Re-tweets: Pope beats Justin Bieber

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 20, 2012 08:36 hrs

New York: Pope Benedict XVI, who joined Twitter a week ago, has already beaten the microblogging site's biggest star, Justin Bieber in the race of retweets.

An analysis now showed that the Pope's believers were much more likely to re-tweet his words than Bieber's fans did for the pop star.

On Sept. 26, Bieber posted what turned out to be the second most retweeted message of 2012, and the most retweeted of his social media career to date, the New York Daily News reports.

But given that Bieber has over 31 million followers, it turned out that despite being retweeted 2,25,434 times, just .7 percent of the pop star's fans saw fit to pass on his words, the report said.

The report pointed out that in comparison, the Pope's biggest Twitter hit so far has been his inaugural tweet.

"Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart," the Pope wrote on Dec. 12.

Squashing Bieber's retweet rate, fully five pe rcent of the Pope's more than 1.2 million followers share the message, the report said. 

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