Sifting wheat from chaff can be a problem.


      • I don’t think the author is doing too much thinking Strewth except on how to get more followers.


      • Really Dom ?

        When God posts something like:
        “WOW. In the last 4 hours fans of God donated $15,000 to Planting Peace to help deworm children in Haiti. At a cost of 1 penny per child, that’s 1.5 million Haitian children dewormed thanks to you humans! ME BLESS YOU HUMANS! 😇”

        what’s not to like ?


      • Nah not really.

        It’s nice that God uses his facebook to do a little bit of good but most of his posts are either trivial or self aggrandising. But then that’s God for ya 🙂


      • Yes that is where the problem lies.

        As an ex atheist once said. His name escapes me.

        If you know God a little you become an Atheist
        If you know God a lot you become a believer.


      • Hey Dom,

        Oddly enough there’s research around which suggests that the atheist knows “god” better then the believer.

        As an atheist who’s name doesn’t escape me ’cause it was Isaac Asimov said
        “Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived”


      • Interesting guy. Did not realise he wrote the book the IRobot movie was based on.

        He also said

        “I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I’ve been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say one was an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn’t have. Somehow it was better to say one was a humanist or an agnostic. I finally decided that I’m a creature of emotion as well as of reason. Emotionally I am an atheist. I don’t have the evidence to prove that God doesn’t exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn’t that I don’t want to waste my time”

        He finally let his emotions take over it seems and he let himself be called an atheist though he thought it to be “intellectually unrespectable” because he has no proof God doesn’t exist.


      • Hey Dom,

        1. Wow that’s a torturous mangling of the quote to reach your conclusion.

        2. And ?


      • Hey Dom,

        Well on first glance it looks like the cutting and pasting was spot on – well done that man 🙂

        It’s the subsequent paragraph where there are some issues.


      • My take is that atheism is about belief not knowledge. And we often form beliefs in the absence of absolute knowledge.


      • Hey Dom,

        Really – you guys have a very weird way of viewing the world. Most of us form beliefs without absolute knowledge on the topic in question.

        Let me put it this way.

        I don’t believe that it will rain tomorrow. I’ve formed that view despite lacking complete knowledge of meteorology – in fact I haven’t even looked at a forecast.

        So i’ve formed a belief on a topic without complete knowledge. And I think I’ve done this quite often. Won’t be the first time or the last.

        So is my belief in tomorrow being a fine day also a religious belief ?


      • Hi Brian,

        Yep that’s the thing with beliefs they might well be bunkum. I might wake up to a grey and miserable day tomorrow or it could be pouring rain.

        And if I do then I’ll change my beliefs about the state of the weather.

        Still won’t make it a religious belief.


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