Kara Swisher

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Congressional Tweet-mageddon After Weiner Scandal

Were all the politicians in Congress taken up in some sort of rapture to a Twitter-free zone?

Nope, just the effect of the unfortunate nether-region photo tweet by Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, which has apparently caused others on Capitol Hill to stop posting as much to the microblogging service.

We all know how much pols love to raid the social media space these days, to garner more attention and, presumably, votes.

But, according to stats compiled by tweetcongress.org in the lovely chart below, titled “The ‘Weinergate’ Effect on Congressional Tweet Frequency,” tweets are down 27 percent by Republicans and 29 percent by Democrats.

Enjoy the number-crunching (click on the image to make it even larger):


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— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik