Social media and Twitter in particular are playing an important role in the Internet age as technologies play growing roles in world affairs. Twitter together with Facebook have become powerful tools for political activists around the world, serving as a vehicle to coordinate protests and quickly spread information as it happens. Political entities can share victories or other developments in campaigns.
Twitter chief Dick Costolo met on Friday with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as Internet age technologies play growing roles not only in political campaigns, but also in world affairs.
"Pleasure to meet with Secretary Clinton and the @statedept team today," Costolo said in a "tweet" he fired off at the popular one-to-many text messaging service.
San Francisco-based Twitter did not provide details of what Costolo discussed with Clinton during their meeting in Washington, D.C., according to AFP.
The US State Department in February held its first Twitter briefing in Spanish, as part of its policy of using new social media to reach out to the international community. The State Department has Twitter feeds in 11 languages: English, Arabic, Turkish, Chinese, Farsi, French, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.
"These social media accounts are conduits for the US Department of State to inform and engage individuals around the world on American foreign policy issues," the department has publicly stated.
"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," it added.