Twitterring the California State Budget and Moving Beyond Geeky into Wonky

For the past six months whenever I have been giving presentations about social media to government groups the questions most often asked involve the use of Twitter.  Twitter is a micro-blogging service that allows you to post short messages (up to 140 characters) to those that “follow” you, or choose to receive your information, and allows you to receive messages from those that you choose to follow.  Think of it like a CB.

Twitter has picked up a lot of steam over the last few quarters and during the presidential election moved to at least the consciousness of much of the mainstream as presidential candidates embraced the technology and national news organizations used the service as a way to communicate breaking news.

Here in Sacramento, the recent budget negotiations served to bring the service to the attention of many who had not yet tuned in. the driver seemed to be John Myers of KQED, you can find him on Twitter at

Capitol Weekly has a great article up on how many people started using Twitter during the negotiations.

For more information about Twitter, I recommend watching this incredibly easy to understand video from CommonCraft about the service.

For list of the members of Congress using Twitter, check out, and read the recent article in The Economist about the move of Twitter into politics.

Work in or around politics in the Sacramento area and want to learn more about Twitter, drop me a note or even better sign up for an account and follow me


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