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

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

Unexpectedly.

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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Unexpectedly

Guffaw I just spit coffee out, thanks Allah.

alohapundit on July 29, 2011 at 7:33 PM

I’m tempted to start using the Twitter just to dump him.

itsnotaboutme on July 29, 2011 at 7:33 PM

LOL! Mr. Brilliant, epic fail!

Sharr on July 29, 2011 at 7:33 PM

HA.

andy85719 on July 29, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Exit quotation from one Twitter user who got tired of being spammed: “I just unfollowed @barackobama seemed like a good #compromise.”

Ha!

Rational Thought on July 29, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Duh!

The Rock on July 29, 2011 at 7:35 PM

I’m sure they still have the Coffee Party. That’s what, 5-6 people?

PattyJ on July 29, 2011 at 7:35 PM

I recommended people report him for spamming.

JammieWearingFool on July 29, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Spamer in Chief

Schadenfreude on July 29, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Unprecedented!!

Tim Zank on July 29, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Jumped the shark.
Released the tweets.

carbon_footprint on July 29, 2011 at 7:36 PM

The bleeding edge of technology.

Jocundus on July 29, 2011 at 7:36 PM

OT: Reid bill to be tabled.

andy85719 on July 29, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Well I guess the press conference for calls to dc and wh didn’t work out bho to do your bidding? Guess you need lots more money to union thugs to get the phones humming for you?
I just love this!
L

letget on July 29, 2011 at 7:36 PM

I heard this on the top of the hour radio news coming home from work tonight. The WH is providing a list of Republican Congressman’s twitter accounts and telling people to contact them like Michael Savage does on his radio show?

WTH?

Could this President be more crass or incompetent?

hawkdriver on July 29, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Thanks for the link to Obama’s twitter page, Ed AP! Looking forward to following him.

crr6 on June 18, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 29, 2011 at 7:37 PM

OMG, Peggy Noonan was right! Obama is a Loser.

faraway on July 29, 2011 at 7:37 PM

He may want to endorse the help of Weiner.

Electrongod on July 29, 2011 at 7:37 PM

priorities, too bad they can’t govern as well.

rob verdi on July 29, 2011 at 7:37 PM

ha :)..very savvy indeed :)

jimver on July 29, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Don’t forget he started this spamming campaign right after calling for bipartisanship.

carbon_footprint on July 29, 2011 at 7:39 PM

The NYT helped him with the twitter disaster.

Once the debt ceiling theme is over, next week, Obama will be shown dead in his political coffin. Needed are only the ready shovels.

The debt topic has distracted from the national disaster, in all regards. He will regret not having the debt theme to deal with, again, next year.

Schadenfreude on July 29, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Wile E. Coyote puts the fuze in the Acme Twitterbomb… and it blows up in his face.

ajacksonian on July 29, 2011 at 7:41 PM

President Justin Bieber sent out Spam.

portlandon on July 29, 2011 at 7:41 PM

I really dislike Obama.

taney71 on July 29, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Ospama

carbon_footprint on July 29, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Oddly enough, they have the Pennsylvania guys listed under Oregon.

WaltzingMtilda on July 29, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Obozo the spammer, at least he will have a job after the 2012 defeat.

grapeknutz on July 29, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Does anyone really think it’s him entering the tweets?

He’s far too impulsive and gaffe-prone for his handlers to trust him with that.

slickwillie2001 on July 29, 2011 at 7:42 PM

It was kind of him; now I follow my House Rep on Twitter. Best thing Obama’s done in office.

Aronne on July 29, 2011 at 7:43 PM

lol…He’s gonna need a bigger “Like” button…

JetBoy on July 29, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Does anyone really think it’s him entering the tweets?

He’s far too impulsive and gaffe-prone for his handlers to trust him with that.

slickwillie2001 on July 29, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Well, considering what happened… *scratches head*… if he didn’t send it then he told someone to send it for him as no SANE person would do this.

ajacksonian on July 29, 2011 at 7:44 PM

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

not so :-)…. He didn’t lose 37,000 followers, he saved/’preserved’ 8, 963,000 followers :-)

jimver on July 29, 2011 at 7:46 PM

Sarah Palin took him up on it:

@BarackObama wants us to contact Congress. Great idea! Tell them to rein in our dangerously unsustainable debt to protect our credit rating.

@BarackObama wants us to support a “balanced deficit solution.” Great idea! How about a balanced budget amendment?

@BarckObama you’re wrong, threatening to throw seniors under the bus because you refuse to prioritize govt spending. Time to #womanup & lead.

Naturally Curly on July 29, 2011 at 7:47 PM

If anyone needed lobbying to “compromise,” it was the 22 Republican tea-party holdouts.

As noted in other threads, AP, Tea Party congressmen made up a minority of the ‘holdouts’.

Scott H on July 29, 2011 at 7:48 PM

He has fallen a long way from the Greek columns.

Zeus would not #compromise. with a tangerine. Even one the American people love.

IlikedAUH2O on July 29, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Hilarious.

