Today, we are pleased to re-launch the U.S. Department of State's official blog, DipNote. Welcome to our new readers as well as our returning ones; we hope you like what you see.
DipNote was the first-ever, U.S. Cabinet-level blog when it launched in 2007 and has become a key online platform on which senior State Department leaders can discuss foreign policy issues. However, technology has changed, and so we've redesigned the blog to include greater functionality and interactivity with an emphasis on visual content.
We remain committed to using our blog as a means to inform and engage the American people and those around the world, and by doing so, we will hopefully help make foreign policy a little less foreign.
One of the first ways we can demystify foreign policy is by defining the terms diplomats use. A "Dip Note," also known as a diplomatic note, is an actual term used for formal correspondence between governments or international organizations, such as the UN. As the primary foreign affairs agency for the U.S. government, the U.S. Department of State is in charge of maintaining diplomatic relations with other countries -- which includes formally communicating between the U.S. government and a foreign government.
And while "Dip Notes" represent a formal means of communication between two institutions, we hope this blog continues to serve as an informal platform for discussion among people. That's something we saw when we asked you, our readers, if we should change the blog's name when we gave it a new look. You, our readers, voted to keep the name "DipNote." So today we share the new DipNote, which incorporates responsive design to provide users the best possible viewing experience across devices, from desktop monitors to mobile phones.
We hope the redesigned blog signifies our commitment both to innovation and to engagement. We value your input and feedback, and we know that we must complement traditional foreign policy with the use of digital networks and technologies of today's interconnected world. Let's stay in touch.
About the Author: Mike Hammer serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs.