The scandal has been more than an opportunity for mainstream media sites to use the word “Weiner” in reference to a male body part and not get called out for it. It has been a silent cry for politicians across the country to silence their 140-character communication tool that has helped to open up the government and encourage public interaction.
To those in political office who are turned off by Twitter thanks to Anthony Weiner, please reconsider.
Unless you are sending images of your body parts to women around the web, you shouldn’t fear Twitter. The medium, while sloppy and loaded with noise, is still the fastest and easiest way to communicate with us, the voters and people that you represent. It gives us insights into your thoughts and directions that we normally would have a challenge understanding. It has turned into a venue for the fastest breaking news on the planet.
Don’t get weinered.
This graphic by TweetCongress shows that the declines have started. This needs to stop. If anything, more thoughts from the political world need to be posted on Twitter. More news as it happens should be live-streamed through the social network. More two-way communication should be opened up between you and us.
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