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Chancellor rejects personal Twitter invite

The Local · 15 Mar 2012, 15:19

Published: 15 Mar 2012 15:19 GMT+01:00

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On his way to the meeting in Merkel’s Berlin chancellery, Jack Dorsey tweeted, “Just landed in Berlin for a visit with Chancellor Angela Merkel. I've been wanting to meet her for a while: the world needs her on Twitter.”

But shortly afterwards Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said she disagreed, and said the world would have to be satisfied with her text messages and podcasts.

"It will remain the case that I as government spokesman will tweet about the chancellor's work," Seibert wrote during a question and answer Twitter session.

"And the chancellor has access to everything that's important on Twitter through me," he added.

Dorsey bounced back and returned to the “twittersphere” to tell his followers about his “great conversation” with the Chancellor. “Loves SMS and has the mind of a scientist: forever curious,” he tweeted.

But during the Q&A itself, official government tweeter Seibert seemed to have trouble with the brisk flow of queries and when asked if he would be another freewheeling session, he seemed unsure.

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Your comments about this article

16:18 March 15, 2012 by vonSchwerin
It would probably be best if Chancellor Merkel and all government officials stayed off of Twitter. How much serious information can be presented with nuance in 140 characters. I would like my head-of-government to issue more profound, thought-filled statements than a so-called Tweet.

She was right to say "Danke, nein" to Twitter.
17:04 March 15, 2012 by derExDeutsche
'"And the chancellor has access to everything that's important on Twitter through me," he added.'

In which case the Chancellorin is, no doubt, twerkin out to Grimes'

17:26 March 15, 2012 by Illogicbuster
I agree. Twitter is worse than useless for senior gov officials for communicating.
19:10 March 15, 2012 by lucksi
How about a healthy middle ground between Twitter and the verbal noise pollution of politicians? You know, those where you can't tell how many minutes ago the sentence started and when it will end and what was it about in the first place...
21:16 March 15, 2012 by McM
Frau Dr.Merkal doesn't need twitter . If she did she would not be where she is leading the German nation but merely one of the sheep following blindly along.

Sean Lock the English comedian has a nice take on twitter, er..bollocks on utube.
22:25 March 15, 2012 by puisoh
Merkel may not have looks, but she sure has style! Well done, Chancellor ... c'mon, even kids in this country don't Tweet much.. which respectable person needs BS like that.
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