Friday, January 15, 2010
You Twittering Fools
I’m not sure that I see this as being any kind of a meaningful metric. Of course, I’m still a Twitter skeptic who finds himself wondering why the Internet equivalent of the bumper sticker has become such a popular conveyor for political messages. It doesn’t lend itself to nuanced, well-considered positions. For that matter, it doesn’t lend itself to proper spelling or sentence structure, either.
To be fair, it does take impressive creativity to fold, spindle, and mutilate the language into the Twitter-sized publishable nuggets, doesn’t it?
Anyhow, conservatives seem to be taking a lead in this, ahem, important new social media technology.
The party of Ted Stevens, the former senator who once described the Internet as a “series of tubes,” is starting to gain the technological edge.
A new study shows Republicans on Capitol Hill are far more active on Twitter than their Democratic colleagues.
Though Barack Obama commanded the new media landscape during his 2008 presidential campaign, House Republicans in particular have been texting circles around the Democrats. The study, “Twongress: The Power of Twitter in Congress,” showed twice as many Republicans use Twitter even though there are far fewer Republicans in Congress.
If you detect any crankiness, it’s not that I don’t appreciate the value of pushing message through Twitter, it’s that I’m afraid that Twittering might replace the larger conversation that needs to take place on the other side of that push.
But, then, maybe I just don’t quite get it yet. We’ll see.