The fourth annual rankings of the use of social media among world leaders has been published by the Digital Policy Council. The report looks at the number of world leaders that are using the social network Twitter to spread their agendas to the world. According to the report, about 80% of all world leaders are using twitter.
That works out to 4 out of 5 world leaders taking advantage of Twitter. The DPC says that the numbers are an increase of 8% compared to the number of leaders using the service in 2012. The report also lists the top ten tweeting leaders in the world.
President Obama was in the top spot with 16 million followers added in a year according to the report. The biggest Twitter debut for a world leader in 2013 was Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono taking the second place spot. The Indonesian President joined Twitter in 2013 and gained 4.2 million followers in short order.
The world leader that made the biggest climb in the Twitter rankings in 2013 was Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. He moved from number 10 in the Twitter world leader rankings in 2012 to seventh place in 2013. He increased his followers from 1 million to 2.4 million over the year. The biggest world leader holdouts come from China. None of the Chinese leaders are on Twitter, the social network is blocked in the country.