Gulf News reports Modi’s rising popularity
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the third-most followed world leader with 42 million followers on his personal account and 26 million followers on his official account, reports the Gulf News.
Mariam M. Serkal, the senior web reporter of the prestigious daily published from Dubai says the use of Twitter among world leaders continues to grow strong, and with more than 52 million followers, the US President Donald Trump is the most followed leader.
The writer refers to a global study revealing the top 10 most followed leaders on Twitter that also ranked people in terms of interactions with followers, in the form of likes and retweets.
The latest 2018 Twiplomacy study by Burson-Marsteller claimed that US President Donald Trump became the world’s most followed leader in October 2017, passing Pope Francis (@Pintifex), the second most followed leader with more than 47 million followers across his nine language accounts.
The official twitter accounts of Pope Francis dispense daily thoughts and prayers in Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, latin, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish languages.
Pop Francis is the 266th and current Pope and sovereign of the Vatican City State. He is the first non-European Pope coming from Argentina, South America.
The report further said that among Arab leaders, Queen Rania of Jordan was at the top of the list with nearly 10.7 million followers, ahead of Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz is third with nearly seven million followers.
The study also revealed that Saudi Arabia’s King Salman is the most effective leader in the world in twitter. “He has only tweeted 11 times between May 2017 and May 2018, but each of his tweets has received an average of 154,294 retweets,” says the report.
Observers believe that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has grown more popular in the Middle East than his predecessors. In February 2018, Modi had laid the foundation stone for the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE, where over three million people of Indian origin reside.
Earlier in April 2016, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman had conferred country’s highest civilian award: King Abdulaziz Sash to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.