Weinergate chills, shrinks congressional tweeting

In the wake of perhaps the highest-profile blunder to-date in the GovTwit space, organizations are analyzing data surrounding the “Weinergate” scandal that began when Representative Anthony Weiner tweeted a lewd photo from his @RepWeiner account.

First up, my friend Chris McCroskey and his team over at IdeaLoop studied the tweeting habits of Congress before and after the incident came to light on May 27th. According to the analysis of TweetCongress.org data, members of congress are tweeting 27-29% less now than they were before Weinergate began. The infographic below illustrates the pattern and trends for both parties in Congress.


Meanwhile, OhMyGov! went back and analyzed @RepWeiner’s tweets to pull together a report that illustrates what they deemed a “clear pattern of Weiner tweeting casually during non-business hours and to young women.”

Rep. Weiner Media Analysis


Over at the Daily Kos, Georgia Logothetis (@glogothetis) wrote what I think is a fantastic list of 10 top Twitter tips for politicians and other important individuals; click on the graphic to read.


Lastly, Andy Blumenthal’s (who works for the Dept. of State) take on the matter is worth a read for those in government who use social media. I think he states it best when he concludes:

A lot of government people and agencies are doing a good job with Twitter and other social media tools. Let’s go back to focusing on the positive work that we can do with them, even as we note with caution how badly they can be misused.

Amen to that.


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