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An Ounce of Twitter Discretion...

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, February 11 2009

Twitter / Jeff Frederick: Big news coming out of Sen ...With three examples firmly in place, we're calling it: Twitter is officially bad for you -- at least if there's a big "R" after your name. First came word that House Republican Pete Hoekstra's tweeting from a Baghdad codel both broke a press embargo and, according to some reports, put his traveling companions (which included a good chunk of the House GOP leadership) in danger. Then came this, from New York State politics. Republican James Tedisco, a candidate in the 20th congressional district, decided to get all interactive with it and display on his website's front page any ol' tweet marked with the hashtag #ny20. Oh, you know what those naugthy Twitterinos did, don't you? Huffington Post's Jason Linkins has the story. Finally, blogger Not Larry Sabato reported yesterday that a loose-lipped tweet from Virginia Republican party chair Jeff Frederick alerted state Senate Democrats that a colleague was preparing to switch sides -- giving them a chance to put the kibosh on the defection and, in turn, hang on to control of the chamber.