Prime Minister Narendra Modi is one of the most influential person on the Internet, TIME magazine said which described the Indian head as an “Internet star” who often uses social media to “conduct diplomacy”.
The magazine noted down Modi’s visit to Pakistan which he announced on his twitter page regarding his stop at the country amidst controversy and security reasons. TIME ranked him among ‘The 30 Most Influential People on the Internet’ for the second time in succession in 2016 unranked list.
The list also includes world leaders US presidential hopeful candidate Donald Trump, reality TV star Kim Kardashian and her husband Kayne West, author J K Rowling, former Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner and soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.
For the second round of list TIME magazine was looking into the social aspect of the contestants, the ability to link up and blend with the common crowd, the impact the so called celebrities had on social media and the rate at which they could encircle or chase a news round themselves.
Narendra Modiwas tagged and credited with the title “Internet Star” who had a hive of 18 million Twitter followers and over 32 million Facebook likes. The magazine particularly noted on Modi’s tactic of breaking any news over the internet and the ability to conduct diplomacy over any public statement.
“And unlike some of his contemporaries, he often uses social media to break news and conduct diplomacy. On Christmas Day, for example, Modi tweeted that he would visit the Pakistani city of Lahore to wish Nawaz Sharif, the leader of India’s chief regional rival, a happy 66th birthday,” it said.
TIME did not forget to mention out the cyber flaw Modi committed on wishing ‘a happy birthday’ to the Afghanistan President, Ashraf Ghani who was polite enough to correct Modi saying it was in the month of May.
“That tweet made headlines for the wrong reasons, though: the Afghan President replied with his thanks, and a polite note that he was actually born on May 19,” the magazine said. Last year, Modi was listed by TIME among the 100 most influential people in the world in its annual list, having a flaunting profile well credited and appreciated y the pen work of US President Barack Obama.
This year’s list also includes Indo-Canadian vlogger Lilly Singh, also known as Superwoman over the Internet and Youtube who TIME said is rapidly becoming one of the biggest stars both on and off-screen. On Trump, the magazine noted that he is “redefining how political candidates use social media, for better and for worse”.
Despite facing flak for his often insulting tweets and insolent comments online, Trump has almost 7 million followers on Twitter, more than Hilary Clinton or any other presidential candidate, it said.