We have just got word that Robert O. Blake, Asst. Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs is going to chat with everyone via US Embassy’s Facebook page tomorrow, 29th of March at 9.30 am onwards. This is what the mail looked like.
As you can see, the chat is organized by the US Embassy in India and will involve, Robert Blake answering your questions via Facebook’s ‘comments’ feature. So all those of you who want to ask him any questions can log onto Facebook and go to the US Embassy’s Facebook page and ask them starting 9.30 tomorrow.
— U.S. Embassy India (@USAndIndia) March 28, 2012
We think this is a truly brilliant idea!
This is what ‘Openness’ and ‘Transparency’ mean in terms of administration and governance. Politics and Social media are good tools to keep up on your candidates, ask questions and gain knowledge about a country’s administration. The US has been at the forefront of setting up Social Media as a platform for Politics. Obama used Social Media to his advantage during his elections and these days no political campaign is complete without a social media campaign.
The Indian Government has also started to use Social Media. We reported how the PMO has joined Facebook and Twitter. Now, we need Social Media to percolate down to grass root levels. All our local candidates and leaders should also make their presence felt on social media if they truly care about Openess in Democracy.
Tomorrow’s chat is a good example of how Social Media can bring about improvements in bilateral relations between both the countries.
Get ready for the Chat tomorrow and let us know about the experience.