On Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. EDT, the U.S. Department of State will host a special Twitter Briefing. Department Spokesperson Toria Nuland will take questions submitted to the Department’s official English-language Twitter feed @StateDept and official Arabic-language feed @USAbilAraby. Questions can be submitted starting today to @StateDept and @USAbilAraby using the hashtag #AskState.
Spokesperson Nuland will answer questions from the podium in the Department’s press briefing room. Video clips of her responses will be made available on the Department’s YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/statevideo.
@StateDept and @USAbilAraby are two of the Department’s 11 official Twitter accounts. Others include @USAenEspanol (Spanish), @USA_Zhongwen (Chinese), @USAdarFarsi (Farsi), @USAenFrancais (French), @USAHindiMein (Hindi), @USAemPortugues (Portuguese), @USApoRusski (Russian), @ABDTurk (Turkish), and @USAUrdu (Urdu). These social media accounts serve as a conduit for the U.S. Department of State to inform and engage publics around the world on foreign policy issues. They also support the Department’s 21st Century Statecraft efforts, complementing traditional foreign policy by harnessing the digital networks and technologies of an interconnected world.
These Twitter briefings are part of the State Department’s on-going effort to engage audiences directly on foreign policy issues using our in-language social media properties.