Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe was the first Colombian political leader to join Twitter on 29 July 2009. His successor President, Juan Manuel Santos followed suit just two weeks later.

Tweets from Colombia leaders

President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos is Latin America’s second most followed leader with 3.7 million followers. He is notabley the first world leader to go live on Periscope, Twitter’s Livestreaming application with a statement on 15 April 2015 announcing the resumption of air raids against the FARC rebels. The account is fairly active with an average of almost six times per day. His team frequently shares pictures and videos of his meetings and live tweets his speeches. His most used hashtag is #UnNuevoPais to promote and inform about the national development plan for 2014-2018. During his first presidency the account has been used for soft diplomacy, namely to mend relations with former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. “What do you think about the meeting between @Chavezcandanga and Juan Manuel Santos?” he asked his followers in August 2010 after having re-established diplomatic relations with his Venezuelan counterpart, which had turned sour under former president Alvaro Uribe. Juan Manuel Santos unilaterally follows 42 other world leaders including Venezuela’s @NicolasMaduro and is mutually connected with 17 others.

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Juan Manuel Santos


Presidente de Colombia

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Joined Twitter: 08/11/2009
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 5.94
Retweets: 8%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.27
Replies/Tweet: 0.03
Tweets retweeted: 92%
Most mentioned @PoliciaColombia (68), @FCFSeleccionCol (24), @Mineducacion (18), @German_Vargas (16), @UNGRD (15), @Ministerio_TIC (14), @COL_EJERCITO (13), @GeneralPalomino (13), @ginaparody (13), @InstitucionalTV (13).
Average of retweets 228

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Presidency of Colombia Presidencia Colombia

The official account of the Colombian presidency was set up under President Juan Manuel Santos on 7 June 2011 and has become a formidable link machine tweeting on average 41 times per day. Most of the tweets inform about activities held by the Colombian Presidency, results from the government’s policies and reports on the president’s every move and meeting. The account consistently mentions @JuanManSantos if it is not retweeting him as well as other ministries. The governmental account rarely @replies, however it offers its citizens a direct dialogue via the @UrnaDeCristal, the government’s ‘crystal urn’ account designed to foster dialogue. It often uses the hashtag #UnNuevoPaís for tweets related to the national development plan 2014-2018.

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Presidencia Colombia


Colombia en paz, con más equidad y mejor educada - Cuenta oficial de la Presidencia de la República de Colombia

Peer connections (as of April 2015)

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Joined Twitter: 06/07/2011
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 41.21
Retweets: 17%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.50
Replies/Tweet: 0.01
Tweets retweeted: 82%
Most mentioned @JuanManSantos (837), @urnadecristal (215), @InstitucionalTV (161), @agendacolombia (123), @ServiciodEmpleo (74), @mincultura (15), @Minvivienda (13), @PoliciaColombia (12), @Ministerio_TIC (9), @DeCeroaSiempre (9).
Average of retweets 5

First tweet

Foreign Ministry of Colombia Cancillería Colombia

The Colombian Foreign Ministry joined Twitter on 8 March 2011, to promote its national interests and to connect with Colombians abroad. Most of the tweets are from the official website related to events and services the ministry provides. The account chronicles the activities of Foreign Minister María Ángela Holguín and President Juan Manuel Santos including pictures of their meetings. The foreign ministry mutually follows 11 other Latin American foreign ministries.

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Cancillería Colombia


La Cancillería de Colombia promueve tanto los intereses nacionales a través de la política exterior, como los vínculos con colombianos que viven fuera del país.

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Joined Twitter: 03/07/2011
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 10.27
Retweets: 4%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.39
Replies/Tweet: 0.22
Tweets retweeted: 61%
Most mentioned @CancilleriaCol (57), @JuanManSantos (45), @A_delPacifico (30), @urnadecristal (27), @migracioncol (25), @InstitucionalTV (19), @OIM_Colombia (13), @Registraduria (12), @NairoQuinCo (9), @FCFSeleccionCol (9).
Average of retweets 4

First tweet