Afghanistan

Afghan politicians have adopted Twitter during the hotly contested presidential elections in 2014. The Afghan Government Media & Information Center is on Twitter since October 2010 and the Afghan presidency under President Karzai joined Twitter on 16 November 2011. The foreign ministry tweets since early 2012 and the foreign minister became active in March 2014.

Tweets from Afghanistan leaders

President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani

Afghan’s President Ashraf Ghani’s Twitter account was set up on 11 June 2009 but he only really started tweeting actively in June 2013. @AshrafGhani tweets mainly in English, chronicling his activities including live tweets from his public speaking engagements. The Twitter account has a good engagement with 79 percent of tweets being retweeted. @ashrafghani is not yet connected to his peers, unilaterally following India’s @NarendraModi and @BarackObama.

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Ashraf Ghani

@ashrafghani

President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Personal tweets from Dr. Ashraf Ghani are signed - AG.

Peer connections (as of April 2015)

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Tweets:2,549
Following:12
Followers:90,262
Joined Twitter: 06/11/2009
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 3.91
Retweets: 14%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.06
Replies/Tweet: 0.03
Tweets retweeted: 79%
Most mentioned @ashrafghani (19), @pajhwok (16), @TOLOnews (12), @1TVNewsAF (4), @Gharghasht (4), @qudratraihan (3), @Khalid_Aziz (3), @alibomaye (3), @shamshad_tv (3), @drabdullahjadrn (2).
Average of retweets 12

First tweet

Presidency of Afghanistan ارګ

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai set up the Afghan presidential account named after the Arg, the seat of the presidential palace. The first tweet was a TwitPic of Hamid Karzai meeting with Barack Obama. The Presidential Palace is quite active with more than five tweets per day but it is not conversational and only rarely @mentions other accounts. The account tweets mainly in English and is used only for broadcasting purposes of the activities of the president. The account is followed by eleven other world leaders, but doesn’t follow any other Twitter user.

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ارګ

@ARG_AFG

Official Account of the Office of the President of Afghanistan - ARG

Peer connections (as of April 2015)

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Tweets:6,756
Following:0
Followers:61,715
Joined Twitter: 11/16/2011
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 5.15
Retweets: 1%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.18
Replies/Tweet: 0.00
Tweets retweeted: 55%
Most mentioned @YouTube (546), @ashrafghani (24), @NATO (7), @IndiaToday (2), @ARG_AFG (2), @loyaJirga2013 (2), @Malala (1), @ashraf (1), @moiafghanistan (1), @_UNAMA_ (1).
Average of retweets 2

First tweet

Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah

Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan created his Twitter account during the election campaign on 7 February 2014. The account is very visual mainly sharing pictures of his meetings with various leaders. The account is fairly active with an average of two tweets per day. The account tweets mainly in Persian and sometimes in English.

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Abdullah Abdullah

@DrAAbdullah

Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Peer connections (as of April 2015)

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Tweets:1,128
Following:18
Followers:25,376
Joined Twitter: 02/07/2014
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 2.74
Retweets: 4%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.09
Replies/Tweet: 0.01
Tweets retweeted: 65%
Most mentioned @AfgPresident (28), @YouTube (19), @YahooNews (10), @washingtonpost (5), @Yahoo7 (4), @dw_english (3), @AJEnglish (3), @ShareThis (2), @rapplerdotcom (2), @NBCNews (2).
Average of retweets 4

First tweet

Government of Afghanistan GMIC Afghanistan

The Afghan Government Media & Information Center @GMICAfghanistan sent its first tweet in October 2010 stating the goal of addressing the information need of the Afghan public, media, national and international stakeholders. The account posts on average one tweet a day, mainly linking to press releases on its Facebook page and its website.

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GMIC Afghanistan

@GMICafghanistan

The GMIC was established in 2007 to respond to the great information need of the Afghan public, media,national and international stakeholders.

Peer connections (as of April 2015)

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Tweets:1,490
Following:20
Followers:18,269
Joined Twitter: 10/02/2010
Language: Persian/English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 0.91
Retweets: 10%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.01
Replies/Tweet: 0.01
Tweets retweeted: 24%
Most mentioned @AhmadShuja (3), @bsarwary (2), @YouTube (2), @jessradio (1), @GMICafghanistan (1), @nuluhaik (1), @DrTerryDJones (1), @Muniraa (1), @Stand_UpAmerica (1).
Average of retweets 1

First tweet

Government of Afghanistan Cabinet Office Afg

The official account of Afghanistan’s Office of Adminstrative Affairs and Cabinet Secretariat claims to be the first source of information for the Afghan cabinet and government. The account was set up on 24 September 2012 and tweets about every three days in Persian and in English. The account primarily tweets about cabinet and government appointments and decrees.

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Cabinet Office Afg

@OAAInformation

Official Twitter Page for OAA - Afghanistan's Office of Administrative Affairs & Cabinet Secretariat. The 1st source of information for Cabinet and Government.

Peer connections (as of April 2015)

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Tweets:237
Following:173
Followers:2,888
Joined Twitter: 09/24/2012
Language: Persian/English
Status: Dormant since 18.05.2014
Tweets/day: 0.26
Retweets: 10%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.04
Replies/Tweet: 0.03
Tweets retweeted: 20%
Most mentioned @MujMash (3), @Reuters (2), @loyaJirga2013 (2), @Press (1), @yarotrof (1), @BreakingNews (1).
Average of retweets 2

First tweet

Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Salahuddin Rabbani

Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani set up his Twitter account on 4 June 2011 and his Twitter account is linked to his Facebook page automatically tweeting whenever a new post is published there.

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Salahuddin Rabbani

@SalahRabbani

The Official Twitter account of Salahuddin Rabbani, Head of Jamiat-e Islami Afghanistan and Chairman of the Afghanistan High Peace Council.

Peer connections (as of April 2015)

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Tweets:58
Following:22
Followers:3,218
Joined Twitter: 06/04/2011
Language: Persian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 0.05
Retweets:
Mentions/Tweet: 0.03
Replies/Tweet: 0.02
Tweets retweeted: 55%
Most mentioned @SalahRabbani (2).
Average of retweets 2

First tweet

Foreign Ministry of Afghanistan MFA Afghanistan

The account of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan joined Twitter on 4 January 2012 under former Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul inviting followers to visit its website. The account is linked to the Facebook page of the foreign ministry which generates automated tweets with links to official photos, press releases and statements of the foreign minister. The Twitter stream takes the form of one-way communication as no interaction is carried out. Indeed, the account never @replied, retweeted, or @mentioned other users. The @MFA_Afghanistan is followed by 23 other world leaders, but hasn’t reciprocated yet.

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MFA Afghanistan

@MFA_Afghanistan

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Peer connections (as of April 2015)

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Tweets:1,580
Following:20
Followers:879
Joined Twitter: 01/04/2012
Language: Persian/English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 1.34
Retweets:
Mentions/Tweet:
Replies/Tweet:
Tweets retweeted: 8%
Most mentioned
Average of retweets 1

First tweet