In Australia it is the prime ministers who have been spearheading the Twitter activity of the government with @KevinRuddPM in October 2008. Kevin Rudd has changed his Twitter handle to @KRuddMP when he was replaced by @JuliaGillard.
Peer connections (as of 1 July 2012)
- follows unilaterally (0)
- followed unilaterally by (7)
- follows mutually (10)
Julia Gillard “took the Twitter plunge” in July 2010 shortly after becoming Australia’s first woman Prime Minister and she actively engages with her 200,000+ followers. She is automatically following anyone who follows her, hence the 180,000+ Twitter users she follows. She is the second best connected leader with 10 mutual connections. She tweets on average once a day and is fairly conversational with 18% @replies many of which she writes herself on her iPad and signs JG. She has signed almost half of all her tweets. Lately her team has used Twitpic to capture key moments of her daily life, even “shaking paws with a puppy”.
Tweet analytics (as of 1 July 2012)
|% Tweets retweeted:||80%|
|Total of retweets:||30,582|
|@SwannyDPM (13), @JuliaGillard (11), @AustralianLabor (8), @Charlottelovesu (8), @TonyAbbottMHR (8).|