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You put them there, so you should understand not only how your members of Congress are voting on the issues you care about, but also how they’re using Twitter (especially if they’re sending lolcat links during a session…).
Joe Lieberman is heading up a movement in the US Congress that would like to see Twitter censor the Taliban’s tweets, in order to “eliminate violent Islamist extremism propaganda” on social media.
The swearing-in of new senators and representatives? The reading of the Constitution on the House floor? All the formal flourishes of democracy, for sure, but what’s the real sign that change has come to Washington in this 21st century world? New Twitter handles for our nation’s leaders. Here’s your complete guide to the #112Congress.
With the announcement of Twitter’s recent hire of a D.C. rep to train politicians on their tweeting habits, it’s clear that politicians are using Twitter now more than ever before. Two economic researchers from the University of Toronto saw the growing presence of politicians on Twitter, and wanted to find out exactly why the Washington elite is flocking to the microblogging service. While “more exposure” or “to campaign” might be the knee-jerk answers to this questions, the research findings are much more surprising.
Republicans swooped in for a victory in the House of Congress earlier this month in the US mid-term elections, but that’s not all they won: they also won the “election” on Twitter. A new study from Hewlett-Packard (HP) measures the influence of House Republicans and Democrats on Twitter, and finds that Republicans are far-and-above the winners.