President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
In 2013 then Prime Minister Erdoğan criticized the widespread use of Twitter in his public statement regarding the Taksim Square events with the words: “Now we have a menace that is called Twitter… To me, social media is the worst menace to society”. However his team did not tweet this statement on his Twitter feed which is among the top five most followed world leader accounts. Twitter was banned by the Turkish Telecommunications Authority on 20 March 2014 right after Erdoğan vowed to “wipe out” the social media network, a move that prompted widespread domestic and international criticism. “Everything for Turkey!” is the leitmotiv of Erdoğan’s Twitter account who was the first Turkish leader to join Twitter on 23 August 2009. While the first tweets were in English they quickly switched to Turkish with only the occasional English tweet to make an international policy statement. However there have been no English tweets since 2010.Turkish politics are the main focus of his tweets, often leading the next day’s news agenda. His Twitter feed often includes videos speeches and pictures of visits; however, the account rarely uses links. In September 2011 the office of RecepTayyipErdoğan, set up a second personal Twitter account in Arabic @RecepT_Erdogan to reach out to Middle Eastern audience. @RT_Erdogan does not interact with other Twitter users via @replies and the account does not follow anyone, making his account one of the least connected among world leaders.
Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)
|Most mentioned||@JuanManSantos (2), @KingSalman (2), @Ahmet_Davutoglu (1), @presidentaz (1), @afadbaskanlik (1), @poroshenko (1).|
|Average of retweets||802|