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metronews.ca WEEKEND, July 27-29, 2012

Global leaders turning to ‘Twiplomacy’ Twitter. Study finds that 16 G-20 leaders are using platform for public diplomacy, but China, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia have not joined Twitterverse Almost two-thirds of world leaders have joined the Twitterverse where President Barack Obama and his tweet on gay marriage is the most popular to date, says a new study. But the rise in so-called “Twiplomacy” resembles some-

@BarackObama The most-followed account is @BarackObama, which has 17.8 million followers.

• Of those followers, 76 are peers and other governments. Obama rarely sends his own tweets, but when he does he signs them, as he did in one to the first lady on Valentine’s Day.

thing of an echo chamber, according to an analysis of 264 government accounts in 125 countries that PR firm Burson-

Marsteller describes as the first-ever global study of world leaders on Twitter. Some 264 world leaders now have a Twitter account, and researchers believe that 30 of them do their own tweeting. Altogether they have sent more than 350,000 tweets to almost 52 million followers, the study shows. But about one-third don’t follow each other and dozens don’t follow any other Twitterers. But that doesn’t mean they don’t converse. More than nine of every 10 tweets by the Ugandan prime minister and Rwandan president are replies, the study says. tHE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Remembering Argentina’s famous first lady A woman touches the tomb of Argentina’s late former first lady Maria Eva Duarte de Perón, better known as Evita, at a cemetery in Buenos Aires on Thursday. Evita died of cancer on July 26, 1952 at the age of 33, and on Thursday Argentines commemorated the 60th anniversary of the death of their most famous first lady. sergio goya/the associated press

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