Costa Rica

Twitter has become part and parcel of Costa Rican political life. Former President Laura Chinchilla was one of the best examples of how to use Twitter to engage with her audience. President Luis Guillermo Solís set up his Twitter account in March 2012, two years before becoming president.

Tweets from Costa Rica leaders

President of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solís

Luis Guillermo’s account was created on 14 March 2012. The account is very active, posting on average 15 tweets per day a third of which are retweets mainly of the presidency @presidenciacr and Vice President Ana Helena Chacón @anita_chae. Content generally focuses on the daily activities of Costa Rica’s president, including images of his interactions with Costa Ricans, references to official announcements, and updates from official events. Since becoming president on 8 May 2014, direct interaction with his followers decreased significantly and it became a more informative account. One of his most popular tweets is a selfie with his six children: “Minutes away from entering the main stage I share this great emotion with my family.” @luisguillermosr is well connected with his peers, mutually following 14 other Latin American leaders.

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Luis Guillermo Solís

@luisguillermosr

Primer Servidor de la República de Costa Rica 2014 - 2018

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Tweets:11,594
Following:1,717
Followers:142,606
Joined Twitter: 03/14/2012
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 15.42
Retweets: 29%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.14
Replies/Tweet: 0.03
Tweets retweeted: 65%
Most mentioned @presidenciacr (21), @mercedespdcr (21), @fuerzapublicaCR (17), @anita_chae (13), @ONU_es (11), @richardquest (11), @ccssdecostarica (10), @SouthwestAir (9), @asambleacr (9), @CelsoGamboaCR (8).
Average of retweets 7

Presidency of Costa Rica Casa Presidencial CR

The institutional account of the Costa Rican presidency is fairly active with almost 10 tweets per day. The account tweets news stories, press releases and the daily activities of the president, the vice president and the different ministers. 43% of the tweets are retweets mainly of @luisguillermosr and Vice President Ana Helena Chacón @Anita_Chae. The account often features YouTube videos and live tweets key speeches. The Twitter accounts of Costa Rica’s ministry of foreign affairs (@cancilleriacrc) and the country’s official news channel (@NoticiaCR) are among the profiles that most frequently retweet the content from @presidenciacr. The Costa Rican Presidency is well connected to its peers, mutually following 10 other mainly Latin American leaders.

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Casa Presidencial CR

@presidenciacr

Twitter Oficial de Casa Presidencial, Costa Rica. // Official Presidence of Costa Rica's Twitter Account.

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Tweets:29,329
Following:555
Followers:136,257
Joined Twitter: 05/17/2010
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 9.80
Retweets: 43%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.19
Replies/Tweet: 0.04
Tweets retweeted: 41%
Most mentioned @luisguillermosr (123), @anita_chae (92), @Laura_Ch (71), @presidenciacr (26), @SoniaMartaMora (22), @mercedespdcr (13), @seguridadcr (13), @ccssdecostarica (12), @HaciendaCR (12), @CelsoGamboaCR (10).
Average of retweets 4

Government of Costa Rica GobiernoCR

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GobiernoCR

@Gobierno_CR

Por una ciudadanía mejor informada

Peer connections (as of April 2015)

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Tweets:420
Following:92
Followers:1,453
Joined Twitter: 22/12/2014
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 6.00
Retweets: 16%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.05
Replies/Tweet: 0
Tweets retweeted: 58.11
Most mentioned @mercedespdcr (3), @anita_chae (3), @ccssdecostarica (2), @luisguillermosr (1), @presidenciacr (1), @asambleacr (1)
Average of retweets 1.8

Government of Costa Rica La Noticia CR

Created in January 2009, @NoticiaCR is the official news channel of the Costa Rica government. It was launched under the previous administration, Óscar Arias of the National Liberation Party (PNL). Very active from its launch until July 2011, the Twitter profile went into a dormant period lasting until the end of 2012. After a few posts, it regained activity in February 2013, averaging five posts per day including weekends. 42% of the tweets are retweets mainly of the presdidential account @presidenciacr and Presdient @LuisGuillermosr. Themes include public services such as education and health; updates from the government on employment levels; public spending; and the status of various national programs addressing issues such as environment, sports and culture. The profile switched to a more informative channel, creating a one-way conversation instead of interacting with the audience seeking engagement.

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La Noticia CR

@NoticiaCR

Contacto Directo del Gobierno de Costa Rica facebook.com/LaNoticiaCR

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Tweets:8,289
Following:227
Followers:39,332
Joined Twitter: 01/07/2009
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 5.41
Retweets: 42%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.10
Replies/Tweet: 0.01
Tweets retweeted: 18%
Most mentioned @Laura_Ch (245), @Sinart13 (8), @fuerzapublicaCR (6), @mgonzalezsanz (6), @seguridadcr (5), @AlfioPiva (5), @prensamag (5), @MEIC_crc (3), @luisguillermosr (3), @s (2).
Average of retweets 2

Foreign Minister of Costa Rica Manuel A. Gonzalez S

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Manuel A. Gonzalez S

@mgonzalezsanz

Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Costa Rica.

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Tweets:418
Following:377
Followers:1,120
Joined Twitter: 25/04/2014
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 1.22
Retweets: 4%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.08
Replies/Tweet: 2.82
Tweets retweeted: 49.72
Most mentioned @mgonzalezsanz (8), @AlePereiraL (3), @Douglas_Hoy (2), @elchamuko (2), @ONU_es (1), @BarackObama (1), @robfernandez42 (1), @sportXperts (1), @A_Nina_A (1), @fd2190 (1)
Average of retweets 2.21

Foreign Ministry of Costa Rica CRcancilleria

Costa Rica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has had a rocky relation with its Twitter accounts. On 27 February 2014 the Twitter account of Costa Rica’s Foreign Ministry @Cancilleriacrc with more than 13,000 followers was renamed to the party account @RedPLN as the election campaign started to heat up. The account has since been restored but has been dormant. A new @CancilleriaCR account was set up on the same day but it only has several hundred followers and also ceased its activity on 8 April 2014. A third account @CRcancilleria was set up on 30 October 2014 which chronicles the activities of Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel González Sanz who also has a personal Twitter account @MGonzalezSanz since 25 April 2014 just days before being appointed as Foreign Minister.

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CRcancilleria

@CRcancilleria

El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Costa Rica fue creado el 9 de abril de 1844.

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Tweets:319
Following:62
Followers:588
Joined Twitter: 30/10/2014
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 1.86
Retweets: 0%
Mentions/Tweet: 0
Replies/Tweet: 0.37
Tweets retweeted: 43.91
Most mentioned @yulianrojas (1)
Average of retweets 1.76