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Politicians on Twitter

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Politicians on Twitter

  1. 1. Politicians on Twitter Jon Hickey
  2. 2. Why This Sector? <ul><li>Politicians rely on communication </li></ul><ul><li>Allows citizens to become more involved in the political process </li></ul><ul><li>Potentially increases conversation and engagement in the political space </li></ul>
  3. 3. Common Criticism <ul><li>“ It’s a case of Twittering while Rome burns. They whipped out their BlackBerrys and began sending text messages like high school kids bored in math class.” - Dana Milbank </li></ul>
  4. 4. Norms <ul><li>Very little engagement – Palin, Boehner, Obama don’t use @ replies. </li></ul><ul><li>Most Politicians use it as a broadcast medium rather than an opportunity to have conversations. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Most Human – Claire McCaskill
  6. 6. Most Innovative – Thomas Castillo
  7. 8. Most Replies – Dana Rohrabacher 91% of Tweets are @ replies
  8. 9. McGinn! <ul><li>Was polling 5 th until a couple </li></ul><ul><li>weeks ago, then 3 rd </li></ul><ul><li>before election night. </li></ul><ul><li>Currently in the lead </li></ul><ul><li>Uses Twitter to inform media, build hype, and share opinions </li></ul><ul><li>Launched #totv (Tweet out the Vote) </li></ul>
  9. 10. Credits <ul><li>Jon Hickey </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>@jonhickey84 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creative Commons License: share-and-share alike; non-commercial </li></ul><ul><li>http://uwtwitterbook.com/about/2009-presentations </li></ul>

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