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Ambassador Susan Rice talks foreign policy at and through Twitter

Susanrice Now that it’s looking like social media may have toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from his perch, here’s another taste of foreign policy served up Internet-style.

Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is at Twitter headquarters in the Bay Area fielding questions from around the world. Her visit is being streamed live through Ustream.

On Wednesday, the U.S. State Department launched a Twitter feed in Arabic.

Back when Rice left college in the mid 1980s, just one in every 500 Americans owned a cellphone, most about the size of a brick, she said in a State Department blog post. “The founders of Facebook, I can only imagine, were then figuring out how to master nap time and T-ball.”

How times have changed.

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Photo: Rice attends a meeting with Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Ahmad Karti in Khartoum in October. Credit: Ebrahim Hamid / AFP / Getty Images

 
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