(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."