A day after the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) went on social networking site Twitter, there are signs the rest of the government may follow.
Top sources in the government confirmed that an “orientation workshop” for officers of the Indian Information Service — which deals with the media and organises information about the government — will be held at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) in New Delhi at the end of the month. The subject: Social networking sites and how to work with them. “The next step would be setting up social networking sites dealing with different ministries,” said the source.
Incidentally, a new “information consultant” Pankaj Pachauri has been hired by the PMO to help deal with new media and social networking sites. The PMO's Twitter account saw as many as 10,500 followers within a day of launch even though the tweets were just abbreviated press releases.