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 tweets 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 last Sochi 2014 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 9% retweets. The most used words in his stream are: announced, today, #cdnpoli and Canada. Photos and videos are often shared on his Twitter accounts and the most mentioned users are Canadian astronaut @Cmdr_Hadfield and his wife @Laureen_Harper. @PMHarper is mutually following only two other world leaders including the @BritishMonarchy and Russian Prime Minister @MedvedevRussia.
Tweet analytics (as of June 2014)
|Most mentioned||@LaureenHarper (27), @Cmdr_Hadfield (16), @CDNOlympicTeam (15), @BarackObama (14), @JamesMoore_org (13), @JimFlaherty (13), @CanadiensMTL (11), @pmharper (11), @MinStevenBlaney (10), @MinPeterMacKay (8).|
Check out the new Conservative Party web site: http://www.conservative.ca— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) September 2, 2008