DBCDE launches Twitter trial

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DBCDE launches Twitter trial

Conroy’s department joins the Twitterverse.

The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) has joined Twitter, promising to respond to direct messages or "replies" on the micro-blogging site.

The account, @DBCDEgov, was launched this morning with the Tweet: "Hello Tweeps, we're trialling a new approach with Twitter. Strictly beta ... Feedback welcome. #gov2au"

DBCDE's Twitter trial follows Prime Minister Julia Gillard's weekend debut into the world of 140 characters or less.

As of this morning, @JuliaGillard has accumulated 15,593 followers, is following 4,820 and has published four tweets that link to her border security policy and activities.

According to a DBCDE statement, its "follow policy" is to automatically follow anyone who follows @DBCDEgov. Users who do not want to be followed back have been advised to block the account.

Thirty minutes into its launch, @DBCDE had already accumulated more than 100 followers, was following 42 and had made three tweets including one "re-tweet" - forwarding a NICTA message - and one reply to Canberra-based "online evangelist" Craig Thomler.

"We are currently trialling our use of Twitter to share information about our activities, engage with the community and distribute news and information in real-time," the department stated.

"If you send @DBCDEgov a direct message or reply to us, we will respond as quickly as we can. Please note that, as a general rule, we will monitor the channel during business hours only."

"Contacting us via our Twitter account is probably not the best way to send through a formal enquiry or comment. If you have a formal request, comment or enquiry, please consider contacting us as usual via www.dbcde.gov.au/resources/contact_us"

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