Pope Francis is world’s most influential tweeter

August 26, 2013

Pope Francis is the most influential world leader on Twitter, with the highest number of retweets worldwide.

He also is the second most-followed leader of the world, running behind U.S. President Barack Obama.

The rankings were released July 24 in a recent study titled Twiplomacy, which refers to the use of Twitter by world leaders.

@BarackObama is the most followed head of state, with more than 33.5 million followers, and has the fourth-most popular account overall, right behind Lady Gaga.

But the second most-followed world leader is Pope Francis, with 7.2 million followers spread across his nine different language-based @Pontifex accounts.

Despite Obama’s strong following, Pope Francis is the most influential world leader with the highest number of retweets.