Obama’s transition team has garnered much of the spotlight surrounding “Government 2.0″ in recent weeks, and with good reason. He is on a quest to bring transparency to the federal government via blogging at change.gov and “fireside chats” on YouTube. It will be an uphill battle to say the least, but the quest is noble; and as someone fighting for this type of change at the state government level, I most certainly hope he succeeds.
But there is big news out of Washington this week (as opposed to Chicago) on the microsharing front. The State Department waded into the social media waters in September of 2007 by starting their blog Dipnote. A month later they joined Twitter (@dipnote). It’s a less-than-ideal Twitter account, in my opinion, because it’s simply a feed of their blog headlines — there’s no human touch, like with 10 Downing Street’s account (@DowningStreet). However, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy, Colleen Graffy, has a personal Twitter account (@Colleen_Graffy) and she’s using it to keep her followers up-to-date as she visits Romania during “International Education Week.”
For those of you on Twitter, you can experience public diplomacy in real-time as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy, Colleen Graffy, travels to Bucharest and twitters along the way. It is “International Education Week” in Romania, and she will be meeting with students, Fulbright scholars, conducting media interviews, visiting the University of Bucharest, and speaking at the Romanian Diplomatic Institute, among other things. Follow the details of Colleen Graffy’s trip here, and don’t forget, DipNote is also on Twitter.
So far she’s visited the US Embassy, met with the Fulbright Commission, done a couple of interviews, and met Remus Pricopie, State Secretary for Education. It’s a fascinating, real-time look into the world of a US diplomat.
(Note: Ms. Graffy has changed her Twitter handle from @cgraffy to @Colleen_Graffy since the time this article was first published.)
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