|Australian PM Julia Gillard with Manmohan Singh (File Photo)|
Also, none of the Tweets is what Dr Manmohan Singh himself posts. It was made clear from day one that it was not Singh’s personal account but of his office, meaning PMO. And that’s precisely why the Tweets lack any personal touch and read more like short excerpts of press releases. Here too Julia Gillard’s use of Twitter can be of help. If she Tweets herself, you can differentiate it from the rest because of her signature JG there. Maybe Indian PM does the same.
Twitter is used by a number of Indian politicians like Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, Union ministers Sachin Pilot, Ajay Maken, Milind Deora, MP Naveen Jindal and Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh. Among Indian diplomats using Twitter are former foreign secretary and India’s ambassador to US Nirupama Rao, India’s ambassador to South Korea Vishnu Prakash, MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin, 2005 batch IFS Sumit Seth to name a few. Some of them should follow the Gillard model of using Twitter to reach out to the maximum number of people and create unorganized fan clubs. Interestingly, Nirupama Rao who follows 135 people including her diplomat colleagues, journalists, foreign who's and who, has not followed PMO’s new Twitter venture (till February 9 night). Any reason?