Foreign Office use of social media is rapidly growing, tweets Foreign Secretary

Foreign Office use of social media is rapidly growing, tweets Foreign Secretary

“My #FollowFriday this week goes to the @foreignoffice”

Last week Foreign Secretary William Hague tweeted: “My #FollowFriday this week goes to the @foreignoffice, for its rapidly growing use of social media #digitaldiplomacy”.

He also said that his department, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), now engages with citizens on Facebook, Twitter and many other social networks and that over 30 ambassadors use Twitter, as opposed to three in 2010.  He added that there are now over 160 FCO Twitter channles in 19 languages; over 20 social media platforms; and over 100 bloggers.

In 2011, British diplomats were told to increase their use of social media websites, and Hague had said that “Our social media presence is strong, and growing, allowing us to respond to foreign policy challenges in a new way.”

Later in the year at the London Conference on Cyberspace, he also said that social media “narrowed the gap between governments and individual citizens” and “allows the exchange of ideas between people who otherwise never would meet.”

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