Should government ministers use Twitter to keep the public informed of their daily activities? Thatâ€™s a question being debated in India, thanks to new Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor, who reportedly is the first Indian minister to actively use Twitter.
In case you arenâ€™t one of his growing legion of followers, hereâ€™s just a sampling of his recent tweets:
First day in Parliament. Still canâ€™t believe I made it to Delhi! Remind me not to fly Kingfisher again.
7:05 AM May 19th from TwitterBerry
Have given 13 interviews in 3 languages and 2 more TV shows pending. A little overwhelmed by the media scum.
3:31 PM May 19th from TwitterBerry
Scrum. I meant, scrum.
3:32 PM May 19th from TwitterBerry
@koshy no, I won’t be tweeting in Malayalam.
6:54 PM May 19th from TwitterBerry
@sreenivasan I’ve made 500 campaign speeches in Malayalam, given 150+ interviews in Malayalam, cursed my ex-wife in Malayalam!
6:59 PM May 19th from TwitterBerry
@verghese yes, I do regret the last part. I should have done it in French.
7:02 PM May 19th from TwitterBerry
Lunch with Vijay Amritraj, tennis ace and old friend. Discussed Wimbledon, Fed vs. Nad.
2:34 PM May 20th from TwitterBerry
@bhupathi yes, Iâ€™m more of a â€œGo Fedâ€ guy than a â€œGo Nadâ€ guy.
2:43 PM May 20th from TwitterBerry
Office computer still wonâ€™t work … too many bugs. Clerk used a spray and 100 roaches ran out!
10:22 AM May 24th from TwitterBerry
First meeting with MEA Minister SM Krishna, an eminent figure in Indian politics. I will be handling mainly Africa & Arab world (so Dearborn, Mich., too).
11:47 AM Jun 1st from Web
Incessant stream of political visitors this morning, all well-meaning, kind & supportive. But politics isnâ€™t easy for those who value privacy!
4:40 PM Jun 2nd from TwitterBerry
Just used my sparkling new toilet again. Flushes well.
4:45 PM Jun 2nd from TwitterBerry
@cherian no, only for ministers. MPs get the low-flow model.
4:48 PM Jun 2nd from TwitterBerry
The toughest part of political life is to get work done while managing to be accessible to evry voter who wants to meet/spk.
5:30 PM Jun 2nd from TwitterBerry
@nilanjana the lookalikes help, but itâ€™s still tough.
5:31 PM Jun 2nd from TwitterBerry
@chitra the cutouts havenâ€™t arrived yet.
5:32 PM Jun 2nd from TwitterBerry
Delhi political social circuit has come to life – 3 dinner invites a day. Too much eating, not enough tweeting.
3:21 PM Jun 3rd from TwitterBerry
@alok there will be nothing on twitter that I can’t say publicly. Obviously no state secrets. Nor will i conduct diplomacy thru twitter!
3:30 PM Jun 3rd from TwitterBerry
@ahmadinejad yes, it’s a tricky issue. BO won’t be happy. let’s talk more when I come to Tehran.
3:32 PM Jun 3rd from TwitterBerry
@renuka book will be published in 2010. A collection of my tweets. Tentative title: “Meet, Eat and Tweet: Using Twitter to Keep the Public Tharoorly Uninformed.â€
9:35 PM Jun 5th from TwitterBerry