U.S. Embassies Want You To 'Friend' Them

January 10, 2014

You probably have an account on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pintrest. Perhaps even all four. And who hasn't watched a video on YouTube? Here are some statistics from Digital Insights that might blow your mind:

• There are more than 1.15 billion Facebook users, 500 million Twitter users, 238 million LinkedIn users.
• 23% of Facebook users check their account more than 5 times a day.
• On average, there are more than 400 million tweets daily.
• There are more than 1 billion unique monthly visitors on YouTube.
• There are more than 16 billion photos uploaded on Instragram, and users log 1,000 comments per second.

But these sites are not just about finding old high school friends, sharing garlic cheesy bread recipes, or sharing videos of cats riding roombas. No, businesses use them to advertise their products or services, and we here at S&R are no different. But did you know that the United States government agencies also use social media? (And we're not talking about the--ahem-- NSA's kind of social media usage.)

Just about every U.S. embassy has a Facebook page (many Consulate Generals, too). Many even have Instagram accounts, Pinterest accounts, Twitter accounts, and Tumblr accounts. Across the board and worldwide, embassies and consulates are active on social media in order to provide you with current information on global initiatives and regional programs.

Their social media presence can also be helpful for your immigration needs. Many U.S. embassies have YouTube channels with videos covering various immigration topics. While not all embassy channels are uniform in their content, some offer videos that explain what you should expect at a visa interview, or how to fill out the DS-160, or explain the immigrant visa process.

While these videos are sometimes helpful, they probably don't address scenarios specific to your individual needs. That's where we come in! And we're more than happy to walk you through your specific case. In the meantime, friend, retweet, and pin your local U.S. Embassy! Just don't respond to their Candy Crush invitations; Candy Crush addiction is real.