29 April 2015, The Tablet

Pope Francis is 'most influential' world leader on Twitter, report finds

Pope Francis is the most influential world leader on Twitter, according to an annual global study of world leaders on the social network.

His messages on the social network are the most widely circulated, with each 140-character tweet re-tweeted an average of 9,929 times, according to an annual analysis of Twitter traffic published this week by the US-based PR company Burson-Marsteller.

By contrast, US President Obama’s tweets are re-tweeted an average of 1,210 times each, making him the fourth most influential behind King Salman of Saudi Arabia and the President of Venezuala, Nicolas Maduro.

This is the third year in a row that Pope Francis has emerged as most influential leader on the social networking site.

In terms of followers, the Pope, who has 19.5 million across his nine different language accounts, is the second most-followed world leader in 2015, behind President Obama, with 57 million followers, but ahead of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Pope Francis’ number of followers is up 5.5 million this year.

The company also rated him the “most noteworthy” tweeter among world leaders.

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