Romania

The Romanian President and Prime Minister both have personal Twitter accounts, but while the Prime Minister’s is very active, the President’s account is dormant since December 2012. President elect @KlausIohannis is active mainly tweeting in Romanian. The Government also launched an institutional Twitter feed in early 2013, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has become more active in recent months, after having posted on and off for more than three years.

President of Romania Traian Basescu

Outgoing President Traian Băsescu set-up a personal Twitter account on 2 November 2009, just weeks before the Romanian presidential elections. After beating his opponent Mircea Geoană in the run-off election on 6 December 2009, @tbasescu tweeted only occasionally until July 2012. The account was revived then for the President’s impeachment referendum, which Traian Băsescu won, and later that same year for the general election campaign. Since Election Day on 9 December 2012 the account has been silent, as the President prefers to interact with fans on his Facebook page. President Băsescu used his Twitter feed purely as a campaign tool, but despite the lack of activity and engagement, the number of his followers continues to grow. In 2012 Traian Băsescu famously tweeted: “The Titanic wouldn't have sunk if I were captain”!

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Traian Basescu

@tbasescu

Presedintele Romaniei

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:134
Following:30
Followers:15,048
Joined Twitter: 10/08/2009
Language: Romanian
Status: Dormant since 09.12.2012
Tweets/day: 0.07
Retweets: 1%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.05
Replies/Tweet: 0.04
Tweets retweeted: 90%
Most mentioned @haotik (2), @loic (1), @BeerTweetMeet (1), @chinezu (1), @turcescu (1), @padehillerin (1)

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Prime Minister of Romania Victor Ponta

Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta started tweeting on 27 September 2010. Until October 2013 his Twitter feed was mostly automatically generated by the activity on his personal Facebook page and the latest entries on his blog. The account was most active during the 2012 general elections campaign, won by the political alliance he co-chaired, and the highest level of interaction from followers was registered between July and September 2013. In recent months, the Prime Minister’s team has started to use more pictures, hashtags and is interacting with other users. The account mainly shares the prime minister’s statements and media appearances, images, videos, and outcomes of his meetings and visits in Romania and abroad exclusively in Romanian. @Victor_Ponta follows 12 other world leaders, and, compared to 2013, is now mutually connected to five peers.

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Victor Ponta

@Victor_Ponta

Premierul Romaniei, presedintele PSD. Contul este gestionat de Echipa VP / Prime Minister of Romania, President of PSD. Account run by Victor Ponta’s Staff.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:3,648
Following:437
Followers:10,740
Joined Twitter: 06/16/2010
Language: Romanian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 3.21
Retweets: 1%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.04
Replies/Tweet: 0
Tweets retweeted: 65%
Most mentioned @YouTube (44), @MartinSchulz (12), @David_Cameron (5), @IurieLeanca (5), @JoeBiden (4), @matteorenzi (3), @JosephDaul (2), @thetimes (2), @VP (2), @CrinAntonescu09 (2)

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Government of Romania Guvernul României

The Romanian Government launched its institutional Twitter account on 20 February 2013, two weeks after its Facebook page. The Twitter feed is automatically generated by the institution’s activity on Facebook and on the official YouTube channel. The account is a one-way channel of communication, having little to no interaction with other users. The tweets revolve around the activity of the Prime Minister Victor Ponta, but details about projects and results of Government departments and ministries are also presented. An exception was the China-Central and East Europe Business Forum held in Bucharest on 25-27 November 2013, when the account was live-tweeting. During the three-day event, the designated hashtag, #investro, was used 122 times. @guv_ro is not a well connected account, following unilaterally José Manuel @BarrosoEU and mutually following @Victor_Ponta.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:749
Following:17
Followers:1,591
Joined Twitter: 03/31/2009
Language: Romanian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 1.2
Retweets: 1%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.1
Replies/Tweet:
Tweets retweeted: 23%
Most mentioned @YouTube (65), @guv_ro (6), @Victor_Ponta (1)

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Foreign Ministry of Romania MAERomania

The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been active on Twitter since 1 November 2009, when it started tweeting, as President Traian Băsescu, in preparation for the Romanian presidential elections. After two years of daily tweets, two years of occasional posts followed. The few and far between messages were mostly reactions to important international events, such as the Boston bombings. In 2014, @MAERomania has become a more active, dynamic and interactive Twitter user. It now tweets mostly in English, uses images well. It’s most popular post, retweeted eight times, was a statement of the Foreign Minister: ”Titus Corlăţean welcomes the favourable vote of the E.P. [i.e. European Parliament] on liberalization of the visa regime for citizens of the Republic of Moldova. http://t.co/rvlyZNDf8W”. The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is well connected, following 42 other foreign ministries and having 15 mutual connections.

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MAERomania

@MAERomania

MAE Romania/Romanian MFA tweets abt demarches of RO diplomacy and shares information of public interest for followers. Follow us!

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:2,263
Following:405
Followers:3,396
Joined Twitter: 10/15/2009
Language: Romanian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 1.24
Retweets: 2%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.08
Replies/Tweet: 0.07
Tweets retweeted: 23%
Most mentioned @ro_xygen (29), @cri_ned (18), @GeoAtreides (17), @Infinity_Guy (12), @chinezu (6), @nagyjeno (5), @bluegod (5), @MAERomania (4), @AlecSandor (4), @ralucisme (3)

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