Venezuela

Former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has put Venezuela on the Twitter map and his successor, Nicolás Maduro and his government are particularly active on the social network.

President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro

Nicolás Maduro barely enters the top 20 of the most followed people in Venezuela and his biggest political rival, opposition leader, Henrique Capriles (@HCapriles), has more than twice as many followers and is the second most followed person in the country. @NicolasMaduro only follows two other Latin American leaders, namely Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff (@dilmabr) and Argentina’s Cristina Kirchner (@CFKArgentina) as well as a mix of government officials and state media. Maduro’s social media team has created 14 accounts in other languages besides Spanish, following the example of Pope Francis (@Pontifex_es). However, only the accounts in Arabic, Chinese, English, French and Portuguese are active with more than 20,000 followers each. His predecessor, Hugo Chávez (@chavezcandanga), still the third most followed person in Venezuela, who was known in the Twitter scene by his frequent personal interactions with other Latin American presidents. Maduro who started his Twitter feed on 8 March 2013 in the run-up to the presidential elections often mentions Chavez in his timeline and a picture of the late president is in his profile. The vast majority of his tweets are retweets from governmental institutions and pro-governmental TV Shows.

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Nicolás Maduro

@NicolasMaduro

Presidente de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela. Hijo de Chávez. Construyendo la Patria con eficiencia revolucionaria.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:14,957
Following:70
Followers:2,160,944
Joined Twitter: 03/08/2013
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 40.04
Retweets: 97%
Mentions/Tweet: 0
Replies/Tweet: 0
Tweets retweeted: 3%
Most mentioned @VTVcanal8 (4), @NicolasMaduro (2), @cubadebate (1), @reflexionfidel (1), @mafalda4f (1), @s (1), @drodriguezminci (1), @MaryC1312 (1)

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Presidency of Venezuela Prensa Presidencial

@PresidencialVen is the institutional Twitter account of the President of Venezuela and it is managed by the press team of the presidency. The account was created under Hugo Chavez’s presidency on 30 April 2010. The avatar of the account is now a picture of Nicolás Maduro, this changed almost a year after the death of President Chavez, an evidence of the strong link between Chavez and his followers who call him “the eternal president”. The account is among the five most active accounts of all world leaders with an average of 42 tweets per day broadcasting and retweeting the activities of President Maduro and his government.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:54,156
Following:196
Followers:543,732
Joined Twitter: 04/30/2010
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 32.67
Retweets: 9%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.71
Replies/Tweet: 0.21
Tweets retweeted: 91%
Most mentioned @NicolasMaduro (2032), @jaarreaza (28), @PartidoPSUV (27), @avnve (17), @JuanManSantos (17), @ceofanb (13), @vladimirpadrino (11), @RRamirezVE (9), @dcabellor (7), @JuventudPSUV (7)

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Foreign Minister of Venezuela Elias Jaua

Foreign Minister Elías Jaua Milano is active on Twitter since 2 July 2012. His personal Twitter account @JauaMiranda made headlines, after Elías Jaua lost the regional election against Henrique Capriles (@HCapriles) to become governor of the state of Miranda, because of its Twitter bio which read “NEXT GOVERNOR OF MIRANDA” in capital letters. Capriles’ supporters started asking Jaua to change his Twitter bio which he did a few months later. Jaua’s account has become more active and it is focused on broadcasting activities of the government, especially in the state of Miranda. Seventy nine percent of @JauaMiranda’s tweets are retweets mainly from President Maduro’s account.

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Elias Jaua

@JauaMiranda

Venezolano y Mirandino. Militante Bolivariano, Socialista y Chavista.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:11,160
Following:583
Followers:758,198
Joined Twitter: 07/02/2012
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 8.36
Retweets: 68%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.19
Replies/Tweet: 0.09
Tweets retweeted: 31%
Most mentioned @corpomirandavp (103), @JauaMiranda (62), @NicolasMaduro (22), @MirandaPSUV (16), @vencancilleria (12), @hcapriles (12), @JuventudPSUV (11), @JuanRequesens (11), @SomosOtroBeta (9), @s (6)

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Foreign Ministry of Venezuela Cancillería Vzla

@Vencancilleria, short for Venezuela’s Chancellery, is the official Twitter account of Venezuela’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Twitter feed is fairly active promoting the work of the ministry and its officials, including Foreign Minister Elías Jaua. Most of its tweets are related to international affairs and meetings of the minister with other governments, although some retweets of state-owned media about diverse topics and statements regarding the opposition can also be found on its timeline. Venezuela’s foreign ministry is not well connected with other peers, mutually following only the foreign ministries of Ecuador and Cuba and El Salvador’s new President @sanchezceren.

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Cancillería Vzla

@vencancilleria

Cuenta oficial del Ministerio del Poder Popular para Relaciones Exteriores de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:48,380
Following:187
Followers:134,283
Joined Twitter: 08/08/2010
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 41.12
Retweets: 6%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.32
Replies/Tweet: 0.05
Tweets retweeted: 92%
Most mentioned @NicolasMaduro (566), @RRamirezVE (275), @rramirezpdvsa (26), @jaarreaza (21), @vencancilleria (20), @ernestosamperp (15), @xoannoya (13), @BolivarReinaldo (11), @cubadebate (8), @dcabellor (8)

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