U.S. Department of State To Host Its First Twitter Briefing in Spanish

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 28, 2012

On Thursday, March 1, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. EST, the U.S. Department of State will host its first-ever Spanish-language Twitter Briefing. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Mike Hammer will take questions submitted to the Department’s official Spanish-language Twitter feed @USAenEspanol. Questions can be submitted starting today to @USAenEspanol, using hashtag #AskState.

Acting Assistant Secretary Hammer will answer the questions in Spanish from the podium in the Department’s press briefing room. Video clips of his responses will be available on the Department’s YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/statevideo.

@USAenEspanol is one of the Department’s 11 official Twitter accounts. Others include @StateDept (English), @USAbilAraby (Arabic), @USA_Zhongwen (Chinese), @USAdarFarsi (Farsi), @USAenFrancais (French), @USAHindiMein (Hindi), @USAemPortugues (Portuguese), @USApoRusski (Russian), @ABDTurk (Turkish), and @USAUrdu (Urdu). These social media accounts are conduits for the U.S. Department of State to inform and engage individuals around the world on American foreign policy issues. 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.

This press release is also available in Spanish

PRN: 2012/295