Kevin Pietersen's cricketing life doesn't involve touring with England these days—but it does involve plenty of IPL cricket, and the Delhi Daredevil needed to get to India in a hurry.
The only problem was, however, that his application and passport had disappeared into the ether somewhere:
Pietersen (@KP24) March 10, 2014
Still, if you're going to try to get the wheels of bureaucracy moving, having 1.6 million followers on Twitter surely can't hurt.
And sure enough, less than half the day had passed, and the spokesman for India's Ministry of External Affairs, Syed Akbaruddin, got in touch:
. @KP24 Good news. Twiplomacy works!! Necessary clearance just received from Sports Ministry. Mission to grant visa soon. C u in India soon— Syed Akbaruddin (@MEAIndia) March 10, 2014
So if you're ever stuck for a visa, just hit social media. And get a lot more followers.