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Um … did you see that recent review of social media use in embassies? That’s the one where the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General recommended that the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (also known as “R”) encourage embassies to develop post-specific guidelines about clearance requirements for social media site postings and responses to users’ comments and questions.
If its not on yet, the 140-character diplomacy clearance requirement is coming soon to a desk near you. Expect a lag time between tweet drafting and posting ‘cuz tweets must be punchy, witty and also informative. Of course, there will be Skillcraft editing for security reasons, style and may I just add, atmospherics? And just pray that your editor/clearance officer at post actually knows that tweets have nothing to do with those birds.