US State Department now taking questions on Twitter

According to State Department Press Secretary Victoria Nuland, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is encouraging employees at the State Department to use new technology and social media as a key part of their foreign policy agenda.

Each Friday during the month of January, they will be taking direct questions from some of the 10 official Twitter feeds that they have. Citizens from around the world can ask questions directly to them, using the hashtag #AskState.

Nuland said the State Department has 193 social media accounts, about 100 of which are associated with specific embassies.

During the State Department Twitter briefing, Nuland answered 5 questions from the Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, English and French language twitter accounts.

Next week, the Secretary’s Senior Advisor for Innovation, Alec Ross, will participate in a LiveAtState video chat with journalists and bloggers from around the world U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince will also hold a Twitter Q & A on their ongoing partnership with the people and the Government of Haiti, two years after the devastating earthquake of January 2010.

She says that @Department is one of their Twitter Accounts.

So we look forward to answering your questions and hope you’ll check out the Department’s Facebook page, our @Department Twitter feed, our DipNote blog, our to learn more about what we are up to. So let’s get on to the questions.

But it looks like @Department is NOT a verified Twitter Account, and is holding someone else’s name “jan bentley”.

And, it looks like the Department of State is going to use only the Twitter and Facebook, it didn’t mention about Google+ which is growing very rapidly.


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