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Two-thirds of 193 UN member nations’ governments use Twitter: Study

Sydney, July 27 (ANI): The governments of almost two-thirds of the 193 UN member nations use the popular micro-blogging platform Twitter, a study has revealed.

An analysis of Twitter accounts belonging to 264 heads of state and government and their institutions in 125 countries, revealed that just 30 of them have ever done their own tweeting, while even fewer do it on a regular basis.

The analysis, carried out by PR firm Burson-Marsteller, reported a rise in so-called ‘Twiplomacy’ among world leaders, the Daily Telegraph reports.

According to the study, the most-followed account is @BarackObama, which is run by the Obama campaign and has 17.8 million followers.

Of those followers, 76 are the president’s peers and other governments, the study said.

A May 9 tweet sent by the campaign team quoted Obama, as saying ‘same-sex couples should be able to get married’ is the most re-tweeted to date, over 62,000 times.

The study also revealed that world leaders tweet in 43 languages, with English favoured by 90 of the accounts.

Spanish is the next most-used, with 41 accounts, French is third with 25 accounts and Arabic fourth with 17. (ANI)

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