New Zealand Prime Minister Befriends Facebook CEO

New Zealand's Prime Minister is touring Facebook and befriending Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key befriended Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg during a private tour of the social media giant’s Palo Alto headquarters.

According to the New Zealand Herald, the unscheduled hallway confab with Zuckerberg marks the first (and perhaps biggest) meeting with a U.S. business leader for the Kiwi PM. After two days in California, Key travels to Washington, D.C. for a face-to-face with President Barack Obama at the White House.

While in Silicon Valley, the Prime Minister is certainly building up his tech credentials. He also visited Google’s headquarters.

So, how many world leaders have visited Facebook?

The first sitting head of state to tour Facebook was none other than President Barack Obama; he held a town hall via the site this April, fielding questions from around the world.

And former George W. Bush made the pilgrimage to Palo Alto, post-presidency, for a live Facebook chat timed with the launch of his memoir, Decision Points.

And Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair also visited the company after he left office.

Political leaders get a certain cache if they can identify with the latest, greatest technologies (think President John F. Kennedy and TV in the 1960’s.) Merging a personal brand with social media, clearly the “it” technology of today and most likely the future, would make any politician look hip and current. And during these tours, politicians can network with potential new donors, voters and supporters.

As we’ve covered in the past, many world leaders are quite active on Facebook, using the platform to engage with voters and supporters. We took a peek to see how the New Zealand leader is using Facebook: Turns out Key has more than 61,000 likes of his Facebook page.

Do you think Facebook should be a stop for world leaders who travel to California?