Our latest ranking report on heads of state around the world using social media to engage their citizens.Posted AUG 2011
This research note provides updated rankings on heads of state and national governments who are using social media to change the face of politics in the 21st Century.
President Obama of the United States and President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela are the two most influential heads of state according to our latest research.
Analyses as of August 2011 reveals that 42 percent, or two out of five heads of state, are at present on the social media site Twitter. The new figures represent over a 100 percent increase in the number of heads of state and national governments on Twitter from 2010.
A total of 69 world leaders out of 164 countries have accounts on Twitter set up in their personal name or through an official government office. In our last report in October of 2010 only 33 out of 163 countries were using Twitter.
The use of the micro-blogging site such as Twitter is merely one part of a broader "open government" movement where governments seek to engage their citizens and the global community directly for political positioning, policymaking, or co-creation of solutions to national agenda items.