@StateDept passed 100,000 followers today on Twitter, and we want to take a moment to mark this milestone. The State Department is working hard to build networks and communicate with people around the world. Knowing the power of networks and social media, earlier this year, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said:
"I want to say a few words, but more than 140 characters, about the importance of social media tools, like Twitter, which are a critical part of what I at the State Department call 21st century statecraft. Thanks to these connection technologies, people can exchange ideas and information instantaneously, anywhere on the planet -- from a laptop in London to a cell phone in Cairo."
Here at the State Department, we are using Twitter to provide information on U.S. foreign policy via @StateDept. You can also follow one of our official foreign language accounts in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu. Our embassy colleagues are Tweeting in additional languages, such as German and Indonesian. You can find a list of U.S. embassies, consulates and other missions on Twitter here, and follow accounts for the latest foreign affairs news from such places as Egypt, Haiti, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations. You can keep up with the latest on our development agenda by following @USAID Administrator @RajShah.
State Department officials have taken to Twitter, too. Ambassador @KristieKenney is actively engaging her followers in Thailand, and @AmbStephens tweets regularly in Korean. @AmbassadorRoos used his account to provide critical information after the devastating earthquake struck Japan, and @usembassynz's Ambassador @DavidHuebner did the same after an earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand. Members of the Twitterati will certainly recognize the name of the Secretary of State's Senior Advisor for Innovation, @AlecJRoss. His tweets frequently appear among "Top Tweets" -- the most popular tweets at a given point in time.
In Washington, Under Secretary of State @usmariaotero provides updates on global affairs, while @Farah_Pandith engages Muslim communities in person and through Twitter. @State_SCA Robert Blake is focused on connecting with the people of South and Central Asia, and @AFAsstSecy Johnnie Carson shares the latest information on U.S. foreign policy in Africa. Our colleagues in the Bureau of Consular Affairs distribute travel alerts and other information via @TravelGov, a valuable resource for U.S. citizens traveling or residing abroad. Americans interested in educational and cultural exchanges will find a wealth of information from @AnnatState and @ConnectStateGov. And just this week, we welcomed Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance Rose @Gottemoeller, @USAmbAPEC Kurt Tong, and @IRFAmbassador Suzan Johnson Cook to Twitter.
There are so many conversations happening from the people here in DC, to our embassies in countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. It's hard to mention all of the great efforts in this one entry, but we are so excited about all the connections we are making and hope you will take a moment to check out several of the people and places you might want to mention in your next #FollowFriday: @amb_mike in Estonia, Assistant Secretary Jose Fernandez's @EconEngage, Ivo Daalder's @USAmbNATO, @USEmbassyBogota, @USEmbassyOttawa, @USPEPFAR, and @WHAAsstSecty.
As the Secretary said, connection technologies are bringing countries and cultures together like never before. Now, we'd like to hear from you. Share with us how you are using these technologies to connect with others, and we hope you will let us know what you think about our very own @StateDept.