Modi Emerges As ‘Most Tweeted About World Leader’ After Trump


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emerged as the “most tweeted about world leader” after US President Donald Trump in 2017, microblogging site Twitter said on Tuesday. Also, the Prime Minister continues to be the most followed Indian on the site.

However, the growth in Modi’s follower base at 52 per cent was lower than that of Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli. As per a Twitter report capturing trends in 2017, PM Modi saw his follower base increasing to 37.5 million (as of December 4), from 24.6 million in 2016.

Meanwhile, among the world leader, two postings of former US president Barack Obama were among the top three most-liked tweets of 2017. Obama’s tweet “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion…” was the second most retweeted tweets of the year.

A tweet by Carter Wilkerson “Help me please… A man needs his nuggs” which was retweeted 3.6 million times was the most retweeted tweet of this year, according to a data compiled by Twitter.

Twitter said Trump with 44.1 million followers and Modi with 37.5 million followers are respectively the first and second “most tweeted about world leaders” for the year 2017.

Other world leaders to figure in the top 10 list are Nicolas Maduro from Venezuela, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Emmanuel Macron from France, Enrique Pena Nieto from Mexico, Mauricip Macri of Argentina, Britain’s Theresa May, Columbia’s Juan Manuel Santos and Akun resmi Joko Widodo of Indonesia.