Compared with Barack Obama’s campaign romance with social networking technologies like Twitter, Republican presidential hopeful John McCain was quite the luddite. His sending of telegrams likely didn’t help the senator gain any tech-savvy street cred.
Since the campaign ended, the technological tables appear to have turned. According to a new study being released Thursday, Republican Congressmen are much more active on Twitter than their Democratic counterparts. And the member of Congress with the largest number of followers on Twitter? None other than Arizona Sen. John McCain. No one in Congress comes close to McCain’s million-strong following.
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Political revenge can be so tweet.
The mashup study, “Twongress: The Power of Twitter in Congress,” is authored by Mark Senak, a policy wonk at public relations firm Fleishman Hillard. It profiles the behavior of politicians in both the House and Senate. Senak cross-referenced active members of Congress identified by SourceWatch as having Twitter accounts with a free Twitter analysis tool called Twitalyzer that measures things like authority and influence.
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