Indonesia's First 'Twitter Election' Sets Record With Support for Jokowi

In this March 16, 2014 file photo Joko Widodo, left, campaigns as Jakarta governor before being elected president. (AFP Photo/Adek Berry)

By : Jakarta Globe | on 1:25 AM December 12, 2014
Category : News, Politics, Editor's Choice, Tech, Featured

Jakarta. A political analyst's tweet in June encouraging Indonesian constituents to vote for Joko Widodo in the presidential election is the second-most globally shared tweet of the year, with over 1 million retweets, Twitter says in its latest report.

The microblogging service said "Indonesia's Golden Tweet" was posted by Denn y JA, and that globally it came second only to a tweet from @TheEllenShow during the Academy Awards ceremony in March — which was a selfie photo studded with Hollywood stars, including Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

The tweet by @TheEllenShow was retweeted 3.37 million times, while that of @DennyJA_WORLD was retweeted 1.01 million times.

Denny, the founder of poll institute Indonesian Survey Circle (LSI) with 1.66 million followers on Twitter, tweeted in the month before Indonesia's July 9 presidential election:

"By retweeting this, you will contribute to the win of Jokowi-JK. Vote for a trusted leader [Jokowi] and an experienced one [JK]," he said, referring to Joko, now Indonesia's seventh president, and his running mate, Vice President Jusuf Kalla.

"Indonesia's Golden Tweet reflects the country's first 'Twitter Election,' with over 95 million elections-related tweets, contributing to the national conversation," Twitter said in its report "The 2014 #YearOnTwitter in Indonesia," a copy of which was sent to the Jakarta Globe.

Election-related topics were among the top 10 "fastest-rising conversations" on Twitter in Indonesia, which also included World Cup matches, the eruption of Mount Kelud and the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines' MH370 flight.

Election-related hashtags are some of the most used hashtags among Indonesian netizens, most of them in support of Joko, such as #AkhirnyaMilihJokowi (vote for Jokowi at last), #TegasPilih2 (vote for No. 2) and #Salam2Jari (two-finger salute, also in support of Joko).

Joko's own account, @jokowi_do2, is not among Twitter's list of 20 most -followed people in Indonesia, topped by celebrity heartthrob Agnes Monica (@agnezmo) with 11.8 million followers.

Twitter noted, however, that the former Jakarta governor's tweets, albeit rare, were often retweeted thousands of times each.

"[Joko] joins an influential list of world leaders who communicate on Twitter with citizens for digital governance and with other world leaders of digital diplomacy," the report said.

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