Techopedia Explains Twiplomacy
According to Burson-Marsteller, almost two-thirds of the United Nations' 193 member states have a presence on Twitter. Perhaps most famously, in the U.S., the Obama administration received high marks for using social media as a tool to inform, leverage and even apply pressure regarding the Administration's position on important issues. For example, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is well known for encouraging the use of social media tools throughout the foreign service.
Twiplomacy supporters have said that it is another way for governments to inform their constituents and deliver a direct line of access to public servants. Others fear that social media poses a potential threat to classic diplomacy between countries and that Twitter is not sufficiently complex for these types of relationships.
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