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Stalking Clinton, legally. Here’s how

delhi Updated: Jul 20, 2009 00:10 IST
Zia Haq
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Rains stopped and sun emerged just in time for Sec. Clinton’s arrival at Indian Agricultural Research Institute Campus in Pusa.”

At a rice farm deep inside the Capital’s sprawling Pusa agricultural complex, 38-year-old Ananda Rupa, a tight-lipped US official of Vietnamese origin, “tweeted”, working his phone frequently to post real-time feeds of Clinton’s India tour.

Rupa’s counterparts were holding fort at several other sites of Hillary Clinton’s engagements, doing the same: “tweeting” or posting real-time updates on her movements in India on social messaging website Twitter.

The “Americagov” Twitter feed has been following the secretary “every step of the way” during her activities in Mumbai and New Delhi. Some 2,087 fans from India were following Clinton on Twitter at the time of filing this report.

“The secretary of state is a big fan of new media social networking tools. She encourages friends around the world to use new media to discuss important issues and share photos of her India activities,” US embassy spokesperson Elizabeth Fitzsimmons told HT. Fitzsimmons said Clinton wanted to “reach out to young Indians”.

Not just Twitter, her India visit is also officially online almost everywhere: YouTube, a video-sharing site, Flickr, a photo-sharing site, and Facebook, another social networking site whose co-founder Chris Hughes had worked on President Obama’s online campaign. Clinton’s visit is also being covered on the US state department’s offical weblog, “Dipnote”.

Twitter feeds come in bits, but the threads are prompt enough to tell the world what Clinton is doing or saying. “In this city of historic monuments, ITC building is a monument to the future.” No sooner Clinton had said than it was posted on Twitter.

The landmark online coverage could become the template for all future official tours of the top US diplomat, a US official said. Clinton will be in India until Tuesday and you can keep a track of all her movements in real-time.
You need to use the tag “#HillaryIndia” on these sites.