Saturday, February 9, 2013

Social Media for Good V

Secretary Clinton ended her tenure at the State Department with multiple media events. The one of most interest to social media was her Global Town Hall on January 29.

With Australian newscaster Leigh Sales she took questions from college students in India, Nigeria, England, Japan, Columbia, and Lebanon. Social technologies used were Facebook, Twitter, Sina Weibo (the Chinese version of Twitter), emails, and IP Video Conferencing.View the video here.

Were you aware that Clinton was the first Secretary of State to require that departmental employees are trained in the use of social media?

Is this propaganda? Most certainly. Does it contribute to global understanding? Personally, I find it hard to argue that any reasonably open event that promotes communication across borders and cultures is not a good thing.

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