Twitter and the Politicians who love it!
Today I’m blogging about the micro-blogging site that we all love – Twitter. The post concentrates how Twitter is being used more and more by politicians throughout the world – but remember – Twitter can really play an important role in your business life as well.
Move over Facebook! Twitter is the undoubted social media darling in politics. President Obama’s use of this social media channel in his 2009 Presidential Elections changed politics in the US forever. Today, almost every politician worth his salt has registered his presence on Twitter. Right from David Cameron to Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband, everyone has taken a liking for this Blue Bird. It’s also a favorite among reporters who find it easy to pick up on trending topics. Here are a few political scenarios from around the globe where Twitter was a game changer…
Advantage Ann Romney
It all started with Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen commenting that Ann Romney probably ‘never worked a day in her life’, obviously referring to the fact that the stay-at-home mum of five kids never went to work and doesn’t really understand the economics of running a home. Republicans were quick to catch up on this slip and ensured that it remained in the minds of women voters, especially stay at home mums. Ms. Rosen’s subsequent apology and volte-face did nothing to assuage the Republicans. Even Michelle Obama’s tweet on how ‘…every woman deserves to be respected” couldn’t stop the political backlash that ensued the comment.
Shut Up Nadine!
This was what the French people asked their Junior Minister for Learning and Training Nadine Morano who was found to be too active…err…hyperactive on Twitter. Apparently Ms. Morano was accused of not thinking twice before she opened her cakehole! She has been responsible for a series of blunders including telling Muslim women to “…dress properly, find a job, and stop speaking slang”, and even confusing Renault the car manufacturer with Renaud the singer. A probable tootsie-in-the-mouth syndrome I guess
Overreacting Indian Minister
A professor in the Indian state of West Bengal was recently arrested for tweeting a cartoon that depicted the Chief Minister (head of the State). This Professor was not only arrested but also beaten up by goons from the Minister’s ruling party and made to apologise. Ironically, the lady in question, Mamata Banerjee came to power after overthrowing a 40 year rule of left wing communists! Public reaction was terse, with people from all walks of life supporting the Professor for his harmless joke. Even fellow politicians came in support of the professor, with a Chief Minister of another state, Omar Abdullah tweeting, “… If I arrested everyone who made fun of me or a cartoon of me I (would) run out of prison space in a flash.”
Twitter is not just for politicians
Please remember Twitter is not just for politicians (I’m sure you knew that already ). It’s a great media for advertising your business and engaging your existing and potential customers. If you would like to discuss further how Twitter and be used to really help your business then please do get in touch. You can email us at email@example.com or give us a call on 0121 288 2092.
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