The government of Guatemala started its Twitter activity in September 2009 under President Álvaro Colom. Since coming to power in January 2012 President Otto Pérez Molina has set up a new institutional account besides his personal profile.

President of Guatemala Otto Pérez Molina

In one of his first tweets Otto Pérez Molina summed up the use of Twitter: “Communication is actually easier when I have it in my pocket.” Guatemala’s President Otto Perez Molina started his Twitter activity in November 2009 and used it to share updates for his agenda and the Patriotic Party. The account was used as a campaign account and has remained active since his election on 11 September 2011. The account is being used to update its followers on the government’s activities, including those in which the president is not attending. 15% of its tweets are retweets, often of the institutional @GuatemalaGob account. This account, according to statements made by the president, is managed by his communication team, and mainly follows news outlets and other ministries in order to share their news. The most retweeted tweet is a red alert warning about the 7.4 magnitude earthquake that struck off the Pacific coast of Guatemala on 7 November 2012. President Molina is mutually connected with three other world leaders mainly from Latin America.

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Otto Pérez Molina


Presidente Constitucional de la República de Guatemala.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 11/18/2009
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 2.77
Retweets: 17%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.15
Replies/Tweet: 0.03
Tweets retweeted: 77%
Most mentioned @GuatemalaGob (55), @roxanabaldetti (33), @ottoperezmolina (29), @mlopezbonilla (25), @CIVgt (15), @fdelrinconcnn (12), @ASinibaldi (11), @Laura_Ch (10), @EPN (9), @CNNEE (9)

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Government of Guatemala Gobierno Guatemala

The first tweet of the Guatemalan government’s Twitter account refers to malnutrition in the developing country: “By signing the #HambreCero treaty, we aim to reduce malnutrition by 10% in our country. This scourge affects 49% of the population”. The account broadcasts the activities of President Otto Pérez Molina, and shares news regarding the public policy plans the ministries are executing. Almost all tweets have a link to the news section of the government’s website.

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Gobierno Guatemala


Noticias e información del Gobierno de Guatemala.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 02/17/2012
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 6.57
Retweets: 8%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.12
Replies/Tweet: 0
Tweets retweeted: 71%
Most mentioned @ottoperezmolina (259), @mlopezbonilla (22), @roxanabaldetti (20), @PNCdeGuatemala (12), @ConredGuatemala (7), @ASinibaldi (6), @MagaGuatemala (5), @Ejercito_GT (4), @MINTRABAJOguate (4), @MEMguatemala (4)

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Foreign Ministry of Guatemala MINEX Guatemala

Guatemala’s foreign ministry has been active on Twitter since July 2010 and has been tweeting intermittently. The account had its peak activity in October 2011, when Guatemala was chosen as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, for the 2012-2013 term. The tweets of @MinexGT are broadcasting the activities of the foreign minister such as the presentation of diplomatic credentials, news linked to the ministry’s website, and activities of embassies and consulates abroad. @MinexGt has a low level of engagement with its followers, and interacts mostly with Guatemala’s main media outlets, such as @Prensa_Libre, @NuestroDiario, @EmisorasUnidas, and @Sonora696, among others. @MinexGt is not connected to any other foreign ministry and mutually only follows @OttoPerezMolina. The most retweeted post was published on 11 March 2011, sharing the contact number of Guatemala’s embassy in Japan for information related to the tsunami that struck Japan.

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MINEX Guatemala


Cuenta Oficial del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de la República de Guatemala

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 07/05/2010
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 0.33
Retweets: 14%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.1
Replies/Tweet: 0.03
Tweets retweeted: 21%
Most mentioned @YouTube (10), @NuestroDiario (2), @JoeBiden (2), @EmbaMexGua (2), @sonora969 (2), @ONU_es (2), @ONUGuatemala (2), @ottoperezmolina (2), @UKinGuatemala (2), @ONUWeb (1)

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