On the third leg of his six-day, four-nation tour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is presently in Russia. Ahead of tomorrow s International Economic Forum meeting, the Prime Minister, along with Russian President Vladimir Putin, were at a state dinner at Konstantin Palace in St Petersburg, where they were received by NBC s new anchor Megyn Kelly, with the most surprising question! Are you on Twitter? Also Read - Twitter friends/followers seeking your unwanted attention could be UnmentionedAlso Read - Twitter vs Koo: Nigeria government joins India's Koo app after Twitter’s ban in the country
As the two state heads entered the Konstantin Palace, they were received by the reporter who shook hands with our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. And being his witty and social media-savvy self, Modi took Megyn Kelly by a surprise when he told her that I saw your tweet with the umbrella . The tweet Narendra Modi was talking about was posted by the reported on her own Twitter account, just a couple of hours before the meeting in issue. In her tweet, she was standing on the streets of St Petersburg, with an umbrella in her hand. Also Read - Twitter seeks more time to comply with new rules in response to “one last notice”
While Modi did his homework well, Megyn Kelly is clearly going home with a note! In an exclusive footage shared by NBC News from this meeting, Megyn Kelly had no idea Prime Minister Narendra Modi is actually the world s second most followed leaders on Twitter.
With a following of over 30.3 million users on Twitter, PM Modi is the second most followed world leaders on Twitter, while US President Donald Trump has the lead with 31.2 million followers on the site. Narendra Modi, and many from his party like Sushma Swaraj and Suresh Prabhu are known for being active on social media. Modi has used social media successfully to shape his public image as a tech savvy leader, aligning himself with the aspirations of a younger generation in India, said Joyojeet Pal, assistant professor at University of Michigan s School of Information, whose paper has been published in the latest issue of the Television and New Media journal. ALSO READ: Twitter witnesses over 1.1 million conversations over 3 years of Narendra Modi government
In fact, according to the latest Twitter numbers, over 1.1 million conversations happened over Modi government s third anniversary in the period of 25th to 28th May, 2017. Not only this, there has been a significant rise in the followers of the prime minister who is popular for being social media friendly. Celebrating the third anniversary, many politicians, athletes, and famous personalities flocked Twitter, congratulating Modi with the hashtags #3yearsofmodigovt and #modi3years. Meanwhile, the top tweets coming from the prime minister includes one where he declared his victory in the 2014 results with his signature Acche Din in the tweets. ALSO READ: Amitabh Bachchan lends support to Mumbai Police for using Sholay memes to promote internet security
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