Saturday, February 14, 2009

Introducing Dipnote, the new State Department blog

Love that name.
Play on "diplomat."

H/T Tom Watson at Tech President

Started under former Secretary Rice - and emphatically seamless, professional and non-partisan in its transition to Secretary Clinton - the expansion of State's online operation seems primed for President Obama's primary international goal: rebuilding the U.S. brand overseas.

At the center of that operation is Dipnote, the official State Department blog and Twitter feed that is updated several times each day, and packed with video, links to news stories from mainstream media, and items by State officials. Oh, and comments. Yep, State allows (moderated) conversation on its blog, in contrast (thus far, we hope) to the broadcast-only nature of the White House's spiffy-and-sparse new blog.

This is a ten-minute clip. It may not be as glitzy as late night TV but its waaaay ahead of anything the State Department has ever released in my lifetime.

Check out Mrs. Clinton's hair.
Is that a little grey showing around the temples?

If you get bored (as I was) don't miss the great informality during the last couple of minutes. Drag the bar ahead if you're in a hurry.

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