The Political World Takes to Twitter After Court Decisions
No matter where you fall on this specific issue, this week’s two decisions by the US Supreme Court highlights how prevalent social media has become on Capitol Hill.
As soon as the decisions came down, politicians and thousands of others took to Twitter to voice their support, objection, or disapproval.
According to Andrew Springer of ABC News, “as of 1 p.m. ET (6/26/13), over 79,000 tweets have been sent containing #SCOTUS or “Supreme Court,” according to Topsy Pro. (Which as a certified partner of Twitter has full access to Twitter’s fire hose.) Over 57,000 tweets in the same amount of time have included “voting rights” or #VRA.”
What this all clearly demonstrates is how much a part of the political culture Twitter and other forms of social media have become in Washington. Politicians, their staff, and the reporters who cover them are all using these vehicles to engage with and listen to constituents, businesses, and influencers.
Having a clear strategy for reaching policy makers in the spaces where they are listening has become a critical component for any business, non-profit, or institution that is looking to move their viewpoints forward in Washington. Those who ignore these mediums are falling behind competing voices.