Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been named among the 30 most influential people on the internet by Time magazine. He shares the list with US President Barack Obama, British author JK Rowling, reality star Kim Kardashian and singers Taylor Swift, Shakira and Beyonce among others. The list, analysed social-media followings, sitetraffic and overall ability to drive news.
The magazine said that Modi has approximately 38 million followers on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, which places him ahead of all other world leaders except Obama. The magazine further said: “Unlike many of his contemporaries, Modi recognises that social media can be invaluable when trying to reach India’s 200 million-plus online population directly.”
On Obama’s virtual influence, Time said the US President is the most-liked world leader on Facebook and the most-followed on Twitter. “But more impressively, Obama is able to meme himself to push an agenda,” Time said citing a video he featured in for American internet news media company Buzzfeed.
..... Devashree Gonka