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Follow #SecKerry’s Travel to East Asia

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to deliver remarks on U.S. engagement in the Asian-Pacific region on April 14, 2013. [State Department image/ Public Domain]

Richard Buangan serves as Director of Digital Engagement at the U.S. Department of State.

Followers of @StateDept watched the State Department’s Twitter account surpass 500,000 followers this week, and also saw Secretary of State John Kerry wage a friendly bet with his Canadian counterpart, Foreign Minister John Baird, on whether the U.S. women’s team would beat Canada’s team in the women’s world hockey championship. The U.S. team won the game, and Foreign Minister Baird made good on the bet, offering Secretary Kerry a case of Canadian beer during the G-8 Foreign Ministers Meeting in London.

Secretary Kerry departed London today for East Asia, where he will visit the Republic of Korea, followed by travel to China and Japan. And, during his travel, you’ll discover more reasons to follow our websites and social media properties. First, we are pleased to announce our new U.S. Department of State Live webpage, where you’ll be able to watch the State Department’s daily press briefings, major speeches by the Secretary of State, and more. Tune in on Sunday, April 14 at approximately 8:30 p.m. EDT, when Secretary Kerry delivers remarks on U.S. engagement in the Asian-Pacific region. Our@StateDeptLive account will be tweeting the Secretary’s remarks live, and we’ll be releasing the latest photographs from his trip on FacebookFlickr, and Tumblr.

You can also follow @StateDept and @eAsiaMediaHub for more details on the Secretary’s travel and go to the websites of our embassies in the Republic of Korea,China, and Japan for more on U.S. diplomacy in the region.

First @StateDept Tweetup Spotlights International Women of Courage

Participants of the first @StateDept Tweetup pose for a photograph with Secretary of State John Kerry, Terese Heinz Kerry, and special guest First Lady Michelle Obama during the International Women of Courage Awards ceremony at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., March 8, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Richard Buangan serves as Director of Digital Engagement at the U.S. Department of State.

On March 8, Secretary of State John Kerry honored nine extraordinary women with the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award, which recognizes women around the world who have shown exceptional leadership in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment, often at great personal risk.

Since the 2007, the U.S. Secretary of State has recognized 66 women from 44 countries with this award, and the annual ceremony has become an occasion that encourages all of us who work at the U.S. Department of State. One of the reasons the ceremony inspires us is the powerful stories these women have to tell. We want to share their stories and spotlight their achievements, and the use of social media…more »

#SecKerry To Hold First #YouthConnect Event on Inaugural Trip to Europe and the Middle East

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry boards U.S. Air Force Boeing 757 at Andrews Air Force Base en route to Europe and the Middle East for his first overseas trip as Secretary of State, February 24, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Richard Buangan serves as Director of Digital Engagement at the U.S. Department of State.

Earlier today, Secretary of State John Kerry departed on his inaugural overseas trip as Secretary of State. From February 24 to March 6, he will travel to the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.

The Secretary will begin his trip in London, the United Kingdom, where he will meet with senior British officials to discuss the range of bilateral and global issues on which we are closely coordinating. British Foreign Secretary William Hague already tweeted his delight to be hosting Secretary Kerry’s first overseas stop. Tweet us your thoughts…more »

Secretary Clinton To Hold Global Town Hall

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures during a town hall style meeting at the State Department in Washington, D.C., Jan. 26, 2010. [AP File Photo]

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On Tuesday, January 29, 2013, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will hold a Global Townterview at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. A “Townterview” is a mix of a town hall and a television interview. The concept was first introduced by the Secretary when she entered office as a way to broaden people-to-people engagement.

This will be her 59th town hall and an opportunity to engage with young people around the world in advance of her last day as Secretary of State on Friday, February 1.

In partnership with media outlets from… more »

Under Secretary Tara Sonenshine Responds to Your #AskState Questions on Twitter

Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine, @TSoneshine, participates in a Global Twitter Q and A on December 5, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Hannah Johnson serves as an Assistant Editor for DipNote.

This week’s “Photo of the Week” comes to us from the Office of Digital Engagement’s Jeff Jackson and shows Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public AffairsTara Sonenshine participating in a “Global Twitter Q & A” on December 5, 2012. 

During the event, Under Secretary Sonenshine answered questions submitted on Twitter in eight languages, including ArabicChineseEnglishFarsiFrench,… more »

DipNote Turns Five

Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Mike Hammer responds to questions from the State Department's official Spanish Twitter feed on January 24, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Mike Hammer serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs.

Five years ago tomorrow, the State Department launched DipNote — the first-ever, U.S. Cabinet-level blog. On a day quite similar to this one, with the Public Affairs team fully immersed in the annual gathering of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, my predecessor Sean McCormack pledged that the blog would open a new window into the world of American diplomacy. Much has changed around the globe over the past five years, but one constant has been more and more people are getting their news and information through social media. So, we are committed to using our blog as a means to inform and engage the American people and those around the world.

This commitment is underscored by the fact that more than 1,000 men and women of the State Department and USAID have contributed their stories to the blog — more than 4,700 total entries to date. We owe a debt of… more »

Ambassador Rice at the London Olympics

Members of the  U.S. Presidential Delegation to the Closing Ceremonies of the London Olympic Games -- Ambassador Susan Rice, White House Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes, Michelle Kwan, Curtis Pride and Reggie Love -- pose for a photo tweeted by Ambassador Rice in London, August 11, 2012. [USUN photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Alex McPhillips serves as Associate Director for Digital Media at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

Thanks to continuing innovations in sports broadcasting and social media, it was easier this year than ever before to catch a glimpse of the Olympic Games from just about any vantage point — from above the mat to underwater to behind the scenes with the First Lady. Over a brilliant final two days in London, Ambassador Susan E. Rice, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, used technology to give fans a view from the crowd.

With Storify, we bring you the very best… more »

RT @US2EU @AlecJRoss: @StateDept working to harness the power of connectivity for good through 21st century statecraft. ‪#digdip21

State Department Spokesperson Toria Nuland responds to questions posed in English and Arabic during a Twitter Briefing at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. on June 20, 2012. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]