@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.

Tweets from Ecuador leaders

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 Washington 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 the third most conversational world leaders with 81% of his tweets being @replies to his followers, usually asking his different ministries to “deal with it”. 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.

Peer connections (as of April 2015)

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Joined Twitter: 10/29/2010
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 5.43
Retweets: 0%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.70
Replies/Tweet: 0.71
Tweets retweeted: 91%
Most mentioned @GisiC1 (7), @monicamora65 (7), @JuanElizalde777 (5), @ozurajean (5), @bosscec10 (4), @papito_alexis (4), @JuanManSantos (4), @geovannotys (4), @DuamelAlvarado (4), @jennifercoloma (4).
Average of retweets 161

First tweet

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 ten tweets per day. The administration broadcasts President Correa’s daily activities, often @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 and often posts several pictures of his meetings in the tweets. 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. @Presidencia_Ec is mutually following only six other world leaders.

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Presidencia Ecuador


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

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Joined Twitter: 01/04/2010
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 10.81
Retweets: 6%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.30
Replies/Tweet: 0.03
Tweets retweeted: 94%
Most mentioned @MashiRafael (739), @JorgeGlas (124), @ElCiudadano_ec (17), @PoliciaEcuador (6), @ComunicacionEc (6), @EnlaceEc (5), @Vice_Ec (4), @CorteIDH (4), @CiudadYachay (4), @ECU911_ (3).
Average of retweets 39

First tweet

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 Aroca greets people who mention him and he mentions them as well. More than a third of his tweets are personal @replies to questions from his followers including the hashtag #SeguiCancilleria (Follow the chancery). @RicardoPatinoEC is mutually following only six other world leaders including @HeraldoMunoz, @JoseAMeadeK, @MarianoRajoy, @SanchezCeren.

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Ricardo Patiño Aroca


Feliz abuelo, actual Ministro de Defensa y ex Canciller del Ecuador

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Joined Twitter: 10/14/2010
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 4.00
Retweets: 4%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.49
Replies/Tweet: 0.36
Tweets retweeted: 76%
Most mentioned @MashiRafael (103), @DianaChuiza (87), @natalyillescas8 (60), @gibarrasilva (35), @MaLandazuri (21), @RicardoPatinoEC (9), @CancilleriaEc (9), @teleSURtv (9), @beltrangambier (7), @wikileaks (7).
Average of retweets 48

First tweet

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 29 tweets per day 14% of which are retweets mainly of Foreign Minister @RicardoPatinoEC. The account makes good use of visuals with one or several pictures in most of its tweets. 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 34 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. Síguenos también en nuestra cuenta en inglés @MFAEcuador

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Joined Twitter: 10/30/2010
Language: Spanish
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 29.33
Retweets: 14%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.67
Replies/Tweet: 0.10
Tweets retweeted: 84%
Most mentioned @RicardoPatinoEC (755), @MashiRafael (240), @andesecuador (133), @CancilleriaEc (127), @ElCiudadano_ec (123), @el_telegrafo (76), @PrensaLatina_cu (43), @MaLandazuri (35), @teleSURtv (34), @ecuainm (22).
Average of retweets 11

First tweet