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Who are the Croatian political Twitter versions of President Trump

Written by  Aug 23, 2017

It is a well known fact that in this modern technological era, computers, smart phones and the internet are the best way to express one's opinion, to organize protests or even revolutions; in some cases, they even make governments fall or the world jump to its feet.

As far as social networks and politicians are concerned, Donald Trump is best known as the Twitter President, whilst the Slovenian President Borut Pahor is the King of Instagram. However, the question is who are Croatian Trump and Pahor?

At first glance, Twitter seems scarce for Croatian politicians. ''It seems to me that most of our politicians are of a protocol type'', says Ankica Mamic, a communications expert. In other words, Croatian politicians on social networks are boring; followers can only read their congratulations to athletes, posts on where they went and with whom they met, and things like that.

''People do not express any interest in communication and interaction with such profiles because they do not bring anything that cannot be heard or read in the news'', explained Mamic. For example, posts of the Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic reach around 400,000 people; however, it is more than obvious that she does not write any of her posts because they are all official, dry and dull, unlike Trump who obviously writes his posts by himself.

Nevertheless, Croatia has a politician interesting to social media. The young member of the Croatian Parliament Ivan Pernar has almost 200,000 followers. His live broadcasts, information on evictions, cell phone recordings in the Parliament, you name it. Pernar cleverly uses all means of the modern era to make a brand out of his profile. ''He is one of those who use all advantages of Facebook quite well. First of all, he is doing all this just to make an incident so people can talk about it'', commented Kresimir Macan, a communications expert.

Just for comparison, the Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic has only 65,000 followers on Facebook, whilst the popular singer Severina has more than 900,000 followers.

The President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic is the most popular political figure on Twitter; however, she has only 43,600 followers, or ten times less than on Facebook. The Prime Minister Plenkovic is way behind her with 15,600 followers, whilst the former Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor has 13,000 followers. Kosor has managed to survive the political turbulence and keep her position in the Croatian political sky thanks to her sharp, fast and relevant twits on that social network.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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