How Obama Screwed the Twitter Pooch

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I admit I didn’t see this coming.

On Friday, President Obama took the debt/budget battled to the American people. He asked the people to “call, email or tweet their representative and urge them to support a bipartisan compromise to the debt crisis.”

While Congressional telephone switchboards lit-up like Christmas trees, a strange thing also happened.

By Friday evening, the President had lost more than 40,000 Twitter followers and the number is growing.

Members of the Twitterati took to the social media platform to voice their annoyance over the barrage of grassroots partisan tweets.

A search for “@BarackObama unfollow” turned up scores of irritated posts.

“Honestly, @BarackObama, I’m going to have to unfollow you if you don’t stop filing up my Twitter inbox soon,” tweeted Bostonian @melisthreadgill, a self-described “Progressive activist”.

“Can’t believe I had to unfollow @BarackObama for spamming Twitter. Really, really strange behavior,” wrote @Arevill inConnecticut.

“I want to unfollow @BarackObama but his desperation is too entertaining,” tweeted @rdpatrick of Lavonia, Georgia.

Obama’s follower number took the biggest dive in recent twitter memory.

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4 Responses to How Obama Screwed the Twitter Pooch

  1. Harry says:

    How ironic. Social media is how Obama won the 2008 election.

  2. Mets Fan says:

    Obama doesn’t seem very involved in the budget debate.

    I guess he’s saving his spunk for the basketball court he had built behind the White House where he spends his free time. That is, when he’s not on the golf greens. ;-)

  3. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    Spam is a touchy subject today. What was cute and endearing in 2008 or a nuisance in 2011. I think this is a harbinger of what Obama can expect going into the General Election.

  4. Marcus Ybanez says:

    Where is Obama and what is he doing to help get a budget deal passed?

    He makes 2 minute pep talks in the White House Press Room then vanishes for days at a time. He seems fairly uninvolved. Since both the Republicans and the Democrats have reached a stalemate, I think he should just invoke the 14th Amendment and circumvent congress. He had the authority. The question is, does he have the cajones?

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