Politicians and Twitter. The combination has taken on a much more sinister reputation following the antics of Tweet-defamed policy makers like former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who couldn’t have been more ironically named in relation to his online behavior. Weiner would probably give almost anything to have those infamous tweets deleted before they disintegrated his political career.
Had the aforementioned incident happened today, however, Congressional neo-Weiners would have nowhere to hide.
A new site founded by the Sunlight Foundation called “Politwoops” aggregates all the deleted tweets from every member of the U.S. Congress, including President Obama and his presidential contender Mitt Romney. Tom Lee, director of Sunlight Labs, hopes the site will provide “a window into what politicians are thinking and how campaigns hone their social media messaging.”
The Sunlight Foundation states that their goal is to increase the transparency and accountability of the U.S. government, and a hound like Politwoops is sure to keep politicans on their toes (or thumbs). Usually, we never get a chance to see the original, unadulterated messages our policy makers release pre-censorship and edit for political correctness. For now, Politwoops is the most raw, behind-the-scenes look we can get at a politician’s social media actions.
While most of the site tends to show spelling errors, broken links or accidental premature tweets, there’s always the possibility for another Weiner right around the corner.