Haiti

Haiti’s government has increasingly made use of Twitter in the last years and the president, the prime minister and the foreign minister all have personal profiles. President Michel Martelly, also known by his musician stage name “Sweet Micky” initially joined Twitter as @PresidentMicky. The President’s account was renamed to @MichelJMartelly in March 2012 and the former account of @PresidentMicky has been protected so that no one could ‘take the mickey’.

President of Haiti Michel J. Martelly

Haitian President Michel Martelly tweets in three different languages, Creole, French and English. He is relatively active with three tweets per day. 20% of his posts are retweets, namely of @TourismHaiti, Prime Minister @LaurentLamothe and his wife @SophiaMartelly. Most retweeted have been his condolences after the passing of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez. Michel Martelly joined Twitter on 21 January 2010 at the start of his presidential election campaign. He follows 17 other global leaders and is mutually connected to nine of peers. The official account of the presidential palace @PalaisNational is dormant since 21 December 2012 and has only sent one tweet promoting the president’s blog http://MartellyHaiti.com.

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Michel J. Martelly

@MichelJMartelly

Michel Joseph Martelly, Prezidan Repiblik Ayiti - Président de la République d'Haïti.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:6,324
Following:16,394
Followers:96,601
Joined Twitter: 01/21/2010
Language: French
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 3.14
Retweets: 21%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.09
Replies/Tweet: 0
Tweets retweeted: 79%
Most mentioned @SophiaMartelly (40), @LaurentLamothe (24), @TourismHaiti (14), @MichelJMartelly (11), @DaniloMedina (10), @NicolasMaduro (7), @TourismSudHaiti (6), @MCHaiti (6), @carelpedre (5), @chavezcandanga (5)

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Prime Minister of Haiti Laurent Lamothe

The Twitter account of Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe was set up on 18 August 2011 a year before he came to power. @LaurentLamothe is very active with almost 17 tweets per day. Laurent Lamothe tweets in French and Creole and sometimes giving personal insights of his meetings. His team makes good use of pictures and videos capturing moments of his public appearances. On a visit to Sao Paolo in May 2013 his team trialed Twitter’s video application Vine, posting eight six-second videos capturing moments of his presentation. In a picture of a cabinet meeting one of his ministers can be seen surfing Facebook, rather than listening to the prime minister. His tweet “Haiti is now amongst the 5 safest countries in the Caribbean. Please RT” sent on 16 December 2011 is still his most popular tweet. Furthermore he is interactive, occasionally @replying and @mentioning other Twitter users. Most often mentioned is President @MichelJMartelly. Laurent Lamothe is among the top three best connected Latin American leaders, unilaterally following 57 and mutually connected with 25 world leaders.

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Laurent Lamothe

@LaurentLamothe

Premier ministre de la République d'Haïti

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:13,528
Following:32,239
Followers:61,485
Joined Twitter: 08/18/2011
Language: French
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 26.64
Retweets: 31%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.14
Replies/Tweet: 0.03
Tweets retweeted: 68%
Most mentioned @MichelJMartelly (106), @RRamirezVE (28), @JohnKerry (24), @YouTube (12), @ecfm_vcym (12), @TV5MONDE (11), @LaurentLamothe (9), @nesgat (9), @PresidenciaRD (8), @emailit (8)

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Foreign Minister of Haiti PierreRichardCasimir

Haiti’s Foreign Minister Pierre Richard Casimir opened his personal Twitter account on 13 January 2012, but after sending only 13 tweets the account went silent on 10 February 2012. Seven out of his 13 tweets sent are retweets of Prime Minister Lamothe who also welcomed him to Twitter: “#FF @PierreRCasimir and welcome on #Twitter to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Haiti“.

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PierreRichardCasimir

@PierreRCasimir

Secrétaire d'Etat aux Affaires Etrangères de la République d'Haiti

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:13
Following:55
Followers:252
Joined Twitter: 01/13/2012
Language: French
Status: Dormant since 10.02.2012
Tweets/day: 0.01
Retweets: 54%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.15
Replies/Tweet: 0.15
Tweets retweeted: 15%
Most mentioned @LaurentLamothe (2)

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Foreign Ministry of Haiti DiplomatieHaiti

The second Twitter account of the Haitian foreign ministry, set up on 20 March 2013 is equally active, tweeting on average average three times per day. Tweets are mostly written in Creole and French and the foreign ministry regularly retweets President @MichelJMartelly and Prime Minister @LaurentLamothe. Apart from the accounts of the president and of the prime minister of Haiti @MAECHaiti is only mutually connected to @FranceDiplo.

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DiplomatieHaiti

@MAECHaiti

Compte Officiel Twitter du Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et des Cultes

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:1,435
Following:361
Followers:3,141
Joined Twitter: 03/20/2013
Language: French
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 2.41
Retweets: 36%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.05
Replies/Tweet: 0.01
Tweets retweeted: 26%
Most mentioned @MichelJMartelly (17), @LaurentLamothe (12), @Petrocaribe (5), @HaitiMCI (3), @TNH_HT (3), @YouTube (2), @MTourismeHaiti (2), @TourismHaiti (2), @ConsulatHaitiMt (2), @carelpedre (2)

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Foreign Ministry of Haiti Chancellerie d'Haiti

The Foreign Ministry of Haiti has two institutional Twitter accounts. @MAE_Haiti was set up on 14 Februrary 2014 and its feed is embedded on the ministry’s website. The accounts posts mainly in French on average once a day but has not been active since 8 May 2014. With less than 200 followers the account has not been well recognized yet. The @MAE_Haiti account maintains a Twitter list with 11 Haitian embassies and missions around the world.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:117
Following:187
Followers:263
Joined Twitter: 02/14/2014
Language: French
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 0.45
Retweets: 26%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.01
Replies/Tweet:
Tweets retweeted: 8%
Most mentioned @CaricomNews (1)

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