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Tweeting the 57th Presidential Inauguration

Last week, the world watched as Barack Obama was sworn into his second term as President of the United States. Although ceremony attendance at the 57th Presidential Inauguration was roughly half that of 2009, Twitter conversation during the ceremony increased more than 13 times, from 82,392 tweets four years ago to 1.1 million tweets in just over one hour last Monday.

A Crimson Hexagon analysis of Inaugural Twitter conversation found that only 4 percent of tweets were negative or “not interested” in the day’s events ­­– an unusually low percentage on a platform where…

#SCOTUS Goes Social

The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act last week was the first landmark ruling of the social media era. The Internet was overflowing with information (and misinformation) as citizens, journalists and politicians alike tried to make sense of the complicated ruling on “Obamacare.”

By The Numbers

Obamacare-related Twitter activity peaked at 10:17 a.m. on Thursday with 13,166 tweets per minute — more than three times the number of tweets than when the U.S. House of Representatives first passed the health care bill two years ago. Thursday’…

Capitol Tweets: Yeas and Nays of the Congressional Twitterverse

At 100 million monthly active users, much has been written about Twitter’s revolutionary impact on information-sharing, reporting and brand management. Capitol Tweets, a study released today by Edelman’s D.C. office, explores a narrow impact of Twitter – its role in the democratization of political communication and use among U.S. Members of Congress.

Through a partnership with the social media analytics tool Simply Measured, Edelman collected and analyzed Twitter data from 89 U.S. Senators and 367 U.S. Representatives across a 112-day period. This data set included 59,…

Red, White and Tweet: A Look at Politicians on Twitter

November 2008: Barack Obama is elected president after making revolutionary use of the Web and social media to connect with voters and organize a grassroots movement. Fast forward two years to this past November: Twitter hires Adam Sharp to be the company’s representative in DC and work with members of Congress and the Executive Branch to help “use Twitter as a vehicle for constituents.”

Twitter’s decision signifies social media’s new place as a political powerhouse. More than 70 percent of Congress is active on Twitter and, in the wake of Obama’s success, it is e…

Digital Insights from Egypt's Revolution

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Less than eight months ago, I wrote a post about statecraft in a digital 21st century and mentioned Egyptian teens who were organizing political strikes via Facebook. Now, I’m not an expert in world affairs or political turmoil, but I am a true believer in the impressive abilities of today’s connecti…

Friday Five: A Hyper and Local Internet

There’s an ongoing debate about the distinction between local and hyperlocal news coverage. Is it the geography or size of a place that makes coverage hyperlocal? Or is it the attitude and subject matter? Sarah Hartley, editor of The Guardian Local, defines hyperlocal with 10 characteristics, including author and community participation, independence and passion.

Regardless of how you choose to differentiate between local and hyperlocal, going local is a growing trend on the Internet with potentially huge implications for blogger engagement, pitching and medi…

Friday Five: Changes In Statecraft For A Digital 21st Century

Last January, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered a policy address about Internet freedom at the Newseum in D.C. In the address, Sec. Clinton argued that the rise of the Internet and information networks is creating a “new nervous system for our planet”.

The Internet, social networks and the resulting immediacy and reach of information define 21st century statecraft. Understanding this reality and the revolutionary power of these new tools, the State Department is launching initiatives that promote Internet freedom and use new media to connect people and build ci…

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