We are entering an exciting new phase of human relations. Due to significant advances in the Internet and ‘Social Media,’ such as Twitter, governments and government representatives from across the globe can now communicate more fully and directly with one another and their constituents, without being mis- or re-interpreted by third parties in the media.
This ‘Brave New Era of Diplomatic Dialogue’ is now most commonly referred to as #eGovernment and #DigitalDiplomacy. Further, and perhaps more importantly, citizens can also directly and dynamically interact with their representatives at all levels of government. Third, citizens – We The Tweeple — can also more easily engage in what is formally referred to as ‘Citizen Diplomacy’, i.e. communicating with one another across cultures, nations, and geography. That is to say, Social Media facilitates more robust and direct two-way dialogues between more of us and among more of us than has been previously possible.
Indeed, in its own way, the New Social Media, have the potential of restoring a more direct form of Democracy such as the one that existed in the Agora of Ancient Greece. Just like any tool, however, the emerging ‘Social Media,’ are only as useful as we choose to make them. The New Social Media, and how we use of them, has the potential of improving transparency of governments, of enhancing democracy, and of improving human understanding across cultures through dialogue and discovery.
Obviously, one essential element to the Electronic Diplomatic Dialogue, is being sure of “Who is Whom” among electronic accounts purporting to bethose of governments and government officials. Hence, I assembled The “World Leader Twitter and Web Directory,” and have made it freely and publicly available with the simple goal of facilitating clear dialogue both among government officials and with their respective constituents.
Twitter, as a social platform, has several features that make it a good source for a Social Media Directory. First, Twitter Account Names are crisp, i.e. short, and easy to catalogue. Also, Twitter Profiles allow for links to Web Addresses, allowing quick access to information. Third, because Twitter Lists make it easy to gather together groupings of accounts pertinent to a particular topic of intersts.
I simply and sincerely hope the information contained within the “World Leader Twitter and Web Directory” is useful to my fellow citizens wishing to more fully engage in public diplomacy on our precious planet.
World Leader Twitter and Web Directory: http://
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World Leader Twitter Directory Spreadsheets: http://
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World Leader Twitter Directory on Google Drive: https://docs.google.com/
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