@MashiRafael is the Twitter handle of Rafael Correa, which means “Comrade” in the indigenous Quichua language. He took to Twitter on 30 October 2010 and has been tweeting personally ever since.

President of Ecuador Rafael Correa

“Hello everyone, I’m in a meeting more boring than dancing with the mother-in-law, later I’ll write, I love you all very much, especially the poisoned ones!”, Correa tweeted in his first tweet using a disparaging term to refer to his political opposition. Rafael Correa’s Twitter style is contentious to say the least, tweeting personal opinions and taking on the media critical of his leadership style: “Did you read the editorial in the Washington Post? poor gringos, they don’t understand anything that happens in our America. Best”, he tweeted after the Post had criticized him for his lawsuit against the Ecuadoran paper El Universo. Correa uses Twitter to counter “a certain corrupt press”. “The fight against the corrupt press is a continental and even global struggle” he tweeted in reply to a follower. Rafael Correa is one of the most conversational world leaders with 81% of his tweets being @replies to his followers. Rafael Correa only follows five other Twitter users, namely Argentina’s Christina Kirchner, Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos, Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro, and former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as well as @35PAIS, the Twitter profile of the PAIS Alliance, the socialist political movement in Ecuador that reelected Rafael Correa in May 2013 for his third consecutive term.

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Rafael Correa


Presidente Constitucional de la República del Ecuador.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 10/29/2010
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 5.38
Retweets: 0%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.74
Replies/Tweet: 0.76
Tweets retweeted: 86%
Most mentioned @GisiC1 (10), @JuanElizalde777 (7), @monicamora65 (7), @pametroya (6), @jonathan_parra_ (5), @merlinadelgolfo (5), @DianeRodriguezZ (5), @xvillalba1 (4), @YSiTePasaATi (4), @fredylobato (4)

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Presidency of Ecuador Presidencia Ecuador

The Ecuadorian presidency joined Twitter on 5 January of 2010 and its tweets are more restrained and formal. The presidential administration is prolific, sending on average over 18 tweets a day. The administration broadcasts President Correa’s daily activities, often retweeting or @mentioning the president’s personal account @MashiRafael. The presidency uses hashtags extensively with at least one hashtags per tweet, a quarter of them being #Correa. The most retweeted tweet, sent on 26 April 2013, is about the ill-fated Ecuadorian satellite Pegaso which collided with space debris before spinning out of control and being declared lost.

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Presidencia Ecuador


Cuenta Oficial de Twitter de la Presidencia de la República de Ecuador.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 01/04/2010
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 15.67
Retweets: 0%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.3
Replies/Tweet: 0.05
Tweets retweeted: 100%
Most mentioned @MashiRafael (783), @JorgeGlas (97), @PoliciaEcuador (6), @ElCiudadano_ec (6), @Vice_Ec (5), @ECU911_ (3), @compaiRENE (3), @Ollanta_HumalaT (3), @ECU911Loja (3), @MahiRafael (2)

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Foreign Minister of Ecuador Ricardo Patiño Aroca

The Ecuadorian Foreign Minister joined Twitter on 14 October of 2010. @RicardoPatinoEC shares personal views with an informal and discreet tone. In most of the messages Ricardo Patiño greets people who mention him and he mentions them as well. The foreign minister occasionally responds to questions from Twitter users using the hashtag #SeguiCancilleria (Follow the chancery). @RicardoPatinoEC is followed by 13 peers and is mutually connected with the foreign ministers of Panama @FAlvarezdeSoto, and Chile @HeraldoMunoz.

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Ricardo Patiño Aroca


Feliz abuelo y Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores y Movilidad Humana del Ecuador

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 10/14/2010
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 4.46
Retweets: 3%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.52
Replies/Tweet: 0.38
Tweets retweeted: 74%
Most mentioned @MashiRafael (117), @DianaChuiza (116), @natalyillescas8 (60), @gibarrasilva (35), @ganaderorevoluc (11), @MaLandazuri (10), @teleSURtv (9), @FatimaQuishpe (8), @anasus_n (8), @NicolasMaduro (7)

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Foreign Ministry of Ecuador Cancillería Ecuador

The foreign ministry of Ecuador joined Twitter on 30 October 2010. The tone used is formal and messages are very corporate, informing followers about events of the ministry. The account is very prolific with 23 tweets per day 19% of which are retweets mainly of Foreign Minister @RicardoPatinoEC. The account makes good use of visuals with a picture in almost every single tweet. Not surprisingly the most used hashtag is #Ecuador. The foreign ministry also maintains a useful Twitter list with the 51 embassies and missions around the world. The @CancilleriaEc account is mutually following 12 other foreign offices around the world.

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Cancillería Ecuador


Cuenta Oficial de Twitter del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Movilidad Humana/ MREMH

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 10/30/2010
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 30.98
Retweets: 21%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.69
Replies/Tweet: 0.1
Tweets retweeted: 75%
Most mentioned @RicardoPatinoEC (461), @CancilleriaEc (189), @andesecuador (139), @MaLandazuri (131), @MashiRafael (119), @SentidoSur (110), @ElCiudadano_ec (102), @el_telegrafo (68), @CELAC (52), @PrensaLatina_cu (40)

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