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Twitter Users Worldwide Tweet About Democracy

February 2, 2010

The State Department said Monday that over 1,400 Twitter users around the world took part in a U.S.-government sponsored contest to define democracy, and the most popular “tweet” was from a Chinese user.

The State Department said in a statement that the two-week “Democracy is…” contest on the micro-blogging platform attracted submissions in eight different languages from over 30 countries.

It said a Twitter user going by the name “@zuola” from China submitted the “tweet” that was forwarded the most by other Twitter users.

“Democracy is a set of game rules that, in their gradual process towards perfection, independent individuals and organizations in a civil society seek to maximize their interests by using transparent and nonviolent means,” read the message from @zuola, which presumably stuck to the 140-character Twitter limit in Chinese.

The State Department said the contest, along with another contest that prompted users to create videos about democracy, had “expanded the international conversation on democracy.”

“Both contests engage with and amplify the views of young people around the world by using new media to break down cultural and geographic borders and involve younger audiences in a transparent and candid discussion about an issue of global importance,” the State Department said.

It has not been said who the winner of the “Democracy is”¦” contest was.

The State Department said when announcing the contest that the contestant whose message received the “greatest number of unique re-tweets” would receive a Flip video HD camcorder.

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