President of Estonia toomas hendrik ilves
“Help! I'm being followed ;-)” are the first words of Toomas Hendrik Ilves on Twitter. The Estonian President became an instant sensation for his frank and undiplomatic tweets in 2012. Ilves, who tweets himself, bluntly criticized New York Times blogger and Nobel Prize economist Paul Krugman as "smug, overbearing & patronizing", in response to a blog post questioning Estonia's economic recovery. “Let's sh*t on East Europeans: their English is bad, won't respond,” he tweeted. "Guess a Nobel in trade means you can pontificate on fiscal matters & declare my country a "wasteland". That famous twispute (Twitter dispute) found its way into a short opera “Nostra Culpa” performed at the Tallinn Music Week festival in April 2013. Since late 2013 his Twitter activity intensified, with the release of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. @IlvesToomas posts on average 26 tweets per day, two thirds of which are retweets sharing foreign policy related statements and analysis from other Twitter-savvy politicians, analysts and foreign journalists alike. The outspoken president has clashed on several occasions with the Russian foreign ministry and Russian diplomats. Not surprisingly the account Toomas Ilves has attracted a fair share of trolls who often tweet abuse and insults which he even shared with his baffled followers. Despite the abuse @IlvesToomas keeps tweeting about cybersecurity, statistics and data about Estonia and is one of the most interesting Twitter accounts to follow.
Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)
|Most mentioned||@FT (56), @Reuters (27), @RFERL (19), @NeinQuarterly (19), @Judy_Dempsey (16), @WSJ (14), @ProSyn (12), @Interpreter_Mag (12), @Po_st (12), @TheEconomist (12).|
|Average of retweets||18|
Help! I'm being followed;-)— toomas hendrik ilves (@IlvesToomas) May 15, 2012