Twitter also became the forum where opinion on President Obama’s State of the Union address seemed to crystallize before he had even finished speaking. The power of Twitter to shape the debate (for better or worse) was on display shortly before Mr. Obama began, when a very disparaging Representative Randy Weber, Republican of Texas, posted an error-riddled message that called the president a ‘Socialistic dictator,’ and quickly went viral.
Everything government officials and public figures say becomes immediate sound bites and none better than to use than Twitter. ‘Conventional wisdom is like fast-drying concrete in the Twitter age — it doesn’t take long to harden,’ said Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York. ‘Twitter is one of the fastest ways to shape opinion.’
The ‘tweet’ was the most evident before the after speech commentaries. Democrats and Republicans competed to make their views the majority, often with little regard to what the president actually said. Members of Congress sent out 750 tweets over the course of Mr. Obama’s speech, according to data provided by Twitter.
The hastag is where it was at last night as congressional Republicans rallied around hashtags like #CloseTheGap, to push their message of reducing income inequality, and #YearOfAction, to call on Mr. Obama to act on some of their major proposals in the coming year. (Of course, especially after the president called for a ‘year of action’ in his address, #YearofAction took off among Republicans and Democrats alike.)
Last week, Republicans brought in Sean Evins, Twitter’s partnerships manager, to give a tutorial on the best ways to use Vine. (Democrats did the same in November.) Mr. Evins’s message was simple: Use Vine and other social media platforms to bring constituents closer.
Twitter captured the tone of the President and the Republicans. “Frowny face Boehner #SOTUinThreeWords,” one Twitter user wrote. The message did not go viral, but it did have the ring of truth: throughout much of the address, Speaker John A. Boehner sat stone-faced behind the president’s left shoulder and did look a bit frowny. He received the third highest number of tweets.
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