How Non-U.S. Heads Of State Use Facebook

Here's a look at how top world leaders are using Facebook.

We thought we’d take a look at some of the other world leaders using the social networking site. The results might surprise you, as well as our judging of each page on a scale of one to five likes.

The British Royal Family

Arguably the best of the royal families at leveraging Facebook, they do a good job of keeping fans up to date with the goings-on of our favorite royals, from the Queen down to some of the lesser known family members. The best feature is the crop of photos the family is quick to share, particularly of our favorite royals, William and Catherine (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge).

David Cameron

The Prime Minister of the U.K. has a solid following of almost 133,000 likes on Facebook. It must be tough to compete with those royals! While he’s among the most powerful world leaders on Facebook, his page takes a classic approach, no particularly fancy tabs or applications. It’s worth noting most of his liked pages relate to education initiatives.

Nicolas Sarkozy

The French President uses Facebook, in fact, his site was compromised earlier this year with a hacked status update declaring he won’t seek re-election in 2012. We were liking the site–particularly the photo album of Woody Allen’s visit–until we realized that the last post on the francophile’s wall was on May 25. C’est terrible!

Goodluck Jonathan

The Nigerian leader says on his page that he is “focused on serving my Creator, family and my country to the best of my ability.” The recently re-elected leader has 530,000 likes, and a simple page with photos, links, notes on big issues facing the country, and even a polls feature that asks about the biggest issue concerning his countrymen.

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

The Argentinian President has a very active Facebook following in a country where the social network has one of its greatest percentage market shares. That said, the page is a little plain, and doesn’t take full advantage of the tabs and applications available — that’s particularly disappointing given how Argentinians are on the site.

Benigno Aquino III

“P-Noy,” the leader of the Philippines, has an astounding two million likes coming in second only to Barack Obama, with 30 million. According to a study by comScore, the country is the “Social Media Capital of the World,” and Facebook is the Philippines most popular website. The president’s favorite books convey a fondness for French literature — Man in the Iron Mask, Three Musketeers and Les Miserables. It’s hard to argue with two million people, and we like the personal details.

Queen Rania

The Jordanian queen (pictured above) and wife of King Abdullah II calls herself “a mother, a wife, a boss, an advocate, a humanitarian, a queen” on her page, which boasts more than 700,000 followers. The Queen features an array of photos, links and information about her charitable groups, and tabs for a YouTube box and video. The imagery really grabbed us.

Abhisit Vejjajiva

The Thai Prime Minister and Democratic party leader boasts a respectable 690,000 likes and counting, and his page includes many handy features, including a livestream tab, video and plenty of photos. There’s even a tab for Sysomo Heartbeat, a monitoring and tracking tool for social media applications. Overall, this is a fairly straightforward page.

Which politician has the best Facebook in your opinion?