Fawad Chaudhry vs Maryam Nawaz Sharif—who is more popular on Twitter?

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An analysis of the tweets of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s firebrand activist Fawad Chaudhry and PML-N’s Chief organizer and social media sensations – Maryam Nawaz Sharif and Federal Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb – has shown startling contrast.

According to the data analysis by Asher Bajwa, Fawad Hussain Chaudhry’s tweets for one month have generated more retweets, comments, and likes than the combined tweets of Maryam Nawaz Sharif and Marriyum Aurangzeb in the corresponding period.

As per the report, Fawad Hussain Chaudhry, who is popular with 6.2 Million followers on Twitter, attracted 1,368,239 likes and 485,904 retweets on the last 100 tweets. However, Maryam Nawaz Sharif with 7.9 Million, and Marriyum Aurangzeb with 1.3 Million fans on Twitter, collectively got 1,132,412 likes and 410,259 retweets.

In a total of 1,132,412 likes on PML-N leaders Maryam Nawaz gained 914,787, while Mariyum Aurangzeb contributed with 217,625 likes.

Similarly, in 410,259 retweets PML-N senior vice president got 344,755 while the information minister got 65,504 retweets.

As per Asher Bajwa, “Fawad got 75,00 more RTs and 235,000 more likes.”

Twitter users showed a mixed reaction to the analysis of Asher Bajwa. A Twitter user wrote, “Organic Vs Bots please mention this too.”

Another user claimed that Maryam Nawaz never used bots, while the leadership of Tehreek-e-Insaf and all those with paid YouTube accounts use bots.

An account dedicated to overseas Pakistanis wrote, “Our one Fawad is enough for two Maryams.”

Another user suggested that if Twitter users follow the PTI strategy of “No comments zero Reach” then PML-N leader’s reach on social media will further reduce.

A user appreciated the report calling it insightful.

A PML-N supporter wrote that votes are more significant than Tweets.

Another user posted his analysis and claimed, “PTI’s narrative with likes and retweets is over after Twitter’s views feature! I told you earlier that likes and retweets can be bought with money but not views! Total views of tweets in the last 24 hours: Fawad Chaudhary: 14 tweets 2.4m views Maryam Nawaz: 5 tweets 2.4m views.”

Pakistani political parties formerly relied more on conventional forms of communication like television and print media but the fast-expanding importance of social media has forced them to turn to it as a tool for constructing compelling narratives and engaging with the general public.

Who can deny the importance of social media in today’s time? Social media is a global phenomenon that has spread in all domains of life. Similarly, Politics also rely largely on social media.

Pakistan is still going through social media revolution but now the popularity of a party or a public figure largely depends on the number of followers the account has attracted.

Summaiyya Qureshi is a journalist with Minute Mirror and writes about social issues besides geopolitics, foreign policy, and nuclearization. She can be reached at (summaiyyaqureshi4@gmail.com). She is available on twitter at @SummaiyyaQ