By Claire Valdini
Sheikh Mohammed added nearly 910,000 followers on micro blogging site last year
The ruler of Dubai has been
ranked the world’s tenth most followed leader on micro blogging site
HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid
Al Maktoum gained nearly 910,000 followers last year, bringing his total number
of followers to nearly 1.4m, according a new report by the Digital
Sheikh Mohammed used the
micro blogging site to “regularly share his thoughts, future plans, attended
events and various achievements,” noted the report.
On the sixth anniversary as
Ruler of Dubai, he tweeted: “I don’t wish to be celebrated personally. Instead,
each year, a deserving group in our society shall be recognised. Last year, we
celebrated the orphans. This year, we shall celebrate mothers, the force behind
all our successes.”
The list, which was topped
by US President Barack Obama with 25m followers, also included Queen
Rania as the fourth most followed statesperson. The Jordanian royal added more
than 1m followers to her account “despite the fact she continued to
scale back her public activities”, said the report.
Three out of four heads of
state currently use Twitter, with 123 world leaders out of 164 countries using
accounts either in their name or through official government offices. The
figure is a 78 percent rise compared to the same period in 2011, according to the
Digital Policy Council.
Last year’s most popular
retweet by a world leader was President Obama’s “Four more years”, following
his re-election in November. The tweet, accompanied by a photograph of himself
and First Lady Michelle Obama, became the most retweeted of all time with more than 31m retweets.
Other world leaders to make
it to the list include Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, President Abdullah
Gul of Turkey and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.