Social Networking Stats: 80% of World Leaders on Twitter, #RLTM Scoreboard

The #RLTM Scoreboard: Social Networking Stats for the Week

Facebook: 1.19 billion monthly active users via Facebook
YouTube over 1 billion monthly unique users via YouTube
Twitter: over 218 million monthly active users via Twitter
Qzone: 599 million monthly active users via TechCrunch
Sina Weibo: over 500 million users via The Next Web
Renren: over 170 million users via iResearch iUser Tracker
VK: over 200 million registered users via VK
LinkedIn: 259 million active users via LinkedIn
Google Plus: 343 million monthly active users via GlobalWebIndex
Tumblr: 165 million blogs via Tumblr
Instagram: 150 million users via Instagram
Vine: 40 million registered users via Vine
Tagged: 20 million unique monthly users via Tagged
Foursquare: 40 million users via CNET
Pinterest: 70 million users via The Next Web
Reddit: 100 million monthly unique visitors via Reddit
WhatsApp: 200 million monthly active users via TechCrunch
SnapChat:  ???? via TechCrunch

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80% of World Leaders On Twitter

President Obama: most popular world leader on TwitterTwitter is becoming a powerful political tool, and in the last two years, world leaders have begun to take note. Eighty percent of world leaders used Twitter in 2013, according to a study from the Digital Policy Council. This number marked a growth of 8% year-over-year (a change worth noting, but significantly less than the 78% growth that took place between 2011 and 2012.)

US President Obama tops the charts with 16 million new followers in 2013, followed by Indonesian leader President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who amassed 4.2 million followers despite only joining Twitter in 2013 (AllTwitter).

Here are the top 10 world leaders on Twitter:

  1. President Obama
  2. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia
  3. President Abdullah Gul of Turkey
  4. Queen Rania, the Queen Consort of the King of Jordan
  5. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev
  6. President Christina Fernandez De Kirchner of Argentina
  7. His Highness Shiekh Mohammed Bin Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the UAE
  8. Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto
  9. President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia
  10. Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff

Top World Leaders on Twitter
Top World Leaders on Twitter [image: Digital Policy Council report]
Twitter use is particularly high among world leaders in Latin American and the Middle East; several European leaders are on Twitter, but none are ranked in the top 10. Leaders are absent from countries that simply haven’t embraced Twitter in any significant numbers, and from countries where Twitter has been blocked (aka China).