PM Modi crosses 8 million mark on Twitter

Everyone is aware of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s knack for social media and his love to connect with the masses. After joining Instagram, his popularity on the social networking sites has soared so much so that he has crossed the 8 million followers milestone on Twitter on Wednesday. With this landmark figure, PM Modi becomes the third-most followed world leader on the micro-blogging network, behind US President Barack Obama and the Pope.

In fact, Team Modi’s digital campaign team for 2014 General Election had won Dataquest Pathbreaker Award recently in Bangalore. Modi has been successfully using social media platform good governance when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Modi is quite vocal about the use of Internet for the quality service as it saves both time and resources.

'The use of Twitter Mirror is a great example of how Modi continues to connect with Indians, at home and overseas, underlining the relevance of digital diplomacy in today’s world,' Twitter said in a statement.

It said that during his visit to Australia, PM Modi tweeted using the tool with the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott as well as students from Queensland University of Technology.

Modi’s Twitter account (@narendramodi) has doubled in followers, adding over four million, it said. Only Obama and the Pope (14 million followers) are ahead of him on the microblogging site.

The Prime Minister’s victory tweet is still the most retweeted tweet of all time from India (70,586 tweets).

The Internet and Mobile Association of India and IMRB International said the number of Internet users in India is likely to grow by 32 per cent to 302 million by the end of this year. It was 213 million last year. It may further rise to 354 million by June 2015.

China leads in the number of Internet users worldwide (over 600 million), and is followed by the US, that has an estimated 279 million users.

Internet in India took more than a decade to move from 10 million to 100 million and three years from 100 million to 200 million. 'However, it took only a year to move from 200 to 300 million users,' the report by IAMAI-IMRB said.

Courtesy Niti Central



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