In early 2010, Prime Minister George Papandreou set up an institutional Twitter account @PrimeMinisterGR. A few months later the Greek government followed with @govgr. Both are institutional accounts managed by the Prime Minister’s office and tweeting mainly in Greek.

Government of Greece Prime Minister, GR

@PrimeMinisterGR is an institutional account set up on 12 January 2010 by digitally-savvy Prime Minister George Papandreou. It has since passed on to Prime Ministers Papademos, Pikrammenos and Samaras. Initially the account was particularly interactive and used to live tweet the prime minister’s speeches, using hashtags such as #greekpmlive and #euco. A shift to a more formal tone is evident since Antonis Samaras took over, with @PrimeMinisterGR mainly sharing links to official statements and press releases, as well as videos from speeches and statements. The account tweets exclusively in Greek, with the occasional tweet in English such as “Greece is changing. What is important is to persevere, so the sacrifices of the Greek people are not lost” sent on 19 March 2012. As interest in Greece remains high, the account has added another 17,000 followers in the past year. The administrators of the account have deleted 550 tweets sent in 2011 and 2012 including its most retweeted tweet announcing that the accounts of the prime minister on Twitter, Flickr, YouTube are institutional and will be handed to the new prime minister.

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Πρωθυπουργός της Ελλάδας | Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 01/12/2010
Language: Greek
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 0.71
Retweets: 4%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.03
Replies/Tweet: 0
Tweets retweeted: 80%
Most mentioned @euHvR (3), @MinDevGR (3), @neademokratia (3), @Elysee (2), @simonsinek (2), @syriza_gr (2), @govgr (2), @cathpain (1), @BBCHARDtalk (1), @WSJeurope (1)

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Prime Minister of Greece Σαμαράς Αντώνης

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has had a personal Twitter account since 19 October 2009; however, he has not been particularly active. It is a campaign account originally used before the elections for the leadership of the New Democracy party and during the election campaign in 2012. @Samaras_Antonis only follows four accounts: @Neademokratia, @EPP, @PrimeministerGR and @ONNED. The account has been mainly used to tweet about upcoming campaign appearances. Antonis Samaras himself has not signed any tweets; however, there is an obvious shift to a more personal tone in his tweets before the 2012 election. Since Samaras became Prime Minister in June 2012, the only tweet sent sharing a video titled “Greece now moves forward” has become his most popular tweet.

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Σαμαράς Αντώνης


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Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 10/19/2009
Language: Greek
Status: Dormant since 28.11.2012
Tweets/day: 0.03
Mentions/Tweet: 0.06
Tweets retweeted: 97%
Most mentioned @neademokratia (4)

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Government of Greece

The Greek government’s previous institutional Twitter account @govgr, created in October 2010, was fairly active until the national election and the change in government in June 2012. The account has been dormant ever since. Before its demise it was clearly dominated by official news about government activities and statements, linking back to the official website of the government and often retweeting ministerial accounts.

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Ο επίσημος λογαριασμός της ιστοσελίδας της Ελληνικής Κυβέρνησης. (Ευθύνη διαχείρισης: Ομάδα Επικοινωνιακού Σχεδιασμού της Γ.Γ του Πρωθυπουργού)

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 10/25/2010
Language: Greek
Status: Dormant since 15.06.2012
Tweets/day: 0.69
Retweets: 8%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.03
Replies/Tweet: 0.01
Tweets retweeted: 56%
Most mentioned @EVenizelos (12), @MinDevGR (4), @MineduBlog (3), @P_Yeroulanos (3), @chrisochoidis (3), @atolkas (2), @govgr (1), @YPEKA (1), @PrimeministerGR (1), @gpapak (1)

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Foreign Minister of Greece Evangelos Venizelos

Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos maintains the @EVenizelos account since October 2011. As reflected in his Twitter bio, Venizelos uses the account primarily in his capacity as president of the centre-left PASOK party, tweeting short statements, photos and videos of speeches and interviews, as well as articles in the national and international press. @EVenizelos had been particularly active in the run-up to the elections in May and June 2012. It is characteristic that the most used hashtags are #PASOK and #ekloges12 (#elections12), while his most popular tweet is one criticising the current prime minister two months before they agreed to form a coalition government. The @EVenizelos account also tweets about his activities as deputy prime minister and foreign minister, especially since Greece assumed the rotating presidency of the EU Council in January 2014. However, Venizelos has not built a diplomatic network on Twitter, the only mutual connection being the French foreign ministry and Foreign Minister @LaurentFabius.

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Evangelos Venizelos


Πρόεδρος του ΠΑΣΟΚ | President of PASOK | Επίσημος λογαριασμός twitter

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 02/28/2009
Language: Greek
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 3.03
Retweets: 3%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.05
Replies/Tweet: 0
Tweets retweeted: 66%
Most mentioned @pasok (17), @NChatzinikolaou (14), @TheWilsonCenter (13), @PES_PSE (12), @EVenizelos (12), @TheProgressives (7), @GreeceMFA (6), @JZarif (5), @gr2014eu (5), @LaurentFabius (4)

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Foreign Ministry of Greece Υπουργείο Εξωτερικών

The official Twitter account of the Greek ministry of foreign affairs was created in April 2012. @GreeceMFA tweets about the latest developments in Greek foreign policy in English and Greek, mainly linking to the official statements and press releases on the ministry’s website. Greece in the European Union, bilateral relations with Turkey and Israel, are prominent themes. The Greek foreign ministry is fairly well connected, following 36, followed by 20 and mutually connected with 25 other foreign ministries and world leaders. A fairly active account, its interaction with other users is limited to retweets, mainly of the Greek EU Presidency @gr2014eu and the prime minister.

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Επίσημος λογαριασμός twitter του Υπουργείου Εξωτερικών. Official twitter account of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs | Greece in the World.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 04/19/2010
Language: Greek/English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 1.83
Retweets: 11%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.13
Replies/Tweet: 0.01
Tweets retweeted: 45%
Most mentioned @EVenizelos (283), @kourkoulasdim (32), @IKasoulides (9), @UN (6), @AndersFoghR (5), @AnastasiadesCY (4), @jensstoltenberg (4), @CyprusMFA (4), @KRuddMP (3), @EspenBarthEide (3)

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