Welcome to Government 2.0—in which elected officials and government agencies are “always on.” It’s old news that Barack Obama revealed his vice presidential selection with a tweet. Others have arrived in the public-policy Twitterverse. (And some have departed: The @HillaryClinton account disappeared following her resignation from the U.S. Senate to become Secretary of State; her presidential-campaign Twitter account (@Hillary2008) is also gone. You can try your luck with Google Cache versions of the two.)
For more, see our cover story, “We the People,” and other government-focused or Twitter-specific pieces from the March 2009 issue.
Who -- or "what" -- is your favorite government twitterer? Let us know in the Comment field below.
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@schwarzenegger [Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger]:
Sent letter to President Obama today, urging reconsideration of CA’s waiver request for cleaner cars - this software isn’t simple.
@MarkWarner [U.S. Senator, D-VA]:
Heading to the Senate floor to be sworn-in as Virginia's U.S. Senator
@GavinNewsom [Mayor of San Francisco]:
Just rode France’s High Speed Rail - TGV.
@MicheleBachmann [Congresswoman, R-MN]:
A couple of resolutions in the House tonight. Looks like the stimulus package is on the agenda for this week.
@SenChrisDodd [U.S. Senator, D-CT]:
I applaud President Obama’s executive order to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay.
@ShaysCongress [then-Congressman Christopher Shays, R-CT]:
In 48 hours I will know whether my two year contract has been renewed. If it is I can't wait to get started.
[Editor’s note: It wasn’t, he didn’t, and that was the account’s last-ever tweet.]
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