February 9th, 2010
07:07 PM ET
4 years ago

Clinton foreign trip announced first on Twitter

(CNN) – With Washington blanketed in snow and the federal government shut down, the State Department used Twitter Tuesday to announce that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would soon be traveling to Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Clinton's trips are usually announced in the daily press conferences, followed by a press release and then possibly by a tweet. But Clinton's visits to Qatar and Saudi Arabia were made public on Twitter first and then a news release was sent out approximately two hours later.

The tweet came from @DipNote, the official U.S. Department of State Twitter account: "Secretary Clinton will travel to Qatar and Saudi Arabia, February 13-16, 2010. #hillarytravel."


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • State Department • Twitter
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Right Leaning Independent

    Like OMG! Like Are You Kidding!! WOW!! This is the stupidest story on CNN. Like this is revolutionary...

    February 9, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  2. EC

    GOOD for White House. Where is it written that the WH must channel all news through the Press Corp FIRST and FOREMOST? That's the problem, everyone is still in the mind-set of the same old tired process of doing things in Washington.

    I'm glad the Obama Administration is not using the same tired and old script that has been played out decade after decades. My God, let's try something NEW people.

    February 9, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  3. Fed Up

    Wow! Another twit tweets. How interesting! Glad there's nothing else going on in the world.

    February 9, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |