Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
Prime Minister Harper was the fourth world leader to sign up to Twitter in July 2007 in the footsteps of @BarackObama, however he only started to tweet in September 2008 asking his followers to “check out the new Conservative Party website.” Although the tweets are written in first person most of the tweeting is done by his staff. He is fairly active tweeting more than once a day, mostly in an informal way, about his vision for the country, his government actions and important days but he also lets followers enter his personal life. His Twitter account is also empathetic when needed, e.g. on the occurrence of natural disasters. During the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games Prime Minister Harper got in on a sport rivalry with Barack Obama, betting two cases of beer on the win of Canada’s hockey team over Team USA which led to his most retweeted tweet so far: “Like I said, #teamusa is good but #wearewinter. @BarackObama, I look forward to my two cases of beer. #CANvsUSA #Sochi2014”. Prime Minister Harper is not very conversational, only 1% of his tweets are @replies and he rarely retweets but he is very influential: almost 85% of his tweets get retweeted and he is among the top 40 most followed world leaders. By far his most used hashtag is #cdnpoli. Photos and videos are often shared on his Twitter accounts and the most mentioned users are Canadian Ministry of Industry @JamesMoore_org and his wife @LaureenHarper. @PMHarper is mutually following only the @BritishMonarchy and has unfollowed @MedvedevRussia.
Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)
|Most mentioned||@LaureenHarper (74), @JamesMoore_org (17), @Cmdr_Hadfield (16), @BarackObama (15), @CDNOlympicTeam (15), @MinStevenBlaney (14), @pmharper (13), @JimFlaherty (13), @CanadianForces (12), @CanadiensMTL (11).|
|Average of retweets||148|
Check out the new Conservative Party web site: http://www.conservative.ca— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) September 2, 2008