Politicians on Twitter February 15, 2010

Written by: Digitally Approved
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Whether it’s your local city council member or the President of the United States, Social Media is making its mark on the way our leaders communicate and connect with us. We found this very interesting: Of those politicians that are actively involved with social media such as Facebook and Twitter, many are using it to not only fund raise for their campaigns, but to inform their constituents with real-time updates from the Congressional floors… as well as from their home towns. Pretty amazing considering how private our politicians have been traditionally in discussing the wheeling and dealing from inside the “beltway”. Fanscape came up with a list of politicians we think are worth checking out on Twitter.

  • President Barack Obama – @BarackObama – second only to @aplusk (Ashton Kutcher) in followers, our President and his staff are constantly keeping his followers informed
  • Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) –  @SenJohnMcCain – tip toed into social media during the ’08 elections, but now a very active tweeter, posting about his comings and goings to his political objections
  • Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) –  @russfeingold – Sen. Feingold does something similar to what we do @Fanscape, identifies the Tweeter so you know its either him or his staff that is making the post. Love the transparency Senator!
  • Gavin Newsom (Mayor, San Francisco) –  @GavinNewsom – tweets about everything from the “green police” Audi commercial to requesting questions for his weekly YouTube update
  • Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) –  @clairecmc – paints a more human picture of life as a US Senator
  • Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) – his staff loves to TwitPic the Governator at various appearances.
  • Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) – this U.S. Senator doesn’t mince his partisan 140 characters
  • Iowa House Democratic Caucus (D-IA) – @iowahousedemocrat – Iowa State Democrats created a Twitter account to update the state’s constituents on what’s happening in one of our most progressive states

We’ll be updating this from time to time, so feel free to check back.