Photo: Felipe Calderon's Cabinet is On Twitter
History is being made in México as Twitter offers a direct line of communication between the public, and those in Public Office.
Mexico is at the forefront of connectivity in Latin America with 30.6 million Mexicans connected to the internet and the highest number of Facebook subscribers in the region. Mexico is the first country in the world to have a President and its entire cabinet on Twitter.
A report by Maria del Carmen Cortés for El Universal titled “Timidos, muchos secretarios para expresarse en Twitter,” distinguished between the public servants who already had active accounts and significant followings on Twitter, those brand new to the platform.
“But the truth is that many of them prefer to go unnoticed, to keep quiet, not to comment on this instantaneous platform” Cortés says
“The initiative is part of a new form of communication on the part of the presidential cabinet, whose objective is to maintain direct communication with citizens.”
The secretary of Labour and Social Welfare, Mr. Javier Lozano—@Jlozano , a prolific twitter user, with over 37 thousand followers and more than eleven thousand tweets to his name. Lozano tweets regularly about subjects as diverse as soccer and labor reform, recommends readings, etc.
The Secretary of Public Education, Alonso Lujambio, @LujambioAlonso, often draws enthusiastic responses from his twitter followers.
The Mexican Attorney General, Marisela Morales tweeted the following, on April 13, her first and so far only tweet:
“Only With The Active Participation of Society, Will We Ever Subdue Delinquency”