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ACCE Webmaster on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 6:31:00 pm

For many of you this won't come a new news, but Twitter is quickly becoming the social media platform of choice for elected officials.  Stateline.org's Kiera Manion-Fischer recently examined the Twitter phenomenon in an article titled: Twitter Becomes a Political Tool.  Here is an excerpt:

"California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) used Twitter Tuesday (April 28) to let people know what his state was doing about swine flu. And one of Schwarzenegger’s would-be successors – San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (D) – alerted supporters that he would run for the state’s highest office in 2010 via the same process.

Schwarzenegger and Newsom are among a growing number of politicians and agencies taking advantage of the latest tool in text messaging to inform the public and rally support."

The article includes links to Twitter Directories of Congressional Representatives, State Legislators, and other government officials.   Click HERE to read the full article.

Follow the ACCE Policy Clearinghouse on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ianscottacce

In my Policy Clearinghouse Column for the upcoming issue of ACCE's Chamber Executive magazine I explore social media applications for chamber government affairs programs.  I used Twitter exclusively to conduct interviews and write the column.  Look for the summer issue of Chamber Executive in your mailbox in early June.

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