10 Tips for Twiplomats: Around the World in 140 Characters


In October 2011, I gave a speech to Beirut Online Collaborative. Here’s an extract with ideas on digital diplomacy….
1. Know your followers: Of mine, I judge 25% to want to know more about life of Ambassador (what’s it like to have bodyguards? Do we really eat nothing but Ferrero Rocher?), 25% to be UK political junkies, 25% to be Lebanon political junkies, and the rest to be a mixture of the informed, interested, eccentric, curious and hostile. The Lebanese proportion is increasing so I’m tweeting more about Lebanon.

2. But don’t be defined by your followers. We need to reach out, without falling into trap of courting popularity. We’re not comedians, journalists or politicians, and we should not pretend to be. A high number of followers is a good sign you’re getting through, but is not an end in itself.

3. Be authentic. People can see the real…

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Citizen Diplomacy


Last week I joined TEDx at LAU. It was a remarkable event, bringing together many of Lebanon’s realistic dreamers, pioneers and creators. Defying the anxiety and uncertainty about, it gave me renewed hope in Beirutopia. 

Lebanon is the frontline for coexistence. If we cannot live together here, we will fail to live together in Madrid, Paris and London. If we cannot better manage the Middle East’s transition towards security, justice and opportunity, we will face a generation of upheaval. In the end, politics will prevail. The job of diplomats is to help it do so without decades of bloodshed.

When I arrived in Lebanon two years ago, I was a social media virgin. I went through a phase of information harvesting. Then a phase of excited engagement and connection. I’m still doing both, probably too much of both. But what I now believe is more exciting is mobilisation.

And that’s…

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The Tragedy of Twitter’s IPO


There is something quite new about social media, and it is not that it’s providing on a huge scale (of hundreds of millions) volunteer contributors of “content” that in weird and wonderful ways deliver huge sums (of billions) to those lucky entrepreneurs whose projects made it big. Well, OK, it is partly that. But if that is how we are looking at the #socmed phenomenon, we give evidence of something between severe myopeia and locked-in syndrome.

Twitter faces a double problem here. First, because of the tendency to group “social media” together (Pinterest and Twitter have about as much in common as the Stock Exchange and a town hall meeting – oh yes, people, large public rooms, engagement). From one angle it is one of the Big Four, with Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube. But that is the least interesting angle.

Second, because the world of media…

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#UNGA: United Nations Ambassador and UN Programs Live Twitter Feeds

#UNGA68 Live Twitter Feed: Countries and Organizations with @UN Missions-New York Twitter Accounts:

This Twitter Feed runs off the ~63 Accounts in the List #UNGA68 hosted @VITweeple: https://twitter.com/VITweeple/unga68/members

It includes: @UN @UN_Spokesperson @UN_PGA

@AUObsUN @EUatUN @IOMatUN @OICatUN @AfghanMissionUN @ArgentinaUN @AustraliaUN @BelizeMissionUN @ColombiaONU @CotedIvoire_UN

@CyprusUN @Denmark_UN @eritreaUN @Ethiopia_UN @FinlandUN @franceONU @GeorgiaUN @GermanyUN @GuatemalaONU @IsraelinUN @ItMissionUNNY

@courtenayrat @Kor_mission_UN @LebanonUN @LiechtensteinUN @LithuaniaUNNY @nawafasalam @PRLTUN @MalawiUN @AhmedSareer @MexONU @Ambmoses @KvanOosterom

@NLatUN @NZUN @GeirOPedersen @NorwayUN @PalauUN @Palestine_UN @PLinUN @PressRUSUN @RwandaUN @SLOtoUN @SAMissionNY @spainUN @SwedenUN @UAEMissionToUN

@UgandaMissionNY @LyallGrant @UKUN_NewYork @AmbassadorPower @USUN @USJoe_UN @ZambiaUN

@Amb_DESTA @AlemuZtekeda @eduardoulibarr1 @NestorOsorioL @JarmoViinanen @JorgeMontanoM

Twitter Accounts in Blue are @Verified.

Additionally Live Feed of ~ 190 @UN Programs and People:

Twitter Feed based on the List: https://twitter.com/VITweeple/un-programs-people

Cheers and Kind Regards,


20 September, 2013

Combined Live Twitter Feed of Leaders from Russia and the United States

This Twitter Stream is based on a selected collection of 23 Twitter Accounts from the Russian Federation and United States of America Governments.

The Timeline includes:

Russian Federation: 

President: Vladimir Putin @PutinRF @PutinRF_eng @KremlinRussia @KremlinRussia_E

Prime Minister: Dmitry Medvedev @MedvedevRussia @MedvedevRussiaE

Foreign Minister: Sergey Lavrov @MID_RF @MFA_Russia; Deputy Foreign Minister: Gennady Gatilov, @GGatilov

Ambassador to USA: Sergey I. Kislyak @RusEmbUSA

Ambassador to the UN-NY: Vitaly Churkin @PressRUSUN

Ambassador to the UN-Geneva: Alexey Borodavkin @ABorodavkin @mission_russian

United States of America:

President: Barack Obama @BarackObama @whitehouse @PressSec 

Vice President: Joe Biden @JoeBiden @VP

Secretary of State: John Kerry @JohnKerry @statedept @USApoRusski

Ambassador to RU: Michael McFaul @McFaul @USEmbRU

Ambassador to UN-NY: Samantha Power @AmbassadorPower @USUN

Ambassador to UN-Geneva: Betty E. White @USmissiongeneva

11 September, 2013


A twitter and web directory of @Diplocourier’s “Top 99 Under 33”

Today, Diplomatic Courier @Diplocourier just announced it’s list of 99 young men and women influential in shaping Foreign Policy from across the globe.

Their article, with profiles of the each of the young policy-makers: “TOP 99 UNDER 33 – CLASS OF 2013: Introducing the 2013 Top 99 under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders” can be found here: http://www.diplomaticourier.com/lists/top-99-under-33/2013/

Diplomatic Courier’s comment on this impressive grouping: “Is this “The Me, Me, Me Generation”? At the Diplomatic Courier, we hardly think so,” needs no further comment here!

The article is worth reading… and saving! Congratulations to all of the honoree’s.

I have compiled an initial Twitter and Web Directory containing each of the honoree’s in each of 7 categories of influence in foreign policy as defined by Diplomatic Courier.

Without further ado, here’s link the Directory I have compiled:DiploCourier’s Top 99 under 33 Twitter Directory (V1)

If you find an error, kindly let me know!!

cheers and kind regards,