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State Department Gets Tech-Savvy

by Julie Schwietert Oct 7, 2008

The travel blogosphere has been aflutter with all sorts of news about Twitter.

First, blogger Pam over at Nerds Eye View shared her story about how Conde Nast editor Wendy Perrin happened to be following Pam’s tweets, liked what she saw, and invited Pam to come on out to NYC and do some blogging for Conde Nast about a conference they were hosting.

Then, Matador member Christine Gilbert wrote that the LA Times picked up a tweet–one she didn’t even write–about her American Airlines Can Bite Me Contest–and featured the contest on their online travel section.

Written Road’s resident tech expert, Tim Shisler, signed the site up for its own Twitter account, joining Boots-n-All, the Travel Channel, the NY Times Travel section, and other travel specialty sites.

And then, the NY Times reported this weekend, the U.S. State Department finally jumped on board and started showing off its tech-savvy. Its country profiles and travel advisories are now being broadcast via Twitter. Personally, I don’t think I can handle 24/7 feeds about dangers around the world, but if you’re the type of traveler who checks State Department warnings before you plan your travels, then you may want to add this to the Twitter accounts you’re following.

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