Belgium

Twitter has become the main communications tool for Belgian politicians. Belgium’s King Philippe is not on Twitter himself, but the Belgian Royal Palace started an account a day after his accession to the throne in September 2013.

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 doesn’t 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 June 2014)

Tweets:422
Following:0
Followers:16,574
Joined Twitter: 07/27/2013
Language: English/French/Dutch
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 1.35
Retweets:
Mentions/Tweet: 0.18
Replies/Tweet: 0
Tweets retweeted: 100%
Most mentioned @CERN (9), @davos (7), @WIELS_Brussels (4), @AutoSalonBe (4), @mim (4), @Belgodyssee (4), @ChildFocusNL (2), @ChildFocusFR (2), @ozarkhenry (2), @skillsbelgium (2).

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Translation: The Joyous Entry of the King and Queen in Flemish Brabant starts

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Prime Minister of Belgium Elio Di Rupo

Belgian Prime Minister’s Twitter account was set up on 16 April 2007, a month after @BarackObama, however it was a fake account which the real Elio Di Rupo only recuperated several years later. Elio Di Rupo tweets primarily in French, and also in Dutch and English, regularly posting the agenda of the Council of Ministers as well as the official decisions taken. His most retweeted tweet was sent on 14 January 2013 saluting the legalization of same-sex marriages in Belgium: "I am proud of our modern country where all couples have the right to marry. #mariagepourtous #Belgium". Elio Di Rupo tweets regularly but he is not very conversational, however, he sits down for regular Twitter chats. During one of the chats he answered that he liked his “fries without mayonnaise”. His most used hashtags are #begov and #BelgianTalent. @ElioDiRupo is well connected, mutually following 10 other European leaders and he is often the first foreign leader to congratulate his peers on their elections such as his “friend François Hollande”.

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Elio Di Rupo

@eliodirupo

Premier Ministre belge · Eerste Minister van België · Prime Minister of Belgium

Tweet analytics (as of June 2014)

Tweets:3,807
Following:3,683
Followers:118,640
Joined Twitter: 04/16/2007
Language: French/Flemish/English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 4.34
Retweets: 2%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.21
Replies/Tweet: 0.02
Tweets retweeted: 90%
Most mentioned @PSofficiel (82), @ATurtelboom (30), @PaulMagnette (30), @BarackObama (16), @BEParalympics (14), @BelRTL (9), @johncrombez (9), @alexanderdecroo (9), @EnricoLetta (9), @uhasselt (8).

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Translation: OK, now it is my turn. I want Didier’s head or the job of Prime Minister…

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Translation: I am proud of our modern country where all couples have the right to marry. #mariagepourtous #Belgium

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 June 2014)

Tweets:10,236
Following:4,640
Followers:39,384
Joined Twitter: 05/02/2009
Language: French/Flemish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 8.06
Retweets: 20%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.32
Replies/Tweet: 0.03
Tweets retweeted: 69%
Most mentioned @lalibrebe (79), @RTBFinfo (72), @Bruxelles (70), @ladh (41), @RTBF (37), @MR_officiel (28), @uccle (23), @lesoir (22), @lavenir_net (18), @LeVif (17).

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Translation: Shocked by the killings at the Jewish Museum, my thoughts are with the victims I've seen on site and their families

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 June 2014)

Tweets:977
Following:110
Followers:3,486
Joined Twitter: 09/27/2011
Language: French/Flemish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 1.08
Retweets: 14%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.37
Replies/Tweet: 0.05
Tweets retweeted: 62%
Most mentioned @dreynders (169), @eu_echo (9), @coe (8), @MinBuZa_news (6), @Eurpeace (6), @nicolebrillo (4), @hilell2 (3), @UNFPA (3), @JPLabille (3), @UN (3).

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Translation: Minister Reynders met with the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council http://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/Newsroom/

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