Twitter maintains a few lists of verified accounts. One of these lists includes 38 world leaders. Using Twitter’s fantastic API, I did some detective work to see which world leaders “follow” which others.
The graph is messy, but it displays some order. Barack Obama (@BarackObama) and David Cameron (@Number10gov) tie for the most followers at 17 each and appear toward the center of the network. The Prime Minister is more reciprocal in his attention – with 13 outgoing follows to The President’s mere 4.
What does it mean for one world leader to follow another on Twitter? Probably not much. Perhaps there will come a day when it is a diplomatic faux pas to meet with a head of state and then neglect to follow his Twitter account.
As for whether Barack Obama follows Queen Noor? He does not. @QueenNoor‘s follow of @BarackObama is unrequited.