Belgium

The Belgian Royal Palace opened its Twitter account on the day of the ‘Joyous Entry’ of King Philippe on 6 September 2013. Tweets are usually sent twice, in Dutch and French, the official Belgian languages and some are also sent in English. Tweets primarily deal with official royal matters and royal visits. The @MonarchieBe Belgian Royal Palace is very much a broadcasting account, without any interaction and the account does not follow any other Twitter user. None of the tweets contain any links to other sources, but the account is very visually focused. Almost every tweet includes a picture showing the King and Queen including some of low quality taken with an iPhone. The most popular tweet was sent when US President Barack Obama visited Belgium: “Welcome to Belgium Mr. President!” It contained a picture of King Philippe shaking hands with President Obama, but did not mention @BarackObama.

Royal Palace of Belgium Belgian Royal Palace

The Belgian Royal Palace opened its Twitter account on the day of the ‘Joyous Entry’ of King Philippe on 6 September 2013. Tweets are usually sent twice, in Dutch and French, the official Belgian languages and some are also sent in English. Tweets primarily deal with official royal matters and royal visits. The @MonarchieBe Belgian Royal Palace is very much a broadcasting account, without any interaction and the account does not follow any other Twitter user. None of the tweets contain any links to other sources, but the account is very visually focused. Almost every tweet includes a picture showing the King and Queen including some of low quality taken with an iPhone. The most popular tweet was sent when US President Barack Obama visited Belgium: “Welcome to Belgium Mr. President!” It contained a picture of King Philippe shaking hands with President Obama, but did not mention @BarackObama.

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Belgian Royal Palace

@MonarchieBe

Officieel Twitter-kanaal van het Koninklijk Paleis, België - Compte Twitter officiel du Palais Royal, Belgique

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Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:683
Following:0
Followers:21,783
Joined Twitter: 07/27/2013
Language: English/French/Dutch
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 1.61
Retweets: 1%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.3
Replies/Tweet: 0.01
Tweets retweeted: 99%
Most mentioned @BelRedDevils (36), @CERN (9), @VBOFEB (7), @Davos (7), @Technopolis_Be (6), @mim (4), @SOBelgium (4), @KU_Leuven (4), @ActirisBrussels (4), @Belgodyssee (4)

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Prime Minister of Belgium Charles Michel

Belgium’s new Prime Minister Charles Michel started his Twitter account on 22 December 2009 and is fairly active with an average of 1.4 tweets per day. @CharlesMichel generally tweets in Flemish and French, the two official languages and sometimes in the same tweet. The account often posts pictures of his activities and more than half of the tweets are retweets mainly of his own party account @MR_officiel. Its most popular tweet was sent on 16 October 2014 when the new governing coalition was confirmed in parliament.

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Charles Michel

@CharlesMichel

Premier Ministre de Belgique / Eerste Minister van België / Premierminister von Belgien

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:2,487
Following:3,124
Followers:24,877
Joined Twitter: 12/22/2009
Language: French/Flemish/English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 1.44
Retweets: 51%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.37
Replies/Tweet: 0.18
Tweets retweeted: 20%
Most mentioned @above_the_ocean (28), @MR_officiel (24), @AddToAny (24), @FredCauderlier (21), @Chaos_Be (19), @CharlesMichel75 (16), @PaulMagnette (16), @franz_andre (14), @lalibrebe (13), @grosfilley (11)

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Foreign Minister of Belgium didier reynders

“I’m coming on Twitter” was Didier Reynders’s unfortunate first tweet when Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs joined Twitter in May 2009. He is quite active with more than eight tweets a day. He tweets consistently in French and Dutch, Belgium’s official languages @mentioning other Twitter users in every third tweet. However he is not very conversational as only a fraction of his tweets are @replies. He frequently shares news stories from Belgian media such as La Libre Belgique @lalibrebe, La Dernière Heure @ladh, @RTBFinfo @LeSoir and @DeMorgen. Indeed, his most retweeted tweet was the title of and link to an rtbf.be article “Intervention en Syrie: la Belgique pas prête à s'engager sans preuves”. Didier Reynders tweets an interesting mix of personal thoughts and political statements.

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didier reynders

@dreynders

deputy prime minister and foreign affairs minister

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:10,680
Following:4,565
Followers:45,594
Joined Twitter: 05/02/2009
Language: French/Flemish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 7.07
Retweets: 25%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.35
Replies/Tweet: 0.03
Tweets retweeted: 69%
Most mentioned @Bruxelles (75), @RTBFinfo (70), @lalibrebe (62), @BelRedDevils (38), @ladh (37), @RTBF (37), @MR_officiel (28), @lesoir (26), @uccle (25), @LeVif (18)

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Foreign Ministry of Belgium Belgium MFA

In October 2013, the Belgian Foreign Ministry’s press office changed the name of its twitter account from @MFABelgiumMedia to @BelgiumMFA. Tweets are in French, Dutch and English and sent on average once a day. 14% percent of the tweets are retweets, unsurprisingly mostly retweeted from Belgium’s Foreign Minister @DReynders. A large majority of the tweets contain links to further information about the daily activities and announcements of the Minister and the Foreign Ministry. The Foreign Ministry is mutually connected with 15 other political leaders and foreign offices on Twitter.

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Belgium MFA

@BelgiumMFA

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belgium - Official Account

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:1,229
Following:118
Followers:4,783
Joined Twitter: 09/27/2011
Language: French/Flemish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 1.22
Retweets: 15%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.45
Replies/Tweet: 0.07
Tweets retweeted: 64%
Most mentioned @dreynders (291), @coe (18), @UNinBrussels (14), @eu_echo (9), @MinBuZa_news (6), @Eurpeace (6), @UN (6), @alexanderdecroo (5), @nicolebrillo (4), @MonarchieBe (4)

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