Tech-savvy president wages Twitter campaign against GOP, loses 36,000+ followers

posted at 7:30 pm on July 29, 2011 by Allahpundit


President Obama created a barrage of activity on Twitter on Friday afternoon when he began urging his more than 9 million followers to tweet at their Republican Congressmen to “ask them to support a bipartisan solution to the deficit crisis.”

The @BarackObama account then preceded 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…

As we noted in our earlier coverage, however, some users felt the state-by-state tweets were creating way too much noise — the President has lost nearly 37,000 followers so far today.

To put it another way, he lost twice as many followers today as jobs created last month. 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.

But that’s not the punchline. This is:

But could this strategy have an unintended consequence for the president? With 9.4 million followers, Obama’s campaign account is one of the most followed. Mentioning GOP foes to Obama’s followers could help boost their followings on Twitter.

By midafternoon on Friday, that seemed to be the case.

A Senate Republican staffer told National Journal that Republican Senators, in total, added about 6,500 new followers throughout the afternoon.

Said one polisci professor, “It’s the cyber-equivalent of pre-printed postcards — totally ineffectual.” Exit quotation from one Twitter user who got tired of being spammed: “I just unfollowed @barackobama seemed like a good #compromise.”

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Twitter attack coupled with a Glitter attack would have shown those damn Tea Party types whose King dammit!

Africanus on July 30, 2011 at 12:33 AM

In case it hasn’t been said yet… Let’s all go on FB and friend Obama… so we can unfriend… ditto with the ‘like’ tag.

Little pleasures.

RalphyBoy on July 30, 2011 at 1:01 AM

The “act like grown-ups” invocation seems to come mostly from liberals. For instance, it was mostly lefties who tried to push a Twitter theme, “F***YouWashington” (without the asterisks).

Draped in nonpartisan pragmatism, this talk amounts to, shut up and give Obama what he wants. There’s nothing wrong with supporting Obama, but pretending that other viewpoints are illegitimate — or that robust debate counts as dithering — smells undemocratic.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2011 at 1:14 AM

Everything this guy touches he breaks. I almost feel sorry for the guy. He is drowning in his pool of inexperience.
ramrants on July 29, 2011 at 8:45 PM

King Midol’s Touch – skeevy and bitchy!

ya2daup on July 30, 2011 at 1:27 AM

I start to have a hope for the country.

Now if only the SF Chron would give social networking advice to Jerry Brown, then I’d start having a hope for California.

papertiger on July 30, 2011 at 2:32 AM

Which is the smaller number… the amount of debt reduction in any current plan, or the amout of Twitter followers @BarackObama lost.


cannonball on July 30, 2011 at 2:54 AM

What a LOSER…

MechEng5by5 on July 30, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Chapter 85 of “Life in the Cocoon.”

PattyJ on July 30, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Ouch, 50K lost from his third-most, near-10 million followers. The latter number says more than the former methinks.

jjraines on July 30, 2011 at 2:42 PM

lame stream reported in a day, it was 39k for 4 hours

mathewsjw on July 30, 2011 at 3:55 PM

And the downslide continues.

gee….who was right?

Idiot-Establishment-Repub-Squishes…..or True Conservatives?

HE IS LOSING THE ARGUEMENT- people are waking up and getting informed.

Tim_CA on July 30, 2011 at 11:56 PM