Social media communication strategies of government agencies: Twitter use in Korea and the USA

Gohar Feroz Khan, Ho Young Yoon, Han Woo Park

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This study examines Twitter use by the central government in Korea and the federal government in the USA by employing the webometric technique to extract their Twitter activity (basic Twitter statistics such as the numbers of followers, followings, and Tweets) and the social network analysis technique to map the relationship between their Twitter accounts and the direction of outlinks in their Tweets. The results of the initial analysis indicate some differences in Twitter strategies between the two governments. For example, Korean ministries were well connected through a dense network, engaged in collective cooperation, and retweeted common content to reinforce their collective agendas regardless of their main administrative functions, whereas US government departments were less collective and more individualistic and retweeted those messages that specifically fit the purpose of each department. In addition, the results for outlinks indicate that US government departments preferred private sources of information, whereas Korean ministries, government sources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-78
Number of pages19
JournalAsian Journal of Communication
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean government [NRF-2011-327-H00005].


  • Korea
  • Twitter
  • USA
  • government
  • smart government
  • social media


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