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Obama trounced by Swedish foreign minister on Twitter

(Charles Dharapak/AP)

That honor goes to Carl Bildt, the Swedish Foreign Minister.


Put another way, if the globe’s heads of state were a senior class, Bildt would win the “Most Popular” contest, not Obama. Maybe Obama could be “Best Looking?”

That’s because while Obama’s staggering 33 million-plus followers make him far and away the most-followed, @CarlBildt mutually follows 44 of his peers while @BarackObama only two, according to Twiplomacy, a study of Twitter use among heads of state conducted by the PR firm Burson-Marsteller.

See, it pays to be nice, even to the nerdy kids.

And other U.S. Twitter accounts are similarly unfriendly — @WhiteHouse only follows three world leaders while @StateDept doesn’t follow any of its counterpart foreign ministries.

It’s also worth noting, according to the study, that Pope Francis still trails Obama in total number of followers (@Pontifex is the second most-followed in the group, with more than 7 million followers to Obama’s 33 million-plus).

See the entire list here.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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