Foreign Secretary @williamjhague meets his Twitter followers
William Hague has been the most active foreign secretary we have had on Twitter and this week he marked his 100,000 follower milestone by meeting five of his followers for a discussion about foreign policy.
The meet the Foreign Minister sit down follows the news last week that Prime Minister, David Cameron, is finally set to join Twitter.
It is, albeit in a small way, another sign of social media making its way into the heart of government.
Hague finished the meeting by saying that he was ”even more enthusiastic about the value of Twitter and social media in diplomacy and politics”.
That is a long way from the view that Cameron once took when he charming he said: “too many tweets might make a twat”.
To get the chance to sit down with the former Tory leader, the Foreign Secretary invited his followers to send a tweet including the hashtag #meetFS and say either what idea, innovation or trend you think will have the greatest impact on our world over the next 20 years; or what they believed the Foreign Office’s priorities should be over the next year?
From the hundreds of people who tweeted suggestions, the Foreign Secretary met Kate Jamieson (@kejamieson), Antonia King (@antoniaking) Aaron Ellis (@aaronhellis) who writes on foreign affairs for @Toryreformgroup, Jack McCann (@Jack_Mc_Cann) and James Willby (@JamesWillby).
According to the Foreign Office, during the discussion the five told the Foreign Secretary how Twitter has become a valuable news source and how following the right people can provide a valuable insight into foreign policy debate.
It clearly had an effect after the event the Foreign Secretary tweeted this on his account @williamjhague:
““After this #meetfs I’m even more enthusiastic about the value of Twitter and social media in diplomacy and politics.”