Government of Germany Steffen Seibert
Steffen Seibert, the German government spokesman was quick to clarify Angela Merkel’s comment about the internet being unchartered territory that she meant "new political territory" on his official @RegSprecher Twitter account which has become Chancellor #Merkel’s voice on Twitter. His foray into Twitter in February 2011 irritated and angered the Berlin press corps who felt sidelined by the new communications channel. Steffen Seibert tweets on average four times a day, personally engaging with his followers: a quarter of his tweets are @mentions of other Twitter and another quarter are @replies. Seibert who generally tweets in German happily answers questions from Twitter users, except on weekends as he once tweeted in English: “It is Sunday and even I don't work 24/7.” The former journalist has organized several Twitterviews, hour long Twitter Q&A sessions which account for the spikes in the chart below. Thirteen percent of his posts are retweets of other government ministers mainly from the foreign ministry @AuswaertigesAmt and other ministries. Steffen Seibert’s most successful tweet concerns the ban of Twitter in Turkey. The account of Angela Merkel’s spokesperson is unilaterally followed by 17 other foreign leaders but mutually follows only the @Elysee palace, the @EU_Commission, and Herman van Rompuy @euHvR.
Tweet analytics (as of June 2014)
|Most mentioned||@tdotbpa (51), @tddebpa (41), @max_power84 (17), @TiloJung (12), @peteraltmaier (12), @EinAugenschmaus (11), @BlackadderBlog (6), @Heinz20122 (5), @thomas_wiegold (5), @AktionDemograph (5).|
Guten Tag, aktuelle Informationen zur bundesregierung ab heute auch per Twitter. Folgen sie mir unter @RegSprecher. Ihr Steffen seibert— Steffen Seibert (@RegSprecher) February 28, 2011
Most popular tweet
In einer freien Gesellschaft ist es die Entscheidung der Bürger, wie sie kommunizieren wollen, nicht des Staates. #Türkei— Steffen Seibert (@RegSprecher) March 21, 2014