Albania

The Albanian government has stepped up its communication and outreach on Twitter over the past year. The prime minister and the foreign minister both maintain personal accounts and the ministry of foreign affairs provides information in English.

President of Albania Edi Rama

Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama (@EdiRamaal) is the most followed Albanian politician and has been on Twitter since 28 March 2011. He is quite active with almost four posts per day, a third of which are retweets. His feed has a casual tone, frequently posting pictures, including numerous selfies taken by Edi Rama himself. He predominantly uses his Blackberry to send his tweets which are exclusively in Albanian. While following 14 other global leaders he is only mutually connected to the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs @FedericaMog.

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Edi Rama

@ediramaal

Faqja Zyrtare e Kryeministrit të Republikës së Shqipërisë

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:4,106
Following:284
Followers:123,980
Joined Twitter: 03/28/2011
Language: Albanian/English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 3.6
Retweets: 24%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.24
Replies/Tweet: 0.22
Tweets retweeted: 62%
Most mentioned @PyetEDIRAMEN (338), @PyetKM (165), @jnikolla (14), @Daphne_Dafina (6), @Editaraelira (5), @thimisamarxhiu (4), @gjeloshkasa (4), @Eraldo_Xhelili (4), @3_biebs (3), @Dritiiii (3)

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Foreign Minister of Albania Ditmir Bushati

The Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati joined Twitter in February 2013. He tweets in English and in Albanian more than once a day with almost a quarter being retweets, mainly of the prime minister. Apart from pictures of and information about his meetings the feed is dominated by comments on the country`s accession process to the EU and the close ties to Kosovo, which is exemplified by the most retweeted Tweet: “Writing a new page of strategic cooperation #Albania #Kosova! Thank you for this beautiful day in Prizren @Enver_Hoxhaj and Kosova govt!”

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Ditmir Bushati

@ditmirbushati

Father & husband. Foreign Minister of Albania since September 2013. @AlbanianMFA

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:969
Following:202
Followers:16,303
Joined Twitter: 02/18/2013
Language: English/Albanian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 1.55
Retweets: 33%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.23
Replies/Tweet: 0.02
Tweets retweeted: 51%
Most mentioned @Enver_Hoxhaj (17), @EVenizelos (8), @StefanFuleEU (8), @FedericaMog (7), @MirelaKumbaro (5), @vpusic (5), @ediramaal (5), @YouTube (4), @sebastiankurz (4), @MiroslavLajcak (4)

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Foreign Ministry of Albania Albanian MFA

The Albanian foreign ministry has set up an English Twitter account @AlbanianMFA on 13 May 2010 and an Albanian account @MinJashtme on 27 January 2012. The Albanian account which had only 250 followers was discontinued in 2014. The foreign ministry tweets every second day, mainly posting statements from its official website to its 2,000 followers. The account only rarely @mentions or @replies other users. However, the Albanian foreign ministry is very well connected among other global leaders, especially its neighbors, unilaterally following 30 and being mutually connected to 19 other foreign ministries.

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Albanian MFA

@AlbanianMFA

Official Twitter feed of the Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:1,447
Following:435
Followers:2,817
Joined Twitter: 05/13/2010
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 0.88
Retweets: 44%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.2
Replies/Tweet: 0.03
Tweets retweeted: 36%
Most mentioned @ditmirbushati (130), @AlbanianMFA (63), @Pontifex (9), @ediramaal (9), @topchanneltv (6), @FedericaMog (6), @EVenizelos (4), @RudinaXhunga (4), @edgarsrinkevics (4), @HonJohnBaird (3)

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