Lawmakers to the Public: Follow Me

By Kedar Pavgi

April 2, 2013

It really should be called #ConstituentServices2.0.

A report released by the Congressional Research Service on March 22 assessed how members of the 112th Congress use Facebook and Twitter. The CRS said that social media technology has “arguably served to enhance” the ability of lawmakers to represent their constituents, and looked to see how exactly the technologies were being used. The study analyzed data on both services from August 2011 to October 2011, along with the service adoption rates as of January 2012.

Some of the report’s highlights:

The heaviest users of both services also influence the data. The report noted that the top 20 percent of the 112th Congress on Twitter accounted for nearly 56 percent of the Tweets published during the time period examined. Similarly, the top 20 percent of members on Facebook accounted for 53 percent of all posts.

Both services have become increasingly prominent as messaging campaigns and public relations battles are being fought through hashtags, and clever memes. How the data shapes up for the 113th Congress should be interesting to watch.


By Kedar Pavgi

April 2, 2013

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