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It's Not New, But "Twiplomacy" Is Increasingly Refined

BY Jessica McKenzie | Friday, October 11 2013

"Real-time fire hose" (Wikipedia)

Oh, the things you can read on “that real-time fire hose of public opinion known as Twitter,” as the New York Times so aptly called it.

During the United Nations General Assembly meeting that took place in the last few weeks, it was the place to go for progress reports on negotiations over Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons. It was also where the president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, announced his “historic” phone call with Barack Obama, the first exchange of its kind between the United States and Iran in more than 30 years.

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World Leaders on Twitter and the Unwritten Rules of "Twiplomacy"

BY Nataliya Nedzhvetskaya | Friday, July 27 2012

Almost two-thirds of the 193 UN member states can be found on Twitter according to a “Twiplomacy” survey carried out by public relations firm Burson-Marsteller. While President Obama may have the greatest number of followers in the Twitter realm, he ranks low on engagement: only one percent of his tweets are replies. And the Obama account is only following two other world leaders, Norwegian President Jens Stoltenberg (@JensStoltenberg) and former Russian President Dmitri Medvedev (@MedvedevRussia). Read More

Hillary Clinton Launches "21st Century Statecraft" Initiative by State Department

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, May 13 2009

When it comes to government agencies adapting to the Networked Age, the State Department is no slouch. It's had an Office of eDiplomacy since 2003; its staffers make heavy use of an internal unclassified online ... Read More