Singapore

The Prime Minister of Singapore and his government have been on Twitter since 2009 and the accounts have proven useful communication tools.

President of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore is one of the few world leaders who tweet personally, signing his tweets with his initials LHL. @LeeHsienLoong tweets on average once a day but he rarely @replies to other users. He often shares pictures of the cities he visits and even takes the occasional selfies with his admirers. Lee Hsien Loong is not the best connected world leader, unilaterally following Indonesian President @SBYudhoyono and mutually following only Malaysia’s @NajibRazak, and the @PMOindia account. In June 2013 he used Twitter to discuss Singapore’s haze problem with updates and links to websites. On 25 June 2013 he tweeted: “Gracious of President @SBYudhoyono to apologise for haze. He said Indonesian Police will investigate and take action. - LHL #sghaze”. The majority of his tweets are in English but he occasionally tweets in Malay and used Chinese to celebrate the Vesak Buddha anniversary and Hindi on the occasion of the Deepavali festival. His most popular tweet was a quote from his Singapore’s National Day Rally speech: “PM to parents: No homework is not a bad thing. IT is good for children to play, and learn thru play #ndrsg.”

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Lee Hsien Loong

@leehsienloong

Official Twitter account of the Prime Minister of Singapore, maintained by the Prime Minister's Office. Tweets by Mr Lee are signed LHL.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:984
Following:17
Followers:104,160
Joined Twitter: 04/23/2009
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 1.06
Retweets: 0%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.12
Replies/Tweet: 0.01
Tweets retweeted: 99%
Most mentioned @NajibRazak (14), @SingaporePolice (4), @jokowi_do2 (4), @SBYudhoyono (3), @ChannelNewsAsia (3), @temasekpoly (3), @iloilomovie (3), @chuanjin1 (3), @MAS (2), @SSTSingapore (2)

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Government of Singapore Singapore Government

The Singapore haze is also clouding the government’s Twitter account which regularly retweets the Air Pollution PSI index from Singapore’s National Environment Agency (@NEAsg). Since 17 June 2013, the government has used its Twitter account to provide health warnings and advice to people with its haze hashtag #sghaze. The government is active on Twitter since July 2009 and the account is used primarily to give updates on policy issues, mostly linking to government statements. It sometimes retweets the ministry of foreign affairs (@MOFsg) as well as other government departments and Prime Minister @LeeHsienLoong. The most popular tweet was sent on 7 August 2012 congratulating “Team Singapore table tennis team for the 2nd Olympics medal win in the London 2012 games.”

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Singapore Government

@govsingapore

Gov.sg - the official Twitter account of the Singapore government. Your first stop for the very latest policy announcements, information and news on Singapore.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:6,273
Following:86
Followers:27,156
Joined Twitter: 07/15/2009
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 3.23
Retweets: 22%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.12
Replies/Tweet: 0.01
Tweets retweeted: 43%
Most mentioned @NEAsg (292), @leehsienloong (15), @MOEsg (9), @REACH_Singapore (7), @MOFsg (7), @sporeMOH (5), @MOM_sg (5), @MNDSingapore (4), @cybpioneer (4), @MTI_Sg (3)

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Foreign Ministry of Singapore MFAsg

Singapore’s foreign ministry is mainly tweeting “MFA press statements” on its Twitter feed since 15 July 2009. They account generally tweets about travel information, and sometimes retweets travel advisories from the official consular Twitter account of the foreign ministry @MFAsgConsular. The account rarely uses hashtags and its most popular tweets are concerning Singapore’s ranking worldwide such as the announcement that “Singapore’s Changi Airport was voted best in Asia” and not coming far behind was the publication of Forbes richest country list where Singapore placed third.

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MFAsg

@MFAsg

Official Twitter page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:2,631
Following:70
Followers:4,917
Joined Twitter: 09/25/2009
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 1.5
Retweets: 0%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.02
Replies/Tweet:
Tweets retweeted: 10%
Most mentioned @MFAsgConsular (56), @ClarenceHouse (1), @What (1)

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