|At the Consulate's Social Media Launch conducted in association with Facebook India and GVK One|
Here at the Consulate General in Hyderabad, our two fundamental missions are consular work and fostering the people-to-people connections that form the foundation of the U.S.-India partnership. As a generationally-challenged individual, I’m just learning about how social media can help us achieve our outreach objectives. I’ve never blogged before, but I’m finding this a great way to share my impressions as I learn about India—and as a way to connect directly with the people of Andhra Pradesh. (I’d also love to connect with the people from Orissa—but I’ve never heard back from anyone there. So Orissa, let me know if you’re reading this!)
Social Media is particularly intriguing to me because it lets us hear back from the people we are trying to engage. That’s not always comfortable for us, because you don’t always say what we want to hear, but it’s good for us to know what you care about and what you think. So, except on visa questions, keep using our Facebook page to let us know what’s on your mind. We may not always give you a substantive response, but we will take in and consider what you have to say.
In addition to fostering the kind of dialog we seek, I know Social Media is proving immensely helpful in a variety of ways. My colleagues at the Embassy in New Delhi used Social Media extensively after the flooding in Leh and Ladakh. They found Facebook a great way of communicating with Americans affected by the floods and with their family members worried about them in the U.S.