08 Apr Congress joins Twitter craze
Washington – This is what you get when politicians keep their comments to 140 characters or less:
“We need to cut spending! Holy Cow! A novel idea in Washington.”
“Have u noticed your take-home pay has gone up? Stimulus at work.”
“Some think I’m on vacation. I voted against recessing for 2 weeks.”
These short missives are possible thanks to Twitter, an increasingly popular social networking site that is taking Congress by storm. As of last count, 121 members of Congress are “tweeting.” It’s the new media answer to long floor speeches, and anyone who’s anyone on Capitol Hill seems to be doing it.
Rep. Paul Ryan, a Janesville Republican, is an avid “twitterer,” posting 48 comments in his first two months on the site. So far, he has nearly 2,000 followers, or people who have signed up to receive his tweets.
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