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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has more Twitter followers than other president in Latin America. (Photo: Government of Venezuela)
President Danilo Medina of the Dominican Republic is the most active Twitter user among Latin American presidents. (Photo: DaniloMedina.com)
Monday, August 20, 2012
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Twitter: Chavez, Medina Lead Among Presidents


A closer look the most popular – and most active – Latin American presidents on Twitter.

BY LATINVEX STAFF

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez continues to be the most popular Latin American president on Twitter in terms of number of followers. The least popular? Mauricio Funes from El Salvador, according to a Latinvex analysis.

Meanwhile, in number of tweets, Danilo Medina from the Dominican Republic outperforms.

Chavez has more than 3 million followers on Twitter. That compares with 2 million for Felipe Calderon of Mexico, the second-most popular president.

Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff has 1.6 million followers.

Argentina’s Cristina Kirchner and Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos round out the top five, with 1.24 and 1.18 million followers, respectively.

Funes only has 3,889 followers. Another major laggard is Porfirio Lobo Sosa of Honduras, with 5,547 followers.

Neither Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua nor Jose Mujica of Uruguay have personal Twitter accounts. Meanwhile, Evo Morales of Bolivia appears to have several ones, although several seem to be outdated and little used. As a result they were not included in our analysis.

TWEET CHAMPION

Although Chavez is known as an active Twitter user –often using the social medium to make key announcements – he’s not the most active Latin American president. That honor goes to Danilo Medina, who was sworn in as president of the Dominican Republic last week.

Most of his 6,107 tweets were clearly posted before he became president, but he will likely continue posting actively during his four-year mandate, giving him an edge over Latin America’s other presidents.

The second-most active tweeter is Haiti’s Michel Martelly, with  3,742 tweets. 

Juan Manuel Santos is another active tweeter, posting 3,447 tweets.

Rounding out the top five tweeters are Calderon and Ecuador’s Rafael Correa, with 2,679 and 2,308 tweets, respectively.

The least active president? Funes again, with only five tweets. Lobo again follows, with 96 tweets.

In fact, the three presidents with fewest followers (Funes, Lobo and Castro) are also the same three with fewest tweets, showing the general trend linking number of tweets to followers. However, clearly Chavez and Medina each are the exception to that.




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Twitter: Most Popular Presidents

Rank

President

Country

Followers

Tweets

1

Hugo Chavez

Venezuela

3,030,862

1,729

2

Felipe Calderon

Mexico

2,027,985

2,679

3

Dilma Rouseff

Brazil

1,622,202

393

4

Cristina Kirchner

Argentina

1,243,678

1,617

5

Juan Manuel Santos

Colombia

1,180,583

3,447

6

Sebastian Pinera

Chile

857,238

1,382

7

Rafael Correa

Ecuador

472,695

2,308

8

Ollanta Humala

Peru

369,111

650

9

Ricardo Martinelli

Panama

233,757

1,181

10

Laura Chinchilla

Costa Rica

127,587

2,178

11

Danilo Medina

Dom. Rep.

75,995

6,107

12

Otto Perez Molina

Guatemala

43,989

2,138

13

Michel Martelly

Haiti

36,058

3,742

14

Federico Franco

Paraguay

29,335

975

15

Raul Castro

Cuba

22,876

305

16

Porfirio Lobo

Honduras

5,547

96

17

Mauricio Funes

El Salvador

3,889

5








Twitter: Most Active Presidents

Rank

President

Country

Followers

Tweets

1

Danilo Medina

Dom. Rep.

75,995

6,107

2

Michel Martelly

Haiti

36,058

3,742

3

Juan Manuel Santos

Colombia

1,180,583

3,447

4

Felipe Calderon

Mexico

2,027,985

2,679

5

Rafael Correa

Ecuador

472,695

2,308

6

Laura Chinchilla

Costa Rica

127,587

2,178

7

Otto Perez Molina

Guatemala

43,989

2,138

8

Hugo Chavez

Venezuela

3,030,862

1,729

9

Cristina Kirchner

Argentina

1,243,678

1,617

10

Sebastian Pinera

Chile

857,238

1,382

11

Ricardo Martinelli

Panama

233,757

1,181

12

Federico Franco

Paraguay

29,335

975

13

Ollanta Humala

Peru

369,111

650

14

Dilma Rouseff

Brazil

1,622,202

393

15

Raul Castro

Cuba

22,876

305

16

Porfirio Lobo

Honduras

5,547

96

17

Mauricio Funes

El Salvador

3,889

5

 



Sources:
Twitter accounts, Latinvex research


Notes: Data as of 8/19/12. Presidents of Nicaragua and Uruguay without
personal accounts.

 

 

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