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Conservatives dominate Twitter

2 February 2009
I’ve read quite a number of blog posts about the social significance of of electronic communications media, and this is one of the strnger ones.

What does this tell us about the Twittering classes?

clipped from exceptionmag.com

many people assume progressives have the advantage when it comes to harnessing new media tools for political organizing.

But there is one service where conservatives dominate: Twitter, the free micro-blogging social network where users tell their friends what they are doing via “tweets” of 140 characters or less.

Conservatives as a community are currently better connected than progressives on Twitter through their use of hashtags. Hashtags are a code users paste inside each tweet which tags posts that are relevant to specific audiences. This allows users to easily track all of the conversation on a particular topic, disseminate news and network with their political allies.

The conservative hashtag, #TCOT, is by far the most popular hashtag on Twitte

Today, progressives, led by Alan Rosenblatt, Ph.D., at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, have launched a new hashtag, #Topprog.
developing a dedicated portal on their I Am Progress microsite that aggregates #Topprog tweets
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