Twitter’s Top 50 List of the most influential leaders names eight Latin-American presidents, with Argentine President Cristina Fernández in the top ten.
Twiplomacy is a global study “aimed at identifying to what extent world leaders use Twitter,” according to the report. The other Latin-American leaders are: Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff, Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro, Ecuador’s Rafael Correa, Chile’s Sebastián Piñera, Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto, Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos, and Peru’s Ollanta Humala.
Four Latin-American governments also made the mark: the Mexican government and presidency, the government of Chile, the presidency of Ecuador, and the Venezuelan presidential press twitter accounts. Further, the Venezuelan presidency (@PresidencialVen) was noted as the most active government twitter account, “having sent more than 34,000 tweets and averaging more than 40 tweets a day.”
According to the study, the real measure of influence can be calculated in the number of times an account appears in Twitter lists. US President Barack Obama, the first world leader to sign up to Twitter on March 5, 2007, holds as the title as the most listed world leader, but Rousseff and Fernández both appeared on over 10,000 Twitter lists.