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Social media fail: @BarackObama loses 36,000-plus Twitter followers in barrage
Source: Raw Story
By Kase Wickman
Tags: congressional delegations, contacting your legislators, old adageThe first U.S. head of state who could be considered social media savvy, President Barack Obama may have taken his latest Twitter-targeted political push a little too far, if his followers are to be listened to.
In a brief statement about the debt ceiling Friday morning, Obama urged, "If you want to see a bipartisan compromise -- a bill that can pass both houses of Congress and that I can sign -- let your members of Congress know. Make a phone call. Send an email. Tweet."
Obama certainly took his own advice: His Twitter account, @BarackObama, sent out a barrage of 113 tweets with the contact info for the congressional delegations of all states, plus the hashtag #compromise to his more than 9 million followers.
Tech site Mashable crunched the numbers, and deduced that in the five hours of Obama's tweet-spree, the president lost about 37,000 followers by sending out information that was largely irrelevant to a great number of them, and clogging their feeds.
More at: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/07/30/social-media-fail