George Osborne, a British Conservative politician, decided to jump on the social media bandwagon today and join Twitter. Since the Twitter account was created, he has gained over 27k followers. Naturally, many people on the Internet are very vocal with their opinions, and have been giving George Osborne a not-so-warm welcome to the Twittersphere. Some of the tweets included, “@George_Osborne you're a first class bellend, you overpaid, overeducated fox hunting t---.”
At this time, George Osborne has tweeted two messages. The first message included a photo of him at work and a statement about tackling the economy problems. The second message said how he was not going to tweet during the budget meeting. When he first created the account, there were questions whether it was authentic. However, when HM Treasury sent him a welcome to social media tweet, this confirmed it was a real Twitter account.
Websites like Buzzfeed, Guardian and more have compiled the most inappropriate (and hilarious) responses to the politician’s new Twitter account. Using social media, politicians are able to instantly voice their plans to the world, along with television and other advertising methods. However, there are studies that show Twitter may not really reflect political reality.
What do you think about politicians who are actively on Twitter? Is this a smart way to brand themselves and reach out to followers? Alternatively, do you think it can negatively affect their campaign motives? Tell us below in the comment section your opinion.