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Only 2% Of Internet Users Get Their Political Info From Twitter

The 2012 US political campaign is in full swing, and the American public is (sort of) eagerly assessing the candidates. But how many of them are using social media for their political education needs?

Not that many, it turns out.
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What Can Twitter Tell Us About The GOP Race? [CHARTS]

The GOP race is well underway, with each candidate vying for top spot when it comes to the 2012 election. And this time around, they’re focusing more attention than ever on social media.

But does the number of people talking about a certain candidate on Twitter really indicate a front-runner in the campaign? Or do the interests of Twitter followers track to the candidate’s positions on issues of the day? We’ve got some insight into how the GOP candidates are faring on Twitter, to try and answer some of these questions.
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US Political Lobbyists’ Twitter Accounts Available To The Public

Whether they’re tweeting about meeting with the political elite or eating breakfast on the subway, US political lobbyists are under careful scrutiny over what they post to Twitter.

The Sunlight Foundation, a non-partisan organization dedicated to political transparency, has put together a list of Washington lobbyists who use Twitter in order to give the public access to the musings of these influential individuals.
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UK Politicians Are Taking Over Twitter [INFOGRAPHIC]

Yatterbox is a new website that aggregates the tweets, status updates, RSS feeds and more of politicians around the world, so you can see what they’re up to on social media. And in a new infographic looking at the data gathered by Yatterbox thus far, it looks like UK politicians are pretty tweet-obsessed.
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Jeff Jarvis’s Political Frustration Becomes Viral Twitter Meme

Jeff Jarvis was mad this weekend. Really mad. And like a lot of angry people, he took to Twitter to vent his frustration.

But unlike a lot of angry people, Jeff Jarvis’s frustration struck a chord with Twitter, and his expletive-ridden catchphrase took off like wildfire to quickly become a viral Twitter phenomenon.
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When Is It OK To Send Fake Retweets On Twitter?

Answer: never.

It’s never OK to pen a tweet that starts with “RT @username” and then make up something that that user didn’t tweet. However, this simple rule appears to be too much for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), whose Twitter account sent out a number of fake retweets yesterday “from” Harry Reid, Barack Obama and others – retweets that were never actually tweets to begin with.
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41% of Canadian Politician’s Loyal Followers may Actually be Bots

With the Canadian election in full swing, we’re seeing more and more political analysis of Twitter in the great white north. And while some (mainly the leaders themselves, as they go full throttle into campaign mode) claim that large Twitter followings mean more support for a party or leader, new research from Dalhousie University says this isn’t necessarily so.
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Canadian Politicians Sent over 16,000 Tweets Since Beginning of Campaign 3 Weeks Ago

There’s a federal election brewing in Canada, with Canadians set to go to the polls on May 2nd. And, as with nearly every election in the past few years, social media is playing its part: politicians and political parties are jumping on Twitter to interact with voters, and all parties are claiming to be running a “social media” campaign.
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If You’re on Twitter, You Might be Seeing More Political Variety Than You Think

A lot of people think that Twitter enables its users to reinforce their biases, because they can choose to follow like-minded people. However, new research suggests that Twitter is a potentially fantastic tool for exposing individuals to more varied viewpoints than any other media – and even if a liberal follows only Democrats, she’ll see more variety than she expects.
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Politicos, Do Your Worst: You Can Interview Speaker Boehner Through Twitter

Like many in Washington, House Speaker John Boehner is embracing Twitter as a way to connect to American citizens. For the next two days, you can submit your questions to Boehner, and the top voted ones will be asked in an interview on YouTube this Tuesday March 3rd.
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