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.

President of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solís

The @LuisGuillermosr account has been particularily active over the past months with an average of 26 tweets per day. The account broadcasts the daily activities of Costa Rica’s newly elected president such as media interviews he gives, often including photographs of Luis Guillermo Solís interacting with Costa Ricans and various journalists. The President does engage with his peers, frequently mentioning the presidency @presidenciacr, Vice President Ana Helena Chacón @anita_chae and former President Laura Chinchilla @Laura_Ch, among others. Since becoming president on 8 May 2014, interaction with his followers decreased significantly. 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.”

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Luis Guillermo Solís

@luisguillermosr

Primer Servidor de la República de Costa Rica 2014 - 2018

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:9,608
Following:1,701
Followers:117,300
Joined Twitter: 03/14/2012
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 15.1
Retweets: 22%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.22
Replies/Tweet: 0.1
Tweets retweeted: 69%
Most mentioned @presidenciacr (38), @mercedespdcr (27), @anita_chae (20), @ONU_es (11), @asambleacr (11), @ottoperezmolina (11), @ViviLaHistoria (10), @SoniaMartaMora (10), @elchamuko (9), @moptcr (8)

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Presidency of Costa Rica Casa Presidencial CR

The institutional account of the Costa Rican presidency is extremely active, with over 26,000 tweets sent since 17 May 2010 at an average of over 15 tweets a day. The account tweets news stories, press releases and the daily activities of the president, the vice president and ministers, consistently @mentioning or retweeting their Twitter handles. The account also has a good volume of its tweets retweeted by other users – more than 60% of total tweets. The account posts videos from YouTube videos, pictures from Instagram, live tweets key speeches and uses Storify to summarize the social media conversations. Its most retweeted tweet is the announcement that the social networks of the presidency are transferred to the new president @luisguillermosr.

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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 November 2014)

Tweets:27,461
Following:472
Followers:123,020
Joined Twitter: 05/17/2010
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 10.88
Retweets: 20%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.35
Replies/Tweet: 0.03
Tweets retweeted: 55%
Most mentioned @Laura_Ch (579), @presidenciacr (105), @luisguillermosr (92), @anita_chae (43), @fuerzapublicaCR (21), @MEIC_crc (18), @AlfioPiva (17), @RenecastroCR (12), @Prensa_MCJ (11), @LuisLiberman (11)

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Government of Costa Rica La Noticia CR

Created in January 2009 under the government of Óscar Arias, @NoticiaCR is the official news channel of the government of Costa Rica. Very active from 2009 to 2011 July, the account remained dormant until the end of 2012 but it was reactivated in February 2013. The account is fairly active with an average of 10 tweets per day, often retweeting the accounts of @PresidenciaCR and former president @Laura_Ch. The main themes of the account are related to public services, such as education and health, updates from the government on employment, investments and on different national programs.

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La Noticia CR

@NoticiaCR

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

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:8,199
Following:217
Followers:36,421
Joined Twitter: 01/07/2009
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 6.85
Retweets: 42%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.09
Replies/Tweet: 0.01
Tweets retweeted: 18%
Most mentioned @Laura_Ch (245), @Sinart13 (7), @fuerzapublicaCR (6), @prensamag (5), @AlfioPiva (5), @seguridadcr (5), @MEIC_crc (3), @s (2), @luisguillermosr (2), @leogarnier (2)

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Foreign Ministry of Costa Rica Cancilleria CR

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 has also ceased its activity on 8 April 2014. It remains to be seen which of the two accounts will become the official account of the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry.

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Cancilleria CR

@CancilleriaCR

Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:67
Following:622
Followers:424
Joined Twitter: 02/27/2014
Language: Spanish
Status: Dormant since 08.04.2014
Tweets/day: 0.27
Retweets: 27%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.19
Replies/Tweet: 0.13
Tweets retweeted: 16%
Most mentioned @CancilleriaEc (2), @aquia03 (1), @carofgb (1), @Dorysandoval (1), @yalifat1974 (1), @CancilleriaPA (1), @MariaANana43 (1), @jessizg (1), @kamaladidi (1), @CancilleriaCol (1)

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