Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Can You Please Cut That Policy Statement Down to 140 Characters?

This is a really interesting example of a government office's use of social media.

"A Conversation about Using Social Media in Public Diplomacy, with David Saranga, Israel's Consul for Media and Public Affairs" - January 1, 2009.

excerpt from the blog post:

On December 30, 2008, the Israeli Consulate General in New York hosted a "citizens' press conference" and invited interested parties to send the Consulate questions about the recent Israeli military actions in the Gaza Strip, using the social media website Twitter.com. This is probably the first time a country's diplomats have embraced the use of Twitter for outreach to audiences for their messaging.

In addition to Twitter, the Israeli Consulate also utilizes Facebook, Myspace, Youtube, and a blog about Israeli life and culture.

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