While Republicans were busy putting together a plan to keep America from defaulting on its’ debt, President Obama was busy spamming Twitter with messages asking his 9 million followers to contact their GOP members of Congress.
An article at Mashable reports:
The @BarackObama account then proceeded to tweet out the Twitter handles of Republican Congressmen state-by-state. The account has also been making use of the hashtag #compromise in an effort to drive home the message of bipartisanship.
NMIncite reported mixed results from the twitter storm.
Washington State alone received 3 percent of the tweets sent from the White House that used the #compromise tag, coming in at number nine of all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Forty percent of the @BarackObama mentions and 28 percent of the #compromise tweets expressed positive sentiment, with only 13 and 12 percent of them expressing negative sentiment, respectively.
But there was one result the President probably did not expect. According to Mashable, the President “lost nearly 37,000 followers so far today.”
The loss may not seem so great, considering the President has over 9 million followers, but a post at Hot Air observes Obama “lost twice as many followers today as jobs created last month.”
In June, the Labor Department reported the economy produced a paltry 18,000 jobs.
The Hot Air post continued:
Go have a look at his Twitter feed. His staff was beaming out the Twitter handles of congressional Republicans every few minutes for six hours. They could have achieved the same thing by tweeting this once every half-hour, say, until the House vote finally began. And the dumbest part? The congressmen they were targeting were trying to compromise by passing Boehner’s bill and advancing the ball so that a deal can be struck before Tuesday. If anyone needed lobbying to “compromise,” it was the 22 Republican tea-party holdouts.
Worse yet for the President, the real target of his spam – Republican Senators – actually gained followers, according to the National Journal:
A Senate Republican staffer told National Journal that Republican Senators, in total, added about 6,500 new followers throughout the afternoon.
The Washington Post published some of the responses to the President’s tweets:
“I just unfollowed @barackobama seemed like a good #compromise,” wrote one Twitter user named @eriktimmons.
“Congrats to the spammer of the month… mr. president; @BarackObama,” wrote another, Michael Pangopoulos, whose Twitter name is @mostblind.
User AmberMarchand wrote, “Thanks @BarackObama for pushing @RoyBlunt over 11,000 followers today!”
Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook will play a prominent role in the 2012 election, but the event Friday shows there is a limit to everything.
The President, by the way, has yet to produce a plan dealing with the debt, instead producing nothing but demagoguery, threats and now, spam.
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