Saturday, July 30, 2011

Obama Loses 40,000 Followers; Twitter Loses Credibility


NY Daily News: President Barack Obama takes debt battle to Twitter, loses more than 40,000 followers in one day:

President Obama brought his debt battle to Twitter and he lost – more than 40,000 Twitter followers.
Obama asked Americans Friday to call, email, and tweet Congressional leaders to “keep the pressure on” lawmakers in hopes of reaching a bipartisan deal to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit ahead of an Aug. 2 deadline.

Was it worth it? Was all of that tweeting actually helpful? Did it advance the legislation? Now consider this next paragraph:

Obama’s campaign staff used the @BarackObama Twitter account to post the Twitter handles of tweeting GOP leaders – state by state, tweet by tweet.

His campaign staff? But President Obama has a "Verified Account". Something similar came up during the Anthony Weiner fiasco, and I blogged about it in The Technical Ramifications of Weinergate. At this point, it appears that Twitter's "Verified Account" badge is almost worthless.

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