The Liberal Democrats appear to be leading the field when it comes to embracing micro blogging phenomenon Twitter, with leader Nick Clegg rated as most powerful political tweeter, according to Virgin Media Business research.
The broadband provider found used TwitterGrader.com to find out that Clegg is rated as the world's 4,060th most influential tweeter out of more than seven million users.
While still thousands of places behind the world's most powerful man, Barack Obama, Clegg is a good 1,700 places above Labour leadership candidate David Miliband.
No Tory politicians featured in the global top 10,000, illustrating that the general election strategy of encouraging candidates to use Twitter as a way of engaging directly with voters has yet to translate into meaningful usage.
Conservative leader David Cameron of course famously nailed his anti-Twitter colours to the mast with his infamous "too many twits might make a twat" comment.
With that in mind perhaps it's not surprising that Virgin Media Business found that just a third of Tories are signed up to the service, with Labour on 42 per cent and the Lib Dems on 57 per cent.
But given that few high profile tweeters actually write their own updates, it's probably less significant than at first glance. There is still some way to go before the platform has a meaningful impact on our democratic system.
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