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State Department Hits Send On New Arabic Twitter Site

February 11, 2011

As the situation in the Middle East leaves the United States in an increasingly unpredictable situation, the State Department has launched a new Twitter feed, USA in Arabic, in which nearly all Tweets are sent in Arabic, Nextgov.com reported.

The new Arabic language feed @USAbilAraby by Thursday had about 700 followers, and was quickly growing in popularity. Its first Tweet referenced the fact that the recent uprisings in Egypt were organized in part through social media. "There is a huge vibrant conversation [happening] in the Arab world," said State spokeswoman Tanya Powell. "We want to make sure we are participating in that conversation."

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