New ZealandShare on Twitter
John Key, the Prime Minister of New Zealand is an early adopter of Twitter having set up his account on 14 November 2008, five days before becoming Prime Minister. He only actually started to tweet in April 2009 sharing his speech on “New Zealand and China: Our shared economic future”.
Peer connections (as of 1 July 2013)
- follows unilaterally (10)
- followed unilaterally by (8)
- follows mutually (5)
Prime Minister John Key tweets in the first person. The Prime Minister has been shown sitting in front of a computer sending his first personal tweet, however his staff are doing most of the tweeting on his account. The account chronicles the Prime Minister’s movements and visits, his personal life included, via pictures uploaded to Twitpic, as well as videos on YouTube. The account presents a mix of official news from the government website, his ‘Key Notes’ newsletter, tweets from staff and occasional personal observations. During the London 2012 Olympics he was quite active in encouraging and congratulating Kiwi athletes. The Prime Minister doesn’t engage in conversations with his followers. The account rarely retweets, @mentions other users or uses hashtags and it has only sent three @replies.
Tweet analytics (as of 1 July 2013)
|% Tweets retweeted:||72%|
|Total of retweets:||10147|
|@JuliaGillard (6), @johnkeypm (3), @melissaleemp (3), @NZParalympics (2), @EPN (2),|