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Modi behind Bachchan, SRK on Twitter in 2015

The Top 10 list of most followed Twitter personalities include all Bollywood names, other than PM Modi in the No. 3 spot.

By: PTI | Kolkata | Updated: December 7, 2015 4:56 pm
Twitter 2015 top 10_759 Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Narendra Modi are the Top 3 most followed Twitter personalities in 2015.

The number of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s followers on Twitter has increased by four times to reach 16.4 million since taking office last year, but he still remains behind Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan.

According to a list of the most followed Twitter personalities from India in 2015 released by the social media forum today, Big B’s @SrBachchan account remains the most followed one with 18.1 million followers. This year Modi (@narendramodi) takes the third spot after the number of its followers quadrupled from 4 million when he took office last May to over 16 million now, making him the biggest gainer on the top 10 list in 2015.

With 16.4 million followers, the Prime Minister is close to SRK who is No. 2 on Twitter with 16.5 million followers, according to the ‘Year On Twitter 2015’ report. SRK also created a record as one of his tweets became the most retweeted one in India during the year. His selfie with British boyband One Direction’s former member Zayn Malik at the Asian Awards in London took Twitter by storm with over 1,41,000 retweets and nearly 18.3 million views globally.

Modi’s ‘Selfie With Daughter’ campaign on Twitter to promote rights of the girl child was one of the most popular hashtags on the microblogging site. The report said there were over 3,75,000 #SelfieWithDaughter tweets. On his first year anniversary in office, there were over 1,79,000 “#SaalEkShuruaatAnek” tweets.

Modi is the only non-Bollywood personality who has managed to stay in the Top 10 list.

The fourth and fifth spots are occupied by the other two Khans. Aamir has 15.5 million followers while Salman is half a million short than him. At No. 6 in the list is actress Deepika Padukone followed by Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra. With 10.6 million followers, Akshay Kumar is at No. 9 while musician A R Rahman made it to the 10th spot.

Among the most influential moments on Twitter, India beating Pakistan in the first match of the cricket world cup in 2015 led the list. #INDvsPAK drew a record-breaking 118.3 million impressions on Twitter, the report said.

With over 9 million tweets this season, #IPL was among the most popular hashtags. In the world of politics, #DelhiElections and #BiharResults led the conversations on the social media site.

Other popular topics were related to Diwali, Independence Day, floods in Chennai and the completion of 20 years of the iconic Bollywood film ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’.

In November, @MakeInIndia, one of the largest economic development initiatives undertaken by the Indian government, had become the first non-US brand to get its own Twitter emoji for a worldwide audience. For the Diwali festival, Twitter had launched an emoji in the form of a lamp.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Dec 7, 2015 at 1:43 pm
    Big achievement for PM
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      Rajesh
      Dec 7, 2015 at 11:43 am
      Except the PM, the top 10 list is comprised entirely a Bollywood actors. This explains a lot about where people's priorities lie.
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        lakshmi badrinath
        Dec 7, 2015 at 12:49 pm
        U R absolutely right. .this generation needs better role models than Bollywood which is made of vain people. .A big thumbs up to Modiji. .U ra gr8 iinspiration Modiji. .May Lord Krishna bless you in all your endeavours
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          Indian
          Dec 7, 2015 at 3:56 pm
          People think actors are more honest and endearing people. They bring joy to people's lives. Politicians are different animals.
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            Rajesh Chibba
            Dec 7, 2015 at 1:19 pm
            What is Indian Express trying to prove by giving news like this ! Even if Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh are ahead of PM. Modi , it does not make them better men than our Prime Minister.
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