JavelinaBomb on July 29, 2011 at 7:50 PM

I’m tempted to start using the Twitter just to dump him.

itsnotaboutme on July 29, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Good idea.

rbj on July 29, 2011 at 7:50 PM

I don’t even have a Twitter account and I received PBHO’s tweet messages. Jackhole.

Bishop on July 29, 2011 at 7:51 PM

i do hope someone reported him for spamming.

Sharr on July 29, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Thanks for the link to Obama’s twitter page, Ed AP! Looking forward to following him.

crr6 on June 18, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Twitter PAGE? Groan….

joejm65 on July 29, 2011 at 7:52 PM

With 9.4 million followers, Obama’s campaign account is one of the most followed.

Somebody ought to record every one of those…and make sure that anytime in the future they say anything on twitter, the hashtag ‘#followsobama’ is placed in a retweet…for the rest of their lives.

AUINSC on July 29, 2011 at 7:52 PM

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 holdoutsObama.

forest on July 29, 2011 at 7:52 PM

I only have 5 followers. :’(

andy85719 on July 29, 2011 at 7:53 PM

I recommended people report him for spamming.

JammieWearingFool on July 29, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Yep. Done.

Purple Fury on July 29, 2011 at 7:54 PM

Twit of the Year. Hands down.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSqkdcT25ss

As John Cleese say, “he’s DEAD, but he’s not necessarily out of it!”

Del Dolemonte on July 29, 2011 at 7:54 PM

I’m glad I never bought into Twitter. Saves me from yet another spammy medium.

unclesmrgol on July 29, 2011 at 7:55 PM

What does the # mean in Twitterland?

SouthernGent on July 29, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Sweet!

ohiobabe on July 29, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Facebook and Twitter are creating a vain generation of self-obsessed people with child like need for feedback, warns top scientist

Facebook and Twitter have created a generation obsessed with themselves, who have short attention spans and a childlike desire for constant feedback on their lives, a top scientist believes.

Sound like anybody we know?

JammieWearingFool on July 29, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Thanks for the link to Obama’s twitter page, Ed AP! Looking forward to following him.

crr6 on June 18, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Oh please. She has his Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, and LinkedIn page set on her favorites for years. She is a lapdog.

CW on July 29, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Sound like anybody we know?

JammieWearingFool on July 29, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Heh

CW on July 29, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Why does this remind me of that ‘Nigerian diplomat’ email spam scam? He was considered kind of tech savvy at the time, kind of like Bluffy the Nation Slayer.

Cody1991 on July 29, 2011 at 8:06 PM

Sound like anybody we know?

JammieWearingFool on July 29, 2011 at 7:59 PM

You mean Captain Demagogue? The Narcissist in Chief? The man without a plan?

scalleywag on July 29, 2011 at 8:08 PM

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

Ouch!

Rovin on July 29, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Once there were towering Greek pillars… now he’s reduced to a quacking tweeting lame duck loser.

Ogabe on July 29, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Good fun.

myrenovations on July 29, 2011 at 8:09 PM

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

It was worth repeating hahaha.

scalleywag on July 29, 2011 at 8:11 PM

I would imagine that a lot of those twitter followers are just curious and not even close to being supporters.

This type of follower is not likely to drop him, but actually gain in number.

Kermit on July 29, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Could you make bumper stickers of that headline? I’d buy one.

scalleywag on July 29, 2011 at 8:12 PM

I wonder why the heck that 37,000 signed on in the first place?

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 29, 2011 at 8:13 PM

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

Ouch!

Rovin on July 29, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Pelosi is the only one who cares about creating jobs…she made remarks about it again today because, well, she’s so serious about it. She does this whenever she’s pissed off at the GOP, but her record on actually doing anything to create a single job speaks for itself.

scalleywag on July 29, 2011 at 8:17 PM

I don’t tweet, but some Facebook friends are reporting BHO’s tweet as spam, blocking him, and the like.

madmonkphotog on July 29, 2011 at 8:18 PM

I don’t tweet, but some Facebook friends are reporting BHO’s tweet as spam, blocking him, and the like.

madmonkphotog on July 29, 2011 at 8:18 PM

I imagine the Twitter owners and managers would be hard-core lefties so I doubt anything comes of it. The Spammer In Chief can do no wrong with that crowd of Marxist twits.

Ogabe on July 29, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Scalleywag

Have at it

http://www.makestickers.com/customize.aspx?TID=8717

Jamson64 on July 29, 2011 at 8:27 PM

How odd. Barry likes both Pork and Spam.

Geochelone on July 29, 2011 at 8:37 PM

:) nice to smile today.

INC on July 29, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Could this President be more crass or incompetent?

hawkdriver on July 29, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Why yes, yes he can!

Just tune in tomorrow.

He hasn’t disappointed yet.

turfmann on July 29, 2011 at 8:42 PM

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

TOTUS – Twitterer Of The United States

The Teleprompterer becomes the Twitterer calling for the wide-scale online harassment of his political opponents.

Abuse of Power is the watchword.

Geochelone on July 29, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Said one polisci professor, “It’s the cyber-equivalent of pre-printed postcards — totally ineffectual.

Really, because when Sarah Palin uses twitter to discuss things like her bus tour, it makes it into the 24/7 cable news cycle. Seems pretty effectual to me :)

Dr Evil on July 29, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Everything Barry touches turns to shit. Go Figure!

GarandFan on July 29, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Surprise..

Just like everything else…

Twitter is above his Pay Grade.

franksalterego on July 29, 2011 at 9:04 PM

The One must be comparing notes with the Weiner.

They’re two twits in the Beltway bubble.

Blackacre on July 29, 2011 at 9:06 PM

This assclown doesn’t realize yet that he can’t manipulate new media like he can the MSM. The people are in control of social networks. There’s no small cadre of elitist sycophants ready to wrap their lips around his appendage. It’s just a whole lotta Americans who are fed up with his bullshyte and no amount of his propagandizing them is going to change their minds. It’s just doing the opposite, it appears.

NoLeftTurn on July 29, 2011 at 9:12 PM

A perfect metaphor for his failed presidency.

Buy Danish on July 29, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Ha! Speaking of technology fails, Harry Reid’s cellphone going off a few minutes ago was hilarious but Chuckie Schumer was not amused.

Buy Danish on July 29, 2011 at 9:18 PM

LOL – #compromise isn’t even trending. #getaclue and #neverinamillionyears, however, are. Seems more apropos anyway. ;o)

NoLeftTurn on July 29, 2011 at 9:20 PM

You know what? When I read this, it hurt my heart for our great nation. It is unthinkable, to me, that our leader (any president, not just BO) would act is such a small-spirited/mean-spirited way. I literally had to read the column twice to make sure I wasn’t misunderstanding what AP was writing. I hang my head in shame for our president.

herm2416 on July 29, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Everything Barry touches turns to shit. Go Figure!

GarandFan on July 29, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Sounds like my life at the moment. Just sub in my name for Barry.

SgtSVJones on July 29, 2011 at 9:25 PM

I can see it now….Soreto on the back porch of the White House, bazillion dollar super secret blackberry in hand with a Kool dry stuck to his lips and smoke wafting up into his eyes muttering to himself something about “kicking tea party ass” ….. when Moochelle comes around the corner and catches him smoking again. I bet she beats him regularly…..LMAO.

JohnnyMojo on July 29, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Orly Taitz has reportedly won discovery from a DC judge in the SS matter and From a Hawaiian District Judge discovery in the Matter of the Birth Certificate. On August 8th at 10 pm, unless someone intervenes, subpoena in hand she will meet with DOH officials in Hawaii and they must produce the 1961 certificate. She is taking two experts with her to check whatever they give her. If Obama is legit, he has nothing to fear.

Lon Chaney on July 29, 2011 at 9:26 PM

The Community Organizer of the United States needs to brush up on his job skills. #cootusfail

sulla on July 29, 2011 at 9:27 PM

I’d almost become one of his followers, just so I could quit.

sadatoni on July 29, 2011 at 9:29 PM

He’s just a twit

txdoc on July 29, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Obama is the king of twits!

tinkerthinker on July 29, 2011 at 9:31 PM

herm2416 on July 29, 2011 at 9:24 PM

With ya, but this is one snicker we can sorta enjoy together.

pambi on July 29, 2011 at 9:37 PM

herm2416 on July 29, 2011 at 9:24 PM

With ya, but this is one snicker we can sorta enjoy together.

pambi on July 29, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Oh, indeed. It was a laugh–at first–now, anger is setting in, Pambi. How dare he turn the citizens against each other for his own gain? Worst of all, I am from Chicago–if I listen hard enough, I’m bound to hear cheers at his actions!!

herm2416 on July 29, 2011 at 9:58 PM

You know the worst thing about all of this? Is that he only targeted Republicans to be courted for “compromise”.

It clearly sent the message that Obama believes “compromise” means for everyone to do whatever the Democrats want.

If the Democratic reps had been thrown into the mix and given the hash tag #compromise, then maybe he would have been seen as being above the fray and non partisan.

But everyone sees it for what it is now, by his own making.

ButterflyDragon on July 29, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Once the debt ceiling theme is over, next week, Obama will be shown dead in his political coffin. Needed are only the ready shovels.

Schadenfreude on July 29, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Job creation!!

herm2416 on July 29, 2011 at 10:05 PM

I thought Obama said to turn off the Ipods, Xboxes, and PS3s.

ErnstBlofeld on July 29, 2011 at 10:28 PM

EPIC BAIL

thedude on July 29, 2011 at 11:25 PM

I recommended people report him for spamming.

JammieWearingFool on July 29, 2011 at 7:35 PM

.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anwy2MPT5RE

mrt721 on July 29, 2011 at 11:28 PM

People are re-following him, because the “lost followers” count is only 24,000 now.

BlameAmericaLast on July 29, 2011 at 11:50 PM

Heh, Obumbles included Ron Paul and he voted against the Boehner bill.

David Block on July 30, 2011 at 12:05 AM

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