Twitter and the Electoral Hangover

I have a love-hate relationship with politics, and I get jazzed about social media.  In the Media Bullseye Radio Roundtable I did last week, all of us predicted that we won’t have solid analysis for probably a few months in terms of the “youth vote” – what so many people are attributing to the rise of social media.

I have been watching the tea leaves a little, and thanks to Neville Hobson’s Tweet today, discovered that according to Valleywag, Obama’s Twitter account has gone silent since Election Day.  So before you guys start jumping all over me about transition, etc., don’t think for a minute that President-elect Obama was himself tweeting over a cup of joe (the plumber?) in the morning.  Valleywag says:

He didn’t even use Twitter to announce his transition website, — and what is Twitter for, really, if not spamming your friends with your latest URL? There’s no better sign that his 127,196 followers have been pumped and dumped.”

What I found equally interesting is that Newt Gingrich now has a Twitter account.  By all accounts in the use of social media, the political Left is WAY ahead of the political Right, but the next two years are going to be interesting.

Imitation is the best form of flattery.




  1. I’m fairly certain that isn’t Newt. Something tells me he wouldn’t put his name at the top of a Tweet he was writing — he doesn’t strike me as a “refer to himself in the third-person” person.

  2. Mark Story Says: November 12, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Thanks for posting, Ike. I have a buddy who works with one of Newt’s communications “arms” and confirmed that this is not Newt himself, but someone representing him.



  3. I wonder if Obama’s Tweeting will start again once he gets into office and faces his first major opposition.

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