Twittering Politicians

We have all seen the use of Twitter for the Obama (@BarackObama) campaign where he attracted over 125,000 followers. It is no surprise then to see our own politicians joining the blossoming microblogging community that is Twitter.

As reported by in a technology article just yesterday our very own prime minister caught the Twitter bug and set up his shingle as @KevinRuddPM. Via another post by Craig Thomler I discovered other twittering politicians such as our valiant leader of the opposition, @TurnbullMalcolm, who appears to be well ahead of his principal opponent in the twittering stakes.

Of course I immediately followed @KevinRuddPM to be instantly rewarded by a following. Repeating the same with @TurnbullMalcolm has sadly yet to result in the courtesy following! Tut, tut. [Update: the following did finally appear 6 hours later.]

Craig raised the interesting question as to whether our federal government agencies by twittering as well. Maybe the Twitter snowball is starting to gather pace.


About Michael Rees
Academic in IT interested in Web 2.0 and social media

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