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@barackobama: Where are you? Obama’s Twitter feed goes silent

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Where has @barackobama gone?

Where has @barackobama gone?

Eight days after the election and the Twitter feed of Barack Obama has gone silent.

Now President-elect Obama has recieved a lot of praise for his use of social networking to stay in touch with voters. And he received praise for using the microblogging site Twitter, which essentially asks the question: What are you doing now? And Obama’s campaign would post links to campaign informatino and videos.

Obama’s Twitter feed, which can be seen at twitter.com/BarackObama, has 128,043 people following it.

But the last post was on election night.

Some in the social networking world quickly noticed that the Twitter feed had slowed and were wondering whether President-elect Obama would continue the feed. But now bigger sites have started to notice. Here is how the Silicon Valley blog ValleyWag put it:

@barackobama: Please update your Twitter. Since last Tuesday’s historic election, Barack Obama’s Twitter account hasn’t sent any messages. Some Internet President-Elect! He didn’t even use Twitter to announce his transition website, change.gov — and what is Twitter for, really, if not spamming your friends with your latest URL? There’s no better sign that his 127,196 followers have been pumped and dumped — Twittered into contributing money and time, and then passed over for more presidential means of communication. Like, say, press conferences.

Ah, one of the challenges of the connected world — people actually want to stay in touch.

AND… don’t know what Twitter is or why people use it or for those of you who are at all curious, tonight, I’ll post my Twitter primer — who to follow on Twitter to get a feel for what this is.

Written by cdorobek

November 12, 2008 at 7:17 AM

Posted in 2008 Vote, Transition, Web 2.0, White House

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  1. I’m of the perhaps overly optimistic view that Obama’s twittering will resume once there’s a staff position within the administration to handle that. Now that he’s president-elect, perhaps his twitterstaff needs to go through a security clearance process. Could be anything, for that matter. Campaign staff becoming transition staff becoming administration staff–change hard!

    Helen Thompson Mosher

    November 12, 2008 at 9:50 AM

  2. During this lame duck lull, hiring decisions and transition plans are more important than updating his social networks. However, I love the idea of http://www.change.gov even though the agenda page was scaled back and there are no comments on the blog.

    I look forward to more self-service governance and communication with “we the people” – if the founding fathers only knew the power of RSS, online communities and Twitter

    Adam Zand @NoOneYouKnow

    November 12, 2008 at 5:01 PM

  3. During this lame duck lull, hiring decisions and transition plans are more important than updating his social networks.

    However, I love the idea of change.gov even though the agenda page was scaled back and there are no comments on the blog.

    I look forward to more self-service governance and communication with “we the people” – if the founding fathers only knew the power of RSS, online communities and Twitter

    Adam Zand @NoOneYouKnow

    November 12, 2008 at 5:03 PM

  4. Nice catch, Chris. I noticed this yesterday as well.

    cparente

    November 12, 2008 at 10:40 PM

